By Jason Taylor
I predict that the effect of the outing of Bannon will be an accelerated decline of Trump’s approval ratings, as Bannon now takes on the role of critic of the Trump administration, considering the influence he has on the alt-right and trumps base.
The relationship between Trump and Bannon is the relationship between an opportunist and an ideologue. The former is guided strictly by perceptions of immediate personal advantage. These naturally tend in a reactionary direction. The latter has a millennialist vision that was nurtured at a Benedictine military academy during Bannon’s high school years.
Bannon got Trump elected by helping him tap into the hostility that large swathes of the American electorate have to the opportunism at the core of American politics. Trump has floundered since his inauguration precisely because his ability to get things done — as an opportunist — has been undercut by the rhetoric that got him and the rest of the Republicans elected. Bannon had to go.
Kushner failed. Scaramucci went down in a self-immolating blaze. Kelly got it done.
Trump’s self-destructive embrace of Nazis and White Supremacists (timidly on Saturday, then followed by full-throated enthusiasm on Tuesday) made little sense until Friday. Fearing the loss of the Bannon portion of his base, Trump clearly made a decision to out-Bannon Bannon. This is something that Bannon understood and telegraphed in his interview with The American Prospect.
Trump did this because his only real stick against McConnell and Ryan is the threat of mobilized Tea Party affiliates in 2018. Meanwhile, the Democrats fiddle away doing nothing as the Republic lurches down the path to a very uncertain future. The American people are bereft of leadership.