Steve Bannon has realized he lost the battle and possibly the war for his political relevancy, and issued a mea culpa via the New York Times. He walked back his "treasonous" comments regarding Donald Trump, Jr.
My comments were aimed at Paul Manafort, a seasoned campaign professional with experience and knowledge of how the Russians operate. He should have known they are duplicitous, cunning and not our friends. To reiterate, those comments were not aimed at Don Jr.
Such an apology rings about as true as the cracked Liberty Bell. Further, it impugns Trump, Jr. as an idiot.
Clearly, to exonerate Trump, Jr. of meeting with the Russians, Bannon must believe Trump, Jr. is a babe in the woods, who doesn't know the Russians are duplicitous, cunning and not our friends. This despite the fact that Trump, Jr. went to Moscow in 2006, and dealt for a decade with Russian emigre Felix Sater, partnering with Sater's firm, Bayrock Group in various projects including the Trump SoHo condos. Those Russians must be the friendly, trustworthy ones (unless you look up Sater's criminal record).
In Bannon's revised account, he claims it was all Manafort, but only after he's been extensively quoted in a book filled with his own attempts to self-gratify his lust for relevance (put so succinctly by Anthony Scaramucci). As Jonah Goldberg commented, "No one destroyed Bannon save Bannon himself. In his effort to fellate himself, he overshot the target, crammed his head up his own ass, and now finds himself confused and alone in a dark corner of his own making."
When Bannon finds his head in his own rectum, he does have a talent for pulling it out quickly. However, this time, he may have jammed himself a bit too far and too long to overcome the consequences.
President Trump may, or may not, grant Bannon another chance and lower the scepter of forgiveness upon him. What's very clear here is that there are two great narcissists who at one time inhabited the West Wing of the White House, and there's only room for one. Bannon had to go. Now he's pushed himself into the media via this terrible (and by all accounts, badly edited) book and once again violated Trump's biggest rule: There can be only one narcissist-in-chief.
Bannon's mea culpa makes it clear who that is, and who own the "Trump agenda" and the base of voters associated with it.