#1 Bannon putting Senate majority at risk in 2018, Republicans warn by algernonpj 11.10.2017 13:46

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Bannon putting Senate majority at risk in 2018, Republicans warn
By Alexander Bolton -
10/10/17 07:54 PM EDT

Republicans on Capitol Hill fear that Stephen Bannon’s plan to wage primary challenges against incumbent senators will put their majority at risk in 2018.

Senate GOP aides warn that Bannon, Trump’s former chief strategist, is not motivated by a desire to advance President Trump’s agenda, but instead by a quest to remake the GOP in his own, nationalist image.

“If anyone misunderstands what Steve Bannon’s goal is, they have to open their eyes. He doesn’t care if we win or lose the Senate. He doesn’t care about the consequences for the president,” said one Senate Republican aide.

“Mr. Bannon, it seems clear, does not care about Republicans maintaining their majority in either chamber. He’s putting his former boss’s agenda on the line in his quest of take over and destroy the Republican Party,” the source added.

Bannon did not respond to an email summarizing the criticism of Senate GOP aides.

The former White House adviser this week said he is working to field primary challengers against incumbents such as Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.). None are considered at risk of losing their reelection races.

“Nobody is safe. We are coming after all of them, and we’re going to win,” Bannon said Monday on Fox News’s “Hannity.”

The threat from Bannon is just the latest headache for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) after a frustrating summer where he took heavy fire from the right and from his own president.

McConnell should have little to worry about in 2018, given that Democrats are defending 25 seats, compared with only nine for Republicans.

But Trump’s unpopularity and the possibility of brutal intraparty primary battles are threatening to scramble the map.

The veteran election forecaster Charlie Cook this week said Republicans have only an even chance of holding the majority despite their advantages.

“Given their current disarray, Republicans will need to fight hard to gain any new seats, and losing one or two of their own seats would put their majority in jeopardy,” Cook wrote in the National Journal.

A second Senate Republican aide warned that the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) might have to divert resources away from trying to capture Democratic-held seats in 10 states that Trump carried last year.

“Every dollar the NRSC puts into protecting Republican incumbents is one less dollar that can be used to challenge Democrats,” the aide said.

A Senate Republican strategist cautioned, however, that it is too soon to know what impact Bannon might have on next year’s primaries, noting that he will have to raise a lot of money to compete with leadership-allied fundraising committees.

Conservative activists are undeterred, arguing that Republicans in Washington have become an impediment to Trump’s agenda.

Bannon told CBS’s “60 Minutes” last month that the GOP establishment is “trying to nullify” the 2016 election and “do not support the president’s program.”


http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/35483...epublicans-warn


'He’s putting his former boss’s agenda on the line in his quest of take over and destroy the Republican Party,” the source added. '
It wouldn't be those #neverTrumpers with a -R after their name who are obstruction the Trump agendas and the will of the American people would it ?

#2 RE: Bannon putting Senate majority at risk in 2018, Republicans warn by Cincinnatus 11.10.2017 14:36

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Yeah, gosh, what a terrible thing it would be to lose our majority when you consider what a wonderful job the Republicans are doing.

#3 RE: Bannon putting Senate majority at risk in 2018, Republicans warn by PzLdr 11.10.2017 19:00

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To paraphrase an old Billy Preston song, "Nothin' from nothin' means-screw you". To put it another way, "If the GOP Congress makes no sound in the forest, will any notice when it's gone?"

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