The Washington Post and the left (I know) are in the process of creating a real bad villain. And where there is no villain they have to create one.
Bush had his VP. Dick Cheney and Haliburton, Trump has Bannon and Breitbart.
The evil Bannon is taking over the White House, you see. The evil Trump is apparently not evil enough. They need to find a real evil villain who’s really in charge making the malleable President even more evil. It’s Bannon, you see, who is causing everything to go wrong and the post asserts that it is an incontrovertible fact from un-named sources inside the Whitehouse. Even Senator Lindsay Graham, the always reliable Republican, is concerned.
What more proof do you need? This is really bad, really, realy bad.
As a bogey man, Bannon fits the bill perfectly. His unshaven visage even looks evil. And he ran Breitbart.com which heinously supported Trump in the primaries and the campaign. It earned redefinition by the left as a radical right wing web site to which the sobriquet “alt-right” was applied which they say means really, really, extra radical right wing and of course racist and all the rest.
So move over Mr. Cheney, you’re about to take a back seat on the left wing’s bus to Hell.
Can anyone inside or outside the White House stop Stephen Bannon?
From TheWashington Post: By Josh Rogin, February 2
If the first two weeks of the Trump presidency has shown anything, it’s that chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon has outmaneuvered his White House rivals, Cabinet secretaries and even Republican leaders in Congress. But Bannon is just getting started; he’s got a longer-term strategy to dominate White House policy making for months and years. The question now is, can anyone opposed to his power grab prevent it from happening?
The most immediate effects of Bannon’s influence were laid bare during the chaotic rollout of President Trump’s executive order on immigration. Several reports detailed how Bannon and White House policy director Stephen Miller not only took the lead in writing the order but also took charge of its defense. Cabinet secretaries, including Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, were barely kept in the loop, although Kelly later said he was “informed” in advance. Rex Tillerson, then the nominee for secretary of state, was reportedly “baffled” about his lack of consultation. Republican leaders in Congress were caught totally unaware.
Bannon’s other public coup was to have himself added as a permanent invitee to the meetings of the National Security Council and the National Security Council Principals’ Committee. Because the executive order makes Bannon an invitee and does not actually alter the makeup of the National Security Council, the 1947 law requiring Senate confirmation of members does not apply to Bannon, as the Lawfare blog explained. Regardless, some Republican leaders are alarmed by the move.
“Taking a political strategist and making him a permanent member is concerning,” Senate Armed Services Committee member Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) told me. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) told me: “Karl Rove was told not to do that because of the likelihood of politicizing the deliberations of the NSC.”