Bannon’s War

"They’re not going to help you unless they’re put on notice that they’re going to be held accountable if they do not support the President of the United States.”

Those are the words of chief Trump streetfighter Steve Bannon on “60 Minutes” in response to Charlie Rose’s protestation that he is attacking the very GOP leadership whose support the President needs.

Whether or not you agree with all of the component parts of the Trump/Bannon policy agenda—and I do not—Bannon is correct about the mechanics of moving the flag in politics.

As Milton Friedman observed, politics is the art of getting the wrong people to do the right thing. That requires the application of pressure.

A policy agenda is moved mainly by aligning interests not making friends.

And the number one interest of virtually every office-holder is to hold their office.

What the big government press corps in DC describes as “in-fighting” is better understood as an accountability mechanism: you either keep the promises you made or you won’t be in a position to make them anymore.

Members of Congress are not our betters. They are our temporary representatives. All are replaceable. Many are interchangeable.

A political party that has intraparty channels to maintain discipline is a governing party. One that does not will be a minority party until they do. Take it from someone who lives in Illinois.