Today’s latest soap opera being reported on by the malignant media is about a skirmish between a former employee of President Trump, Steve Bannon, and the president. I’m not going to get into the weeds of the story. It is not important, but it is significant because of the behind-the-scenes, as well as public, finger pointing. This is about the election of Democrat Doug Jones to a previously held, and thought to be “safe Republican” seat in Alabama. Doug Jones was sworn in today so the recriminations begin anew.
Steve Bannon is being blamed for Roy Moore’s loss to Doug Jones in the recent Alabama special election, held December 12, 2017. Independent of Bannon defenders, because I pay no attention to him, I will say the toxicity of Mitch McConnell aided greatly in Luther Strange’s loss to candidate Roy Moore in the primary. That said, Roy Moore deserved, but did not get the support required from the GOP Establishment for the special election. In fact, one could lay the entire loss of the senate seat to the Dems – at the feet of McConnell, who was desperately trying to keep Moore out of the seat, and early on denounced Judge Moore with the now disappeared sexual misconduct complaints.
We can move on from the drama with Steve Bannon.
What we can’t move on from, nor forget, are the problems and issues regarding the Republican Establishment. These same issues affected the state elections held in Virginia. The GOP Establishment, represented by candidate Ed Gillespie AND Mitch McConnell, is why Virginia had no chance to take back the governorship this past November. In fact, it caused us to lose 15 House delegate seats. Establishment supported Ed Gillespie barely won the primary against Trump supporter Corey Stewart. Stewart didn’t win because…that’s right, you guessed it, the GOP Establishment, well-entrenched here in Virginia. The Bush family (yes, they’re not perceived positively by the new Republican party – Trump voters) supported Ed Gillespie. PJMedia did a post election analysis of Mr. Gillespie’s campaign, aptly titled: “Gillespie Ran a JEB! Campaign in a Trump World”
For the record, Steve Bannon had no presence in Virginia in our recent state elections this past November. Our losses are to be laid at the feet of the Establishment GOP. So while Bannon may be vocalizing necessary changes to our Establishment GOP entrenchment – and why he supported Moore over McConnell supported Strange, he isn’t the ultimate cause or blame for why Doug Jones was sworn in as a Democrat senator today. (Also note, Bannon had originally supported Mo Brooks in Alabama in the initial 3-way primary. Strange and Moore then had to participate in a runoff election in Sept, 2017.
It’s all too easy to make Steve Bannon the scapegoat, but as long as any GOP candidate is strongly heralded by the likes of Mitch McConnell – who is an anathema to not only Donald Trump supporters, but many in the conservative Republican base, (these were the first Tea Party folks) we’ll see losses like we did with Roy Moore and in the Virginia elections.
The Establishment GOP is its own worst enemy, not only the enemy of President Trump.
We solve the problem of GOP-Establishment toxicity, we’ll be able to #MAGA.
.@politico I wonder if you, Politico, pick up on the ironic bias in your tweet. "Making it easier for Democrats to block Trump's nominees & filibuster his legislative proposals." You wouldn't have written that line if Obama was in office. @realDonaldTrump will still #MAGA
— Lady Penquin (@Lady_Penquin) January 3, 2018