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American Prospect editor Robert Kuttner is livid that because of the Democrats’ decades-long betrayal of working-class voters on issues like trade and illegal immigration, former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon sees a huge opening to permanently win over these voters who were a monumental part of President Donald Trump’s historic movement in 2016.
Kuttner visited Bannon at the Breitbart Embassy for an on-background conversation last Thursday. He writes in the Prospect that “Democrats, the party of Roosevelt and Truman, of grand public works and strong labor protections, should be making it preposterous for Bannon” to be the champion of economic populism and is astounded that the two parties are “even in contention over who is the better friend of working people.”
Bannon - Crush - Democrats - Corporatist - Milquetoast
But Bannon realizes that for him to successfully “crush” Democrats, he must defeat the corporatist and milquetoast GOP establishment that has often been the Democrats’ best friend by easily allowing the left to portray right-of-center politicians as out-of-touch elitists who have no understanding about the concerns of working-class Americans.
Kuttner points out that Bannon is currently “organizing an electoral machine to Trump’s right, and certainly to the right of the Republican Senate leadership—and he hopes to bring that leadership down.”
Bannon - Victory - Alabama - Senate - Primary
“For Bannon, the victory in the Alabama Senate primary of former Judge Roy Moore over Mitch McConnell’s favorite, incumbent Luther Strange, was just the beginning,” he writes of the race that Bannon described as a battle between Moore’s “grassroots muscle” versus “Strange’s corporate money.”
Kuttner notes that after Moore’s victory, Bannon declared: “This is a populist nationalist conservative revolt. It’s a revolt against the elites in this country. It’s a revolt against the globalists among those elites.”
Bipartisanship - Percent - Chuck - Todd - Activists
Unlike the bipartisanship for the 3.8 percent that elites like Chuck Todd insufferably are activists for, Kuttner writes that Bannon “continues to look for left-right common ground”...
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