December 24, 2017
I thought McConnell would have been out there immediately after the Judge Moore loss to attack Bannon.
But he waited a minute.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) took aim Friday at President Trump’s former chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, as he looked ahead to some of the political and policy challenges the Republican Party will face in 2018.
At a year-end news conference in the Capitol, McConnell offered only a few concrete details on the legislative agenda for the year ahead, which will begin with difficult decisions for the majority party on immigration, health care and spending priorities. He said he would meet with Trump and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) during the first week of January to discuss their to-do list.
Party leaders will also confront a demanding midterm campaign landscape that has been complicated by Bannon’s feud with McConnell and his attempt to use next year’s primaries to oust many GOP senators loyal to the leader.
Looming over all of it is the rocky relationship between McConnell and Trump, who ended the year on a note of solidarity but have also clashed publicly in recent months. One major variable in that relationship is Bannon and the extent to which Trump sides with him over McConnell.
“Well, let me just say this: The political genius on display of throwing away a seat in the reddest state in America is hard to ignore,” McConnell said when asked whether he blamed Bannon for Democrat Doug Jones’s win in the special election for Senate in Alabama this month. Bannon had backed Roy Moore, the controversial former state chief justice who defeated McConnell’s choice in the GOP primary, Sen. Luther Strange.
Moore beat Strange but Strange could have beat Jones?
Oh I remember…
Before the general election, Moore was accused of making unwanted sexual advances toward girls as young as 14 when he was in his 30s. He denied the allegations and continued his campaign, even as McConnell and other Senate Republican leaders called on him to drop out. Bannon, however, stood by Moore, even campaigning with him on the eve of the Dec. 12 election. Trump, who endorsed Strange in the primary, also waged a final push on Moore’s behalf.
Jones’s victory marks a major blow to McConnell, Bannon and other Republicans who involved themselves in a race in a staunchly conservative state. When he is sworn in early next year, the Republican majority in the Senate will narrow to 51-49 over the Democrats.
Looking ahead to the midterm elections, McConnell said he’ll continue his recent strategy of helping the most electable Republicans get nominated. He expressed confidence that “the White House will be in the same place I am.”
The 2018 Senate map once looked ripe for GOP gains, with many more Democrats up for reelection than Republicans, including several in states Trump won. But retirements and the possibility of bruising primaries have dimmed the party’s outlook.
McConnell addressed a range of topics in his Friday news conference, which came after Congress passed a sweeping tax bill and a stopgap spending measure to head off a government shutdown for at least a few more weeks.
When lawmakers return next year, McConnell will face a challenging slate of tasks, including coming to terms with Democrats on a long-term government funding agreement, which has proved elusive so far.
A more bipartisan legislative focus should be expected in 2018, he said, given the realities of a nearly evenly divided Senate. One item McConnell said he is “almost certain” to act on is a bipartisan bill easing regulations on small and medium-size banks that was imposed under the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial-oversight law. The bill, which passed the Senate Banking Committee this month, has 12 Democratic co-sponsors.
That is, of course, all bullshit.
I believe that the election was clearly stolen through election fraud, and I believe there is a chance that the Judge’s plan to expose that will bear fruit.
But ultimately, the theft was only possible in such a red state because of:
- The Jewish media plot to hoax a jailbait conspiracy against the Judge
- The poor response of the Judge to this jailbait conspiracy
- The evil response of the mainstream GOP, which went as far as having mainstream GOP figures endorse the Democrat opponent
That is the only reason he failed.
And I will tell you: that same move could have been done on Luther Strange.
But the Jews wouldn’t do the first thing and the GOP wouldn’t do the third thing to Luther Strange.
So what McConnell is effectively saying is: “liberal Jews will attack Bannon’s candidates, then me and my people will sabotage Bannon’s candidates, so we can’t have Bannon’s candidates.”
The fact of the matter is that Bannonism – primarying GOP congresspeople who refuse to go along with Trump’s agenda – is a solid strategy. Judge Roy Moore’s loss doesn’t change that.
Trump should come out strong for Bannonism. That is the solution here. The safer option is obviously to go with McConnell, but what that will mean is another 2 years of jokey hokey-pokey with the GOP cucks refusing to do anything. It will mean no wall and no DACA repeal.
It is a very bad plan.