November 11, 2017
When former chief strategist Steve Bannon left the White House in August, many hoped he also would leave the political scene. Not so. Indeed, not only was he the force behind the unexpected win of Roy Moore versus Senator Luther Strange (R-Alabama) in the November 7 election, but he continues to go after the GOP establishment.
Bannon is now facing off with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell —and a Harvard-Harris poll conducted late in October among 2,159 registered voters found that the Congressional honcho was lagging in support.
Of surveyed Republicans, fewer than half (44%) want McConnell to stay on as majority leader, the poll found; while 56% say he should resign. What’s more, only 39% oppose Bannon, while a hefty 61% support him.
The political environment has become even more stagnant and joyless as a result. Already Senators Bob Corker of Tennessee and Jeff Flake of Arizona have decided to forgo their 2018 re-election.
Meanwhile, Bannon has set his agenda on full speed ahead. He told the New York Times last week, “…Why Mitch McConnell? Because the institution of the majority leader has so much power and he has used that power to, quite frankly, thwart President Trump ….Right?”
Asked if Mitch McConnell will retain his position at this time next year, Bannon said, “I absolutely do not think he will be majority leader…It’s not my personal mission, but it is an objective.”
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