The Republicans seem to think that casting Bannon into the wilderness
will solve the problem once and forever.
No. That trick won't work. Bannon is combative, and, unlike most others in this melodrama, he is driven by genuine ideological fervor. He reads Julius Evola. Bannon's grand goal is to replace "liberalism" with "traditionalism" -- which is Evola-speak for replacing democracy
This is not a man likely to scurry away meekly.
Marginalizing Bannon will only make him reckless and vengeful. Once he fully understands that there's no other way for him to stage a comeback, he'll do everything he can to destroy Trump.
From The Hill
Bannon allies say statement praising Trump Jr. was spiked after Trump went nuclear
In the unreleased statement, Bannon had planned to call Trump Jr. a patriot and dispute the account in Wolff’s book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," in which Bannon described Trump Jr. as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic” for setting up a 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer.
Bannon and his allies did not see a need to release the statement once Trump accused his former top campaign aide of having “lost his mind.” They believe the president’s statement effectively ended the relationship between the two men.
“He was literally just about to respond but backed off when the White House issued the statement,” said one source.
I suspect that Trump's "nuclear" response will go down in history alongside Trump's great Lester Holt motormouth moment. Trump's "speak first, think later" attitude will destroy him.
The Guardian suggests that Bannon is already cooperating with Mueller
. So far, I don't see sufficient evidence to back that idea. But I do believe that Bannon knows where some of the bodies are buried, figuratively speaking. (Maybe literally. Who knows?)
The neo-Nazis hate Jared and Ivanka for an obvious reason beginning with the letter J. Although Bannon pretends not to be in bed with the Nazis, I don't buy it: Anyone who reads Evola probably has one of those Strangelovian saluting arms that keeps shooting up into heil
position. Early on, Bannon made it crystal clear that he hoped to engineer the ouster of Ivanka and Jared, even though everyone else knew that rule #1 of Trumpland is Don't mess with the family
. For months, Bannon danced a very public jig atop that particular third rail. Yet Bannon wasn't fired. Sure, he was demoted and diminished, but he wasn't fired
. He remained inside the White House long after the ax should have fallen.
Why? Probably because he knew too much.
Now is the time to reveal and unseal and play Let's Make a Deal
. Mr. Bannon, you have a president to destroy. Unless you tell the world what you know about Trump, unless you prove that you are right and he is wrong, you have no hope of ever again having any influence.