After achieving a stunning grassroots victory in Alabama, where his preferred candidate, Roy Moore, defeated incumbent Sen. Luther Strange, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is setting his sights on a number of establishment Republicans running for re-election. Bannon, the brains behind Breitbart News, is targeting at least six GOP senators in the 2018 mid-terms, hoping to unseat them in what promises to be a blockbuster season of primary challenges from coast to coast.
According to CNN, Bannon is targeting, among others, Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso, Nebraska Sen. Deb Fischer, Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker, and Nevada Sen. Dean Heller.
But a source close to Bannon told CNN that list was just the tip of the iceberg. “Nobody’s safe,” they said.
A feature story that was published on Breitbart this week appeared to confirm the idea that Bannon is on a mission to dethrone the old guard of the Republican Party:
Conservatives and economic nationalist leaders are looking past the current dysfunction in Washington to a group of new and exciting young candidates throwing their hats in the ring nationwide to break the gridlock with midterm election victories.
This group of individuals, which some are calling “The League of Extraordinary Candidates,” is emerging nationally—a distinct slate of U.S. Senate and House candidates, as well as key gubernatorial contenders, all united in their focus on breaking the logjam in Congress. Movement leaders view establishment Republicans and Democrats alike as a force blocking, slow-walking, or stonewalling the agenda that President Donald J. Trump campaigned on, and aim to elect new voices by riding a new economic nationalist electoral wave in 2018 meant to mirror and surpass what happened in previous wave elections like 2010—which saw the rise of the Tea Party.
“We’re planning on building a broad anti-establishment coalition to replace the Republican Party of old with fresh new blood and fresh new ideas,” Andy Surabian, a senior adviser to the Great America Alliance and ex-White House aide, told Breitbart News.
As we head into the final quarter of 2017, it’s increasingly obvious that President Trump can only go so far without likeminded champions pursuing his agenda on Capitol Hill. So far, that hasn’t been the case. When Republicans on the Hill aren’t in open warfare with the president, they’re dragging their heels on legislation like tax reform, border security, and health care. Either there is a deep strain of incompetence in Congress, or there are forces inside the GOP dead-set against Trump’s America First agenda.
Either way, we need fresh blood in Washington, and Bannon knows it. Let’s hope the voters can be convinced of the same.