Steve Bannon is only "mostly dead"

While Steve Bannon took a beating yesterday, make no mistake. He's only mostly dead.

It's one of the greatest, and frankly most random, scenes from the classic movie, The Princess Bride.

Feared dead after being tortured by Prince Humperdink, Westley is dragged by Inigo and Fezzik to Miracle Max. When Max tells Inigo and Fezzik he's going to ask Westley what he has to live for, a perplexed Inigo replies, "But he's dead!"

Miracle Max then utters the famous lines , "Ohhh, look who knows so much! Well, it just so happens that your friend here is only mostly dead. There's a big difference between mostly dead and all dead."

Such is the case of Steve Bannon and his political aspirations, which I have noted are more Robespierre in nature than anything else. Did he ever take a beating yesterday, though. First was the news from the White House and a statement from President Trump:

Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind. Steve was a staffer who worked for me after I had already won the nomination by defeating seventeen candidates, often described as the most talented field ever assembled in the Republican party. Now that he is on his own, Steve is learning that winning isn’t as easy as I make it look. Steve had very little to do with our historic victory, which was delivered by the forgotten men and women of this country. Yet Steve had everything to do with the loss of a Senate seat in Alabama held for more than thirty years by Republicans. Steve doesn’t represent my base — he’s only in it for himself.

I have long thought that Steve Bannon is one of the greatest self-promoters and parade jumpers we've seen in a long time. Take the Alabama Senate race for instance. The Roy Moore story is one that started decades ago. Moore was Alabama's "kind of" version of a political and religious Robin Hood. He had his own following, his own story. He was going to beat Luther Strange with or without Steve Bannon's help, but as soon as he did win, guess who was there to take credit for the victory? Steve Bannon, prompting Bannon's short-lived charge of the Establishment's Bastille. The media ate it up. Steve Bannon believed his own press. And that all ended yesterday.

But it wasn't just the beatdown from Trump that raised eyebrows. It was this tidbit of news at the end of the day that clearly indicates Steve Bannon's influence is on life support.

As I wrote this past fall , Steve Bannon's power (for what it was worth) didn't derive from his own force of personality or political acumen. It rose from the possibility that GOP megadonors would rally around his cause and give him the funding he needed to create political chaos. It started with Bob Mercer creating daylight between himself and Steve Bannon . Yesterday, it seems Bob's daughter Rebekah is following suit and they were his two biggest donors.

To say that Steve Bannon is all dead politically or otherwise is to make a mistake. He's only mostly dead. He still has the Breitbart platform as well as a dedicated following willing to circle the wagons for him. However, with even his own candidates (again, see "Roy Moore" and "Alabama" for mitigating reference to the term "Bannon's candidates") distancing themselves from him, it appears, at least for now, that Steve Bannon is politically impotent.

And this is a good thing.

I completely agree and I appreciate you making the point that Bannon had nothing to do with Moore. Moore is the same guy that he has been for 20 years in Alabama politics (only the allegations were new). Bannon jumped on the train that had nothing to do with him and tried to take credit for it. He neither helped, nor hurt Roy Moore in the primary or general election. He was a non factor. However much of the media, right and left, proceeded to make it a Bannon verses Trump fight, and then a referendum on Trump and then on Bannon. It was none of those. It was a rejection of Mitch McConnell, a shady appointment of Luther Strange, and D.C. money and lies trying to buy a Senate seat. Moore has always had a high, strong floor of support and a low ceiling. None of this had anything to do with Bannon or Trump.

As to Bannon, never underestimate a man that knows where the bodies are buried (assuming their are any bodies, figuratively speaking) who controls a major media platform. However, I would not be surprised if Bannon is pushed out at Breitbart within the next year if this feud continues. Trump is going to maintain the loyalty because he is the President and has the seat of power. I don't know how the power structure at Breitbart works, but I would not be surprised to see Bannon get the boot. Their numbers and revenue may be up since Trump's rise, but the quality has certainly declined. I think increased revenue and increased quality are both possible.

Good riddance. Let's hope no one drags Bannon to a Miracle Max where he can be resuscitated from his "almost-deadness."

That "Breitbart platform" is pretty wobbly and I think it will either collapse or get rid of the dead weight that is dragging it down so it can try to regain its lost credibility. Now that Bannon's antics have shown his true agenda to be, as you put it, to "create political chaos" he's cut himself off from conservatives and has more in common with the howling mobs of the Left's silly "Resistance" than with any rational group. And without the credibility to be taken seriously as he trashes Trump, I'm not even sure he would be welcome there.

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