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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Top allies of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) see Tuesday's election results in Alabama as a deep -- and possibly fatal -- wound for Stephen Bannon, their arch-rival in the battle for the soul of the Republican Party. Bannon, the former chief strategist in President Trump's White House who left under pressure in August, enthusiastically campaigned for former state Supreme Court chief justice Roy Moore even after public allegations that Moore pursued relationships with teenagers several decades ago. Moore lost the race for an open Senate seat on Tuesday to Democrat Doug Jones, the first time in a quarter century a Democrat had won a Senate seat in deep-red Alabama.

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"This is a brutal reminder that candidate quality matters regardless of where you are running," Senate Leadership Fund CEO Steven Law, the former McConnell chief of staff, said in a statement.

"Not only did Steve Bannon cost us a critical Senate seat in one of the most Republican states in the country, but he also dragged the President of the United States into his fiasco." ...

The advisers said donors who were once inclined to aid Bannon's chosen candidates would now refuse to write the checks needed to fund primary challenges to candidates favored by national Republicans.

"He's toxic, and the biggest danger to the Trump agenda," said Billy Piper, a lobbyist and another former McConnell chief of staff.

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"Some Senate candidates and donors were flirting with Bannon," said Alex Conant, a longtime Republican strategist who worked for Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-Fla.) presidential campaign in 2016. "That stops tonight, for obvious reasons."

Bonus Coverage:

"Trump ally on Moore loss: 'Everyone is going to start panicking'

An adviser to a top pro-President Trump super PAC says the results of the Alabama special election are going to make Republicans and Trump supporters "start panicking."

"You've got to have a good candidate and unified party. You can't have Steve Bannon going one way with Trump and the Republican Senate committee going another way," Ed Rollins, who advises the Great America Alliance super PAC, told The Washington Post.

"It's going to make everything more difficult. Everyone is going to start panicking."

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#1 | Posted by Corky at 2017-12-13 01:12 AM | Reply

I hope the Trump-water-carrying members of the RW punditry end up thoroughly discredited. I hope that the Bannon-wing of the GOP end up being thoroughly ostracized.

#2 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-12-13 01:16 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The alt right is only slightly more noxious than the Est Right... as they fancy themselves brown-shirted populist authoritarians rather than elitist ones.

#3 | Posted by Corky at 2017-12-13 01:19 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Bannon and fatal is poetry.

#4 | Posted by danni at 2017-12-13 09:02 AM | Reply

Considering that Trump campaigned for Moore, did robo-calls for him, how is this not a repudiation of trumg? IN ALABAMA for crying out loud!

#5 | Posted by danni at 2017-12-13 09:13 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Should be: how is this not a repudiation of Trump?

#6 | Posted by danni at 2017-12-13 09:14 AM | Reply

"He's toxic, and the biggest danger to the Trump agenda"

--------. He is the Trump agenda.

#7 | Posted by qcp at 2017-12-13 01:44 PM | Reply

If this was a normal year, the Dems would have lost by 20 points. Trump is dragging down the party.

#8 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-12-13 01:51 PM | Reply

Trump comes to bat:

First pitch is Ed Gillespie - Strike 1!
Second pitch is Luther Strange - Strike 2!
Third pitch is Roy Moore - Strike 3!

And yer Out!

#9 | Posted by mOntecOre at 2017-12-13 02:26 PM | Reply

When Hillary lost everyone said it was because she was a bad candidate, wouldn't Moore qualify as a bad candidate, as in the worst candidate ever?

#10 | Posted by danni at 2017-12-13 02:40 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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... Top allies of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) ...

To me it looks as if The Swamp is celebrating prematurely over a battle won, losing sight of the longer-term war.

Mr Bannon may have had a setback or two, but his influence will be felt in the future.

#11 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-12-13 02:53 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Moore qualify as a bad candidate, as in the worst candidate ever?

Posted by danni at 2017-12-13 02:40 PM | Reply

Not with how close the Alabama race was. Sadly it was too close.

#12 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-12-13 02:53 PM | Reply

Fatal blow for Bannon? Don't count on it.

Rebekah Mercer and billionaire hedge fund tycoon, Robert Mercer, have invested so much money in the Trump presidency as to claim ownership. They're more than ready to step in with whatever or how much it takes to keep Bannon afloat.

#13 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-12-13 03:34 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I hope the Trump-water-carrying members of the RW punditry end up thoroughly discredited.

#2 | Posted by JeffJ

Yes you have been thoroughly discredited.

#14 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-12-13 03:51 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

JEFF

Don't you get splinters sliding back and forth across the top of that fence?

#15 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-12-13 04:31 PM | Reply | Funny: 3

People are reading too much into this Moore loss. He was deeply flawed extremist candidate. If Hillary had problems then Moore had them times 10.

#16 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2017-12-13 05:02 PM | Reply

"I hope the Trump-water-carrying members of the RW punditry end up thoroughly discredited. I hope that the Bannon-wing of the GOP end up being thoroughly ostracized.

#2 | Posted by JeffJ"

Not going to happen anytime soon. You know why? They are the backbone of the party at the moment. They are where the Teahadists have migrated. They pick the candidates by voting in the primary. They are the engaged base of the GOP.

#17 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2017-12-13 05:18 PM | Reply

People are reading too much into this Moore loss. He was deeply flawed extremist candidate. If Hillary had problems then Moore had them times 10.

#16 | POSTED BY GALAXIEPETE

I agree that people are reading too much into this, but I don't think he was the "deeply flawed extremist candidate" you think he was/is.

Moore had one major problem, one that apparently enough Republicans are ashamed of to write in a vote.

Give them a militant Christian, fake charity starting loon who doesn't chase underage tail and they'll vote for him in droves.

Unless this is a wake up call telling Dems or independents who don't normally vote that their efforts to vote made a difference I don't see this lasting beyond two years gained by Jones in the senate.

#18 | Posted by jpw at 2017-12-14 02:11 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Sure, Steve-O looks like he has been sleeping in an alley, but he's not done yet. There are enough freaks and head cases in the GOP to buy the hate Bannon is selling. He will be around in 2018, and it will take the 2020 election to have a stake driven through his shriveled, black heart...

#19 | Posted by catdog at 2017-12-14 08:30 AM | Reply

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