I don’t think this changes much.
It doesn’t change the Mueller prosecutions.
It doesn’t change the assured unraveling of Trump’s Presidency that started with his response to Charlottesville. It only slows it down. This will satisfy some Republicans until the next outrage.
Trump’s thieving Cabinet will keep ruining the world.
Trump will still talk to Bannon on the phone. No hard feelings — they are all still making money and enjoying the thrill of their nihilism.
Mercer and Bannon aren’t mad at Trump. They are still getting a return on their investment. When it serves their purposes they’ll knife him or praise him. Just like professional wrestling.
Bannon will still attack the “globalists” and the “deep staters” and promote fascism — just from Breitbart etc. and not the White House. Bannon got started this week with “the interview Bannon doesn’t want you to hear” that he wanted you to hear. He already knew he was leaving the White House (the decision was made 8/7/17, eleven days ago from this writing) and he was getting a head start on his new job of attacking his enemies in his own voice instead of shaping Trump’s performances i order to do the same thing.
Bannon will run a media empire — an expansion of Breitbart — which he and Mercer envisioned in the event that they wouldn’t have successfully stolen the election. Trump would’ve been the star on that network. Now he plays the part of President — sometimes a hero, sometimes a heavy.
Firing Bannon changes White House internal politics — Kelly and McMaster are happy. This was Kelly’s call; Trump just signed off.
And just plain white folks, the friendly fascists and racists down the street, will still get red meat from Mercer, Bannon and Trump. The partnership goes on.
And Mueller will most likely eventually get all of them. (Rich people are born with a get out of jail not-so-free-card , but can they use it on charges of treason? I hope not! We’ll see.) And the Republicans will eventually dump Trump. Getting rid of Bannon doesn’t get rid of Trump’s inner Nazi, and that will do him in.
Nazis and white separatists, mental illness, treason, criminal conspiracies, conflicts of interests — the beat goes on. Bannon just now talks long distance and attacks all of his enemies from Breitbart instead of the White House.
And people in power (including our collective power as American people) know about all of it. They have lost the element of surprise. Once people have your number, you can’t get it back. Republicans, for example, know now they can’t be afraid of the mind-controlled Breitbart zombies of the Trump base — they have to fight them. They know now that there is no sense of trying to stay on the Trump or Breitbart (they’ve become a little different now) good side. The smart play is to attack and defend yourself, not try to keep them happy.
I said Trump would never fire Bannon. I was wrong, sort of … but not really, because Bannon isn’t going anywhere.
This can’t end anything but badly for these people.
And after Charlottesville the pendulum swung toward our good fortune — a silver lining of the tragedy.
Bannon’s change of address doesn’t really change much.
Copyright 2017 Richard Thomas