The Antidote to Steve Bannon: Lindsey Graham has good advice for Senate Republicans

The Antidote to Steve Bannon: Lindsey Graham has good advice for Senate Republicans. A Wall Street Journal Editorial.

One irony of Washington these days is that a press corps that claims to loathe right-wing political operative Steve Bannon can’t get enough of him. The media broadcast his every utterance, cheering on his declaration of “civil war” against Republicans in Congress. …

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham (S.C.) [recently gave] Republicans good advice on how to defeat Mr. Bannon, his Mercer family financiers and Breitbart campaign operation. …

“If we don’t cut taxes and we don’t eventually repeal and replace ObamaCare, then we’re going to lose across the board in the House in 2018. And all of my colleagues running in primaries in 2018 will probably get beat. It will be the end of [Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell as we know it.” …

“Our problem is that we promised to repeal and replace ObamaCare, and we failed. We promised to cut taxes, and we’ve yet to do it. If we’re successful, Mitch McConnell is fine. If we’re not, we’re all in trouble, we lose our majority, and I think President Trump will not get re-elected.”

If the establishment Republicans were not breaking their promises, Bannon’s effort to replace them would not be gathering such momentum.