McClatchy: Bannon Embraces a ‘Season of War’ with GOP

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A McClatchy DC Bureau article contends that Steve Bannon, Breitbart’s Executive Chairman and former chief strategist to President Donald Trump, and his “hard right” crusaders are reveling in the victory of Judge Roy Moore. Now their sights are set on doing to GOP establishment candidates like Arizona Senator, Jeff Flake, and Mississippi Senator, Roger Wicker, what they just succeeded in doing to ‘Big Luther’ Strange in Alabama. Katie Glueck writes:

The hard-right’s fight for total control of Donald Trump’s Washington is just getting started.

The victory of deeply conservative candidate Roy Moore in Tuesday’s hotly contested Alabama Senate primary has emboldened activists and potential candidates alike, threatening to set off a wave of tough GOP races and ushering in a new era of internecine Republican warfare that party leaders had hoped would end when they won control of the government.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that this is going to be a determining factor for a lot of Deep South states, no question,” said Mississippi State Sen. Chris McDaniel, who lost a hugely controversial primary contest against Sen. Thad Cochran in 2014 but is considering another Senate primary run in 2018. “If Alabama can send a true conservative to Washington, and Texas can send a true conservative to Washington, so can Mississippi and Tennessee and Florida and other states.”

Many of the conservative grassroots’ most prominent media and political figures endorsed Moore, who beat out incumbent Sen. Luther Strange despite the endorsement Strange received from Trump. Led by Breitbart News head Steve Bannon, Trump’s former chief strategist, they sought to make the race a referendum on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has grown increasingly unpopular with the base. And they took Moore’s win as a sign that other incumbents will be vulnerable to the same kind of anti-Washington messaging, even though it’s the Republican Party that controls the White House, the House and the Senate.

“If you can defeat a guy like Luther Strange by simply tying him to Mitch McConnell, what does that mean for guys like Jeff Flake and Dean Heller, who are literally Never Trumpers, or a guy like Roger Wicker, who’s in Senate leadership?” said Andy Surabian, a senior adviser to Great America Alliance, a group with close ties to Bannon that supported Moore in Alabama. His comment was in reference to GOP senators from Arizona, Nevada and Mississippi. “I hope none of them have a long-term lease in Washington D.C.”

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