Is Bannon Losing Stature After Alabama?

Once it became clear Tuesday evening that Democrat Doug Jones had won the critical U.S. Senate race in Alabama, the obvious "follow-up" question in the political community was how did this affect Steve Bannon.

The Breitbart chairman and former Trump White House Counselor was the "wingman" for the controversial Republican nominee in Alabama and former Chief Justice Roy Moore.

Bannon weighed in for Moore during his winning race for nomination against incumbent Luther Strange (who was appointed to the seat fomerly held by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions) and stood with him after charges from eight different women that the Republican nominee had behaved improperly toward them when they were teenagers.

According to several accounts, Bannon was pivotal in persuading President Trump to re-state his endorsement of Moore after Republicans from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on down abandoned the Alabamian.

So, after Moore's loss, Newsmax asked political scientists and operatives whether Steve Bannon is still the "player" he was within the conservtive movement and will he play a significant role in other primaries for U.S. Senate seats up for election in 2018?

Veteran GOP political consultant Ford O'Connell said, "Bannon should get a lot of grief for Alabama. But he is a survivor and he will try to wiggle out of this and shift the blame to McConnell and the establishment for Moore's loss."

Read more from John Gizzi at Newsmax

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