Opinion: Bannon to GOP: Surrender, or die

(AP)

Acting like a barbarian leader outside the city gates — which he pretty much is — Steve Bannon this week gave the Republican establishment an ultimatum:

Surrender, or die.

Or to put it into an American context, he is General Santa Anna, demanding the surrender of the defenders of the Alamo and promising no quarter if they refuse.

“We are declaring war on the Republican establishment that does not back the agenda that Donald Trump ran on,” Bannon told Sean Hannity.

“Corker, McConnell, Corker and the entire clique — an establishment globalist clique on Capitol Hill — have to go. The globalist clique on Capitol Hill has to go,” Bannon said.

“There’s a new game in town. We are to cut off the oxygen to Mitch McConnell. Mitch McConnell’s biggest asset is the money. We’re going to make it the biggest liability. We are going after these guys tooth and nail…. Even safe incumbents like (Wyoming Sen. John) Barasso and Deb Fischer (of Nebraska) – they have to understand something. Just voting is not good enough. You have to have a sense of urgency. Nobody’s safe. We are coming after all of them and we are going to win.”

According to Bannon, he and his movement will field challengers against every incumbent Republican senator except Ted Cruz of Texas, which is an irony in its own right. Barely a year ago, it was Cruz who ostentatiously stood as the last man between Trump and the GOP nomination, who attacked the GOP frontrunner as “utterly amoral,” a “pathological liar,” “a narcissist at a level I don’t think this country’s ever seen” and “a serial philanderer.”

My, how the worm has turned. As Bannon suggests, it is Cruz who has since “bent the knee” to Trump to such a degree that he alone has been exempted from the holy war. Orrin Hatch of Utah, Jeff Flake of Arizona, Dean Heller of Nevada … all must surrender or die.

The terms of that surrender are clear as well. Candidates who seek the Bannon/Hannity seal of approval — Bannity, anyone? — must pledge to vote against McConnell as majority leader, must pledge to abolish the Senate filibuster and must pledge total fealty to Trump and his movement, as Bannon seeks to define that movement.

That last point is critical.  What Bannon is attempting is to capture the GOP citadel and remake the Republican Party in the image of Trump, as Bannon himself defines that image.  This campaign is directed not merely at Republican senators and the Republican establishment, but at the White House and at Trump himself.  On issues such as immigration and trade, Bannon is attempting to give Trump no wriggle room, no ability to deviate from the course that Bannon sets.

And if you want to understand Bannon’s end game and the lengths that he will go to attain it, I highly recommend this piece from Buzzfeed, based on reams of authenticated memos and emails leaked from Bannon’s base of operations at Breitbart.  This is the vision that Bannon is attempting to impose on the GOP; this is the price that he will impose on those who choose to submit rather than fight back.

 

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Corey
Corey

The bugle call occurred during Trump’s interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity, conducted in an airplane hangar used by the Pennsylvania Air National Guard in Harrisburg and before the president’s address on tax revision.

“What a nice sound that is. Are they playing that for you or for me?” Trump said before turning to the audience. “They’re playing that in honor of his ratings,” he added, referencing the popularity of Hannity’s news program. 

No Trump, the bugle call is about the flag and is joke material. This man is totally unfit for office. 


Corey
Corey

is not joke material

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@StraightNoChaser  It' on the Atlanta mayoral race.  My bet is, there won't be much interest in that particular subject.  Food fights are more interesting....

rimsky
rimsky

Rick Perry thinks Puerto Rico is a country.

Bawahahahahahahaha

Surelyyoujest
Surelyyoujest

@rimsky  "...In fairness to Perry, immediately before his flub, he did call Puerto Rico a territory. So it was clearly a momentary slip of the tongue rather than his not knowing the difference..."   D'OH!

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@rimsky  No big deal.  Obama thought those enlisted in the Navy are, "corpsemen."

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

Evidently a LOT of people are forgetting the ACA is based on RomneyCare which is based on the Heritage Foundation model. 


It's a support mechanism for insurance companies. The benefit was covering millions more people than otherwise, so I supported the effort.  I did not however see it as the best option for the country. The best option for the country is single payer/universal coverage, because otherwise, people will needlessly suffer, die early, go broke, go bankrupt because of medical bills.


Our country should be better than letting ANYONE suffer physically or financially because of healthcare. 

straker
straker

@LogicalDude  "our country should be better than letting anyone suffer"  But....but....but.....but....PROFITS!!!

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@LogicalDude  While Obamacare had the noble intention of giving health insurance to millions who otherwise could not afford it, it failed MISERABLY at addressing the real issue....the COST of healthcare.  And, no one has addressed it since it was implemented.

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

@DownInAlbany @LogicalDude Democrats tried over and over to reign in big pharma price gouging to no affect since so many congressmen were in big pharma pockets. 

Big insurance bought a lot of politicians too, so it's hard to move the needle without public outcry. 

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

@Surelyyoujest @LogicalDude @straker So, you prefer to "do nothing" to help out your fellow humans because "hey, life is unfair, SUFFER". 


Sounds incredibly short-sighted to me. Those fellow humans can make your life better, too. 


Fewer sick days, lowering costs on goods and services. 

Fair playing ground for companies who do not need to pay for insurance costs. 


Or, you know, you got yours and who cares what anyone else gets, right? 

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@LogicalDude @DownInAlbany  And, if you believe that big pharma and big insurance only stuffs the pockets of Republicans, we've got some work to do.  You're wrong.

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

@td1234 @Denise285 Hillary won the popular vote. 


I mean, we can play that stupid deflection game all day, or maybe, just maybe, stay on topic. 

kitty72
kitty72

@td1234 @Denise285 Let's hope in the general election Moore looses...just like Ossoff. Better for the country. We already have more conservative nutters in DC than we need. 

rimsky
rimsky

What is the Orangutan babbling about on TV?

Have no frigging idea.

He sounds exactly like the stupid moron in this blog.

td1234
td1234

Hush, 


The POTUS is about to speak to the values voters summit. 

honested
honested

@td1234 

Nobody saying nothing to nobodies.

I think I need to trim my toenails.

kitty72
kitty72

@td1234 snort...whose values? Hypocrites? It sure seems so as he is an admitted adulterer, sexual predator and obvious liar. You want Bill Clinton there? Similar patterns there. Some values. smh

Surelyyoujest
Surelyyoujest

LogicalDude
4 minutes ago



"...ACA did more for the insurance companies than anything in the 40 years before it came out...."   Care to offer exactly how?

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

@Surelyyoujest The *requirement* to have insurance or else you get a penalty. 

That gave insurance companies a huge boost and protection against those who would delay getting insurance until they got sick or hurt. 

Surelyyoujest
Surelyyoujest

@LogicalDude @Surelyyoujest  Wrong - how'd that "requirement" thing work out for the insurance companies?  Isn't that the bane of the whole system since companies got out of the markets because they could not predict how many would buy in until they were sick or needing treatment and the "penalty was not much of a deterrent to young, healthy consumers?  Thanks for playing.  Try again.

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

@Surelyyoujest @LogicalDude So, what is the Republican solution? 

Throw out the baby with the bathwater? 


What is the Democrat solution? Strengthen and expand the ACA. 


But who is in power? 


Those throwing millions off insurance.  How would YOU fix it? 

Here's_to_Blue
Here's_to_Blue

@Surelyyoujest @LogicalDude Think about the other wrenches that Republicans threw into the machinery, such as:


-- Tthe elimination of risk corridors that Rubio accomplished


-- Suing to allow states to opt out of the healthcare exchanges (which were part of the original calculus in getting the PPACA to work)


-- Reducing the amount of advertising dollars to let the public be aware of the program


-- etc.

straker
straker

td - "points of view of the enemy"  Its rather disturbing that  you consider those who have different political views "the enemy".

rimsky
rimsky

@straker I consider him stupid but not my enemy.  He is an enemy to his religion.  IMO

Eye wonder
Eye wonder



  points of view of the enemy. 


That's mighty Christian of you, tiny, considering that your "enemy" happens to be your fellow American, fellow "Christian" (in some cases) and fellow human*.



* Loosely applied to someone like tiny.

td1234
td1234

@Eye wonder God told us that Satan and his people are amongst his very own people.