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Steve Bannon is hot air

Steve Bannon is hot air

Steve Bannon started out in the Trump administration as a White House counselor.  Since then, he has been an independent raconteur with a relatively small audience podcast.  He will also be heading into court in July on Contempt of Congress charges.

He generally rants and raves as if he is really the leader of a movement.  He uses the pronoun “we” to predict that the MAGA Movement will soon take over.  “We” will get 50 to 60 percent of the Hispanic vote, he says. 

He wallows in provocative language and revolutionary type terms.  While he is predicting a Republican victory in the November midterm elections, he makes it sound as if that is his personal MAGA victory.  That only works if you believe that the entire Republican Party is part of his self-defined “MAGA Movement” – and a follower of Bannon.  Both are untrue.

If Bannon is a leader of any dimension, it is over a very small band on the fringe of the greater GOP.  Yes, it seems as though Republicans are going to do well in November, but Bannon is largely insignificant to that prospect.  He represents a fringe even within a larger MAGA constituency – and the MAGA culture (if there is such a thing) is only a minority element among Republican leaders and voters.

One can fairly argue that President Trump has a base within the Republican Party – and that could be called the MAGA crowd, if you like.  Although, I think Trump’s base is smaller than Trump, Bannon and the Democrats contend.

Bannon likes to talk big – and make himself out to be a much bigger player on the political scene.  He is not even popular among those who have a real claim to MAGA voters.  Trump fired Bannon and has not brought him back into the inner circle – not even during the 2020 presidential campaign.

And top MAGA lieutenant Roger Stone led the cheering section when Bannon lost his effort to have his Contempt of Congress indictment dismissed.  Stone sees Bannon as the guy responsible for his own indictment.

Just to get a sense of his impotence, wait until Republicans win in November. And then wait until a Republican returns to the White House in 2025 – even if it is Trump.  You will not see Bannon in any key role.  He will not be in the White House in any capacity – not even as a visitor.  He will receive no presidential appointments.  That is because he is not a leader of anything more than a small band of fans.

Should Republicans take over Washington, as Bannon predicts, he will still be hunkered down at his podcast proclaiming his importance and leadership of a Bannon movement that for all intents and purposes hardly exists at all.

Yes, there is a movement that bodes well for Republicans, but it is much larger than the described MAGA movement – and much much larger than Bannon’s imaginary movement of which he sees himself as the leader.  It has a name.  It is called the Conservative Movement – and Bannon does not own it.  And no amount of bloviating will change that.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. 1PatriotForever

    Larry Larry Larry, you are the reason I am leaving and UNSUBSCRIBING to the PunchingBag.
    Thanks for all your conservative efforts

  2. Barbara

    I’ll use the language of the left…your article is full of lies, dis and misinformation…..shame on you! I don’t feel the need to defend Bannon. You are entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts. Your article makes you sound like a Trump hater which discredits you in my opinion. Our country is going to hell in a hand basket. Democrats as well as many Republicans are responsible for our decline. Bannon, at least, has given people concrete steps as to how to help in our own communities – such as run for school board. What are you doing? He loves our Republic as do I. You cannot find anything better to write about other than Steve Bannon? He lives rent free in your head buddy.

  3. RJ O'Guillory

    …sounds like the writer of this tripe is scared of Bannon…as they should be. When all is said and done, I hope there are many treasonous people legally dangled from a rope after their conviction for treason and crimes against humanity. I hope the writer of this piece and the publisher are some of the first on the gallows.

  4. frank stetson

    INCOMING. Larry, since you aren’t packing, you better grab some body armor and hope they don’t give you the Georgia poll worker treatment. Heh, heh, heh……getting a dose eh Larry. Try walking a mile in my flip-flops :>)

    As you can see, there is support for Bannon here, at least anecdotally. Trumpism exists, might even be worse sans Trump, and Bannon, Stone, DeSantis, Abbot are all just variants of the original virus, Trump, but have morphed into even a more virulent disease, Trumpism. Why more virulent: if for the one reason, like DeSantimonious, they are politically smarter than Trump ever was.

    I wonder why you, and many Republicans, and not the sycophants here, but I wonder why you are so timid, so ready to step down, rather than face this shit and call it what it is? Highlighting Bannon’s as feckless is good, but just saying he’s not mainstream Republican is some weak tea given his power and how he is using it to spread Bannon-speak. This guy has issued numerous vile threats against specific individuals as a figurative, if not literal, call to violence. Often just because they are doing their jobs and honoring the Constitution. Why do you balk? Why no condemnation at least. Even anecdotally you can see the support he has here, in your tiny fish pond of punditry. And Trump IS mainstream Republicanism with Bannon one of his top Republicans. I don’t see any real Conservative Movement in the Republican Party. Otherwise, Cheney, Romney, Sasse, Toomey, Ryan, Rice, Upton, Collins, and Kinzinger wouldn’t be Republican pariahs. How many real Republicans have just recently quit office or refused to run again. How many Real Republicans have been forced out of politics? I just see Trumpism in the Republican party that Bannon is a part of. I continue to wait for Real Republicans to return. Your efforts, while in the right direction, are not commendable at this point. You need to really stand up, not this pussy-footing around.

    Another Bannon-dinger states his opinion on The Hill: Some snippets:

    “Dark clouds hang over Democratic political prospects in the fall as consumers feel the bite of historic inflation, but the GOP may be worse off — facing down the challenges that are about to hit the fan.

    The carnage caused by the Capitol insurrection isn’t the only problem that will test the GOP prospects for taking control of Congress in November. The Jan. 6 hearings dominate headlines but the investigation is only one of three major threats the GOP must overcome now to take back control of Congress in November.

    The GOP must also contend with blowback from the headwinds that will follow if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade and if the rash of mass murders continue.”

    The GOP resistance to the investigation of the brazen attempt to undermine the certification of the results of a fair and democratic election, the party’s opposition to women’s reproductive choice as well as universal background checks for gun purchase expose it as the anti-democracy party that doesn’t share the values of most Americans.”

    No Larry, Bannon and this shit is far from over. Especially if Real Republicans keep shucking, jiving, and ducking for cover.

    • larry Horist

      Frank … I think most of hyper antagonism will mostly be over after the midterm election. Republicans will take over Congress and make gains across the country. Suddenly, the people we see that Republican governance is not the scary fairy tale that the Dems and the left-wing media have been peddling in recent years. A certain level of normalcy will return to the political world. The Trump personality will be less of a factor — no matter where all the legal cases wind up. The country is returning to its long conservative-right tradition. The crazy left is the most endangered political species (and I do not mean violence). It appear more and more minorities are moving to the GOP — as they have been trending in recent elections. Some polls suggest that the GOP could get a majority of the Hispanic vote and possible 20 percent of the Black vote. We may be seeing the formation of a new conservative coalition. If the GOP takes the White House in 2024, Democrats may be relegated to a bicoastal regional party — with limited national power. No reason to debate my vision because it will take the future election to uphold it … or refute it.

      • frank Stetson

        Hmmm. You felt the need to share, no need for anyone else to kibitz now that GOD has spoken?

        No Larry, electing Republicans will in no way diminish Trumpism any more than Biden could bring the country, and these folks, back together again. You can lead a horist to water…. Only when minds change can change occur. Not sure we are ready for that to happen. Too many lies.

        Midterms might give you Congress but without the Executive Branch, not much will change unless you nuke the supermajority. Not much will change. In 2024, if Trump takes it we go to the era of revenge. DeSantis and who knows. And who knows who we put up, not Biden though and we have a weak field currently.

        But this shit is getting deep: poll worker’s threatened. A grandmother’s house broken into, men claiming to make citizen’s arrest, demand her poll worker daughter, — it’s Georgia, she’s Black, you do the math on how she felt. Entire poll work forces quit over the threats. Fucking all over that guy’s house three weeks before his terminally ill daughter works — they’re hitting the megaphones, fighting with neighbors, all hours. Death threats not on Kinzinger, but his family. Cheney for months. The Big Lie has a lot of physical wounds and no mid term blowout will change that. Most of em running on The Big Lie anyways.

        You noted that the Select Committee is unfair because only one side is telling the story. Since when does truth have a side? Are there multiple truths in this world based on the number of political parties? I think you have answered your own question about this not going away. How can it if there are always two truths? One per side. Pretty much shows where our citizens are, entrenched, dug in, not open to listening, and feeling really, really pissed off. Both sides.

        FYI: you probably said the same thing when Trump came to town.

        How does Republicans taking the Congress change that?

        • larry Horist

          Frank ,,, you underestimate the power of leadership and the goodness of most people. I see the news leaders rising across the country on both sides. There really is no such things a Trumpism or wokeness among the vast majority of people. I think we are on the verge of a common sense and civility. It will take a few years to see it take over completely, but the real change is happening now.

          • frank stetson

            I am glad for your Kumbaya moment now that you think you have the mid-terms sown up :>)

            Obviously, I hate Trump. I am not real happy right now with Biden either. I also don’t see any great conclusion or closure on the 2020 election. You have not conceded the election and I don’t see 1/6 as ever being resolved to anyone’s satisfaction. You just want to arrest some troublemakers and sweep the rest under the carpet. Tourists gone mad. In 2021, 25% of all Americans think Donald Trump is the legitimate President, not sure how much that needle has moved, but saying no such thing as Trumpism in the vast majority of Republicans does not seem true. Your lead guy, DeSantis, practices Trumpism, in spades. Your party attracts extremists, racists, and haters. My party has angry minorities and anarchists and elects a number of socialists. Trumpism is even accelerating that schism in my party.

            Myself, I see Eric Greiten’s RINO Hunting ad; that’s not civility I see over 850 charges, hundreds to go, over 1,000 to be convicted as examples of your new leadership, Trumpism, and the blinders so firmly in place in the Republican party. You say there is no Trumpism in the vast majority of people, sorry, I say he still matters and worse yet, Trumpism is ingrained throughout your party. Your have a number of extremists, or those with extremist ties running. You have a guy from jail running. Arpaio running. Grimm running. Blankenship running. These are not centrists, they are not “tame” people.

            I see a Republicans party that can not repudiate Trump’s election actions, much less condemn him. I see a Republican party hell bent to sweep it all under the carpet, win the midterms, and then mandate we come together patriotically for the good of the country as if it all never happened. No Larry, we have a problem that a little kumbaya and time is not going to cure.

            Glad you feel it’s “mission accomplished,” I feel we have not even started. I still have that feeling I had in 1969 as we came very close to burning it all down. Biden could have been our Kumbaya start and we have screwed that pooch.

            You should have helped impeach this guy. Now you should do it again, but the midterms will probably turn that worm upon it’s head. Without a third impeachment, one that sticks, we will proceed via DOJ through the courts —- you can’t stop that even by winning the midterms. This will further divide us all, much more than an impeachment ever would. No Larry, I do not see us on the road to Kumbaya, far from it.