Bannon’s Game: White Supremacist takeover of GOP

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – –

Steve Bannon’s trash-talking of the Trump in the interviews he gave in Michael Wolff’s new book, “Fire and Fury,” are not political suicide and not just pique. Bannon wants to take over the Republican Party.

Nor is Bannon likely to be deterred by Trump’s ‘cease and desist’ defamation order.

For Bannon, Trump was just a useful idiot who unfortunately brought along not only his white nationalists but also what he calls globalists. From Bannon’s insular white nationalist point of view, the globalists won out in the Trump White House, so now it is time to move on to stage two of taking over the party.

In the 1970s, when Tricky Dick Nixon and his various criminal elements thought up the Southern Strategy, they had no idea that they were not only gaining a huge new constituency for the Republican Party but that they were also ensuring their own marginalization. For all his personal flaws and sheer criminality, Dick Nixon was the old genteel GOP, born a Quaker, a Californian, an attorney, a relatively wealthy man, a backer of price controls and a supporter of abortion.

When the Republicans picked up most white southerners, who seemed not to want to stay in the Democratic Party of their fathers and grandfathers if it meant now having to share it with African-Americans, they also picked up evangelicalism. Evangelical Christianity is not only a phenomenon of the South– there are evangelicals all over the country, and many of them are middle or upper middle class. But they overlap with some denominations and the Baptists are dominant in the South.

And the Evangelicals gave up their traditional quietism and became political and primaried the old Nixon-style Republicans through the 1980s and 1990s especially in the South, and they won those primaries. They made an anti-abortion stance de rigeur. They fought women’s and gay rights. The new GOP that they took over and reshaped did not look anything like the party of 1968 when Nixon won.

Bannon wants to do to the evangelicals and other Republican candidates what they had done to the old genteel GOP of Wall Street investors and Nebraska farmers. He wants to run far right Neo-Nazis in his own mold in primaries, and gradually take over the GOP.

From his point of view, Trump has now become a liability in that quest. Hence, he is glad to help deep-six Trump. What the Republican Party would look like under Bannon’s tender ministrations is clear. You just have to look at his and Breitbart’s strident support for Judge Roy Moore, for someone who wanted to get rid of the First Amendment and whose taste in women ran to the child side.

So don’t worry about the White House. Look who Breitbart is supporting in the way of the “Hail the Leader” factions for Congress in 2018.

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18 Responses

  1. Yes, but the man is plainly incompetent. Aside from Trump’s “victory,” he’s been a miserable political failure (viz, Roy Moore). And he just insulted the Nazis’ official leader, Trump, who pronounced anathema upon him. How that translates to a winning formula escapes me.

    • They can win because they have a ruthless and demented political machine behind their back, aka the GOP. I can’t even get my head around the danger to our democracy, our country’s physical survival, and the preservation of our species at this late date.

      If and when we survive this not only do we need to establish a commission to reassess the nature of the presidency, we need a judicial body that will ensure Ryan, McConell, Priebus, and Trump’s inner circle, family, and all pertinent enablers are put behind bars for reckless endangerment of, well, everyone and everything.

      And if and when the dust is cleared, we will wish to know their names no longer.

      • you watch too many movies.
        the locution, “if and when we achieve our goals” reveals that you think this is a one-time battle,
        and upon achieving victory,
        the threat subsides.
        not so.
        .

  2. Bannon, the failed Hollywood producer, has delusions of grandeur…..”Trump. I made you. I can break you!” Using Hollywood as a guide it will take a charismatic good ol’ boy” straight out of central casting for a “A Face in the Crowd” to win over Trump’s base.

    It has to be someone with wit and likeability (which eliminates Hannity and everyone at Fox.) The multi millionaire cult leader Joel Osteen comes to mind but the hurricane proved, although he can cry and laugh on cue, he doesn’t have the killer instinct.

    To hedge their bets and with their two trillion dollar tax gift in place the kingmakers are surely looking for that replacement. They just need to make sure the replacement will support their war with Iran.

  3. Steve Bannon is merely a super-wealthy backed CCM creation much like Trump was initially. Unfortunately, Bannon is a “knowing madman” – the worst kind of defective while Trump is merely a idiot.

    CCM created Bannon. CCM can “dis-create” Bannon, easily.

    Bannon, WHO?!

  4. It will be interesting to see how the far right fragments as a result of this. Can Bannon still be a player without Mercers’ backing? We will find out. Really looking forward to the real story about why Trump parted ways with is personal security goon.

  5. Juan: You really nailed it with the part about Evangelicals taking over the Republican Party. I’ve been reading, thinking, and worrying about that group for some time in my frame of a life time as a “Progressive Protestant” Christian. It’s all about having power by whatever means.

  6. Ah, I’m so tired reading about this crap. We may not have liked all of their policies but we once had people like Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Clinton and Obama. Flawed men, perhaps, but men of ability who understood that their job was bigger than themselves, and that they ought to appeal to our better angels, not our inner devils.

    Bannon. Trump. The Mercers. The Kochs.

    Ugh. They – and their deplorable lackeys in Congress – make me want to vomit.

  7. Professor Cole – The Dominionist threat embodied in Vice President Pence is far more worrisome.

    The actual threat from the religious right is just a heartbeat away.

  8. As a human being, as a citizen, as someone who has more than grade school education I can and will fight all wrongs: Trump, Bannon, Kochs and Wall Street. I can walk and chew gum as needed

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