Breitbart CEO Steve Bannon was widely mocked in political circles following Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore’s humiliating loss in the deep-red state of Alabama.
Bannon was one of Moore’s earliest supporters and campaigned in Alabama for the scandal-plagued candidate. In the primary run-off, Bannon backed Moore over President Trump’s preferred candidate, Republican Sen. Luther Strange. (RELATED: WSJ Editorial: Bannon May Be Rooting For Republicans To Lose The Senate)
“Luther Strange would have won in a landslide… Just too much crazy in nerve racking times,” influential news kingpin Matt Drudge wrote on Twitter following Moore’s loss. “There IS a limit!”
“This is a brutal reminder that candidate quality matters regardless of where you are running,” Steve Law, president of the Senate Leadership Fund, a Republican super PAC, said in a statement. “Not only did Steve Bannon cost us a critical Senate seat in one of the most Republican states in the country, but he also dragged the President of the United States into his fiasco,” Law said.
Democratic strategist Paul Begala mockingly thanked Bannon for making Democratic candidate Doug Jones’ victory possible.
“Special thanks to the genius strategist who did so much to make this happen: Steve Bannon,” Begala gloated.
Special thanks to the genius strategist who did so much to make this happen: Steve Bannon.
— Paul Begala (@PaulBegala) December 13, 2017
“Bannon’s sure showing those establishment cucks a thing or two right now,” wrote Daily Wire editor in chief Ben Shapiro, a former Breitbart editor.
Steve Bannon’s campaign to depose Mitch McConnell takes a big step forward, by throwing away a seat in a ruby red state
— Rich Lowry (@RichLowry) December 13, 2017
Steve Bannon, political genius.
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) December 13, 2017
The GOP lost a safe Senate seat tonight thanks to Steve Bannon.
This race will hunt the GOP for years to come, thanks to Steve Bannon.
Steve Bannon has hijacked the party of Lincoln and Reagan, and it’s time to take our party back!
— The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) December 13, 2017
Before we get the results, I’d just like to thank Steve Bannon for showing us how to lose the reddest state in the union and Governor Ivey for the opportunity to make this national embarrassment a reality
— Josh Holmes (@HolmesJosh) December 13, 2017
Next time maybe Bannon will won’t fight Trump’s primary endorsement out of ego and cost the GOP a senate seat.
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) December 13, 2017
“Can we all take a moment to recognize the political savvy of Steve Bannon?” asked Josh Moon, a columnist with the Alabama Reporter. “I hope this is the end for that troll.”
The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board previously suggested last month that Bannon wants Republicans to lose the Senate majority, calling Bannon the “partial architect” of Republicans’ Roy Moore mess.
“As for Mr. Bannon,” the WSJ editors wrote, “we’re beginning to suspect that he wants Republicans to lose the Senate because it’s easier to rage in opposition. He may get his wish.”
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