Someone Tell Steve Bannon That Trump Needs More Republican Senators, Not Different Ones

It's not hard to share the frustration that has led Steve Bannon to promise to primary every Republican senator up for re-election in 2018 (except for Ted Cruz).

It's not hard to understand why Bannon is fed up with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. McConnell has had seven years to figure out how to repeal Obamacare, and he still can't get that or tax reform or anything else across the finish line. He seems unable to corral his members and unwilling to truly do the work required to drain the swamp, and he's pretty clearly not a close friend of the administration despite his recent public kumbaya.

It's not even all that hard to understand why Bannon would try to clean house – even going after octogenarian Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.

But what is hard to understand is exactly what problem Bannon seeks to solve with this purge. The Republican senators up for election in 2018 have not been the dam blocking Trump's agenda. Indeed, all voted with him on every iteration of Obamacare repeal, and all but one have voted with him at least 91 percent of the time.

In fact, Jeff Flake of Arizona, who already is in trouble in his primary, may not always have had favorable things to say about Trump, but he's voted with the president 91.7 percent of the time. John Barrasso of Wyoming, Orrin Hatch of Utah and Roger Wicker of Mississippi, all targeted by Bannon, have voted with Trump nearly 96 percent of the time.

Meanwhile, the senators who did vote against him at key times – Susan Collins of Maine, John McCain of Arizona, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska – are not up for re-election in 2018.

Read more from Ford O'Connell at the Washington Examiner

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