Now Bannon is bushwhacking electable Republicans
The Squire received his first Christmas gift this season. My personal Santa is a most interesting and accomplished citizen, former U.S. Justice Department civil rights attorney and fighter pilot Bud Sather of Middleton. He was also former chief legal counsel to Gov. Warren Knowles.
Bud bestowed a book: Let Trump Be Trump, written by the President’s first campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, and David Bossie, the plaintiff in the Citizens United case. (The book’s message, The Weekly Standard snarked: “Let Trump be Bannon.”) Oh, well. It’s the thought that counts. Thanks, Bud!
But if Trump wanted to be Trump, if his Trump-osities were bringing win after win, he would not have found it necessary to call in the Marines. Four-star Marine Corps General John F. Kelly was specifically assigned to impose order. If Trump wanted to continue being Trump he would not have pushed out Steve Bannon, Paul Manafort, the Mooch, and other figures of the political underworld. People CAN grow in office. JFK did.
Taking his revenge like “Bloody Bill” Anderson’s Civil War guerrillas, Bannon is bushwhacking elected (and therefore, electable) Republican senators — especially majority leader Mitch McConnell, who has fought for every Trump initiative permitted by the Constitution, including repealing Obamacare. (Not Mitch’s fault Trump dissed McCain before the election! That’s not draining the swamp; that is breeding more alligators.)
We have our own example of a Bannon Republican in Wisconsin, one Paul Nehlen, who again appears to be running against Speaker Ryan, after garnering 16% of the primary vote in 2016. A few weeks ago Nehlen told a journalist to “eat a bullet.”
Trumpites love that kind of talk. Voters not so much.
‘Bannon is for losers’
“It takes a very special Republican to lose in Alabama,” Karl Rove writes in today’s Wall Street Journal, after Bannon-backed Roy Moore lost to a pro-abortion Democrat.
… Roy Moore is the most recent in a too-long line of cranks and nuts who threw away almost-certain Republican victories in Senate races. It started in 2010 with Nevada’s Sharron Angle and Delaware’s Christine O’Donnell, continued in 2012 with Missouri’s Todd Akin and Indiana’s Richard Mourdock …
“If [Tuesday’s] election proved anything, it proved that we need to put up GREAT Republican candidates,” the president tweeted Wednesday morning. That’s absolutely correct. So don’t put Steve Bannon in charge of recruitment.
Instead of draining the swamp, Bannon made it more likely the next retiree from the Supreme Court will be replaced with an alligator instead of another Neil Gorsuch.
“Mr. Bannon cares less about conservative policy victories than he does personal king-making,” today’s Wall Street Journal editorial admonishes.
He wants to depose Mitch McConnell as Majority Leader even if it costs Republicans Senate control. GOP voters, take note: Mr. Bannon is for losers. …. The Moore defeat should also be a lesson to the Republican Party, and President Trump, that many GOP voters are still at heart character voters.
“The obvious lesson here is that angry populism fueled by resentment against the bogeyman of supposed ‘elites’ is not the basis for a political party or movement,” Robert Tracinski in The Federalist.
Republicans are or ought to be the champions of honest but limited government and paragons of personal responsibility.
“As frustrating as it is to lose a Senate seat in a ruby-red state, it would be worse to spend the next three years having every inane, offensive, and Constitutionally illiterate utterance from Roy Moore’s mouth hung around the necks of rest of the party,” observes Jim Geraghty in National Review.
Did you notice? We’re not quoting liberals, progressives, or socialists here!
Maybe it’s a matter of ‘Wisconsin nice’
We suspect our fellow wizard, Jim Wigderson, got it right over at Right Wisconsin:
If there is a lesson for Republicans in last night’s results from Alabama, it’s that character still matters, at least at a statewide level. You can count the noses and figure the vote margins, but in the end Judge Roy Moore was the one Republican who could lose in Alabama.
Now Democrats in Wisconsin are at least feigning that the results are somehow meaningful in Wisconsin. “We just elected a Democrat in Alabama,” tweeted Randy Bryce, a Democrat challenging House Speaker Paul Ryan. “The most conservative state in the country. Next up, it’s Paul Ryan’s turn to face the voters.”
Democratic gubernatorial candidates state Rep. Dana Wachs (D-La Crosse) sent a fundraising email, “If Alabama can do it, so can we.” … But unless Ryan or Walker have been pursuing dates in Wisconsin’s middle schools, what happened in Alabama doesn’t translate to here.
We repeat that Kevin Nicholson is the current Bannon favorite to replace Tammy Baldwin next year. We would be supporting Leah Vukmir even if she were not best friends with Our Ms. Vicki.