So Bannon is ostensibly going to help oust an incumbent senator who has been pretty favorable to Trump—and swap him with a Lee-Cruz loyalist who was criticizing the president weeks before the November election? I’m all for loyalty, but the problem here is that it is very selectively enforced.

The point here is that Bannon’s project has nothing to do with advancing Trumpism, and everything to do with ousting establishment incumbents—regardless of merit or devotion to Trump. There’s nothing inherently wrong with this, but I think it has been largely overlooked.

Reportedly, the criteria for Bannon to support a candidates is that they (a) must oppose Mitch McConnell as Majority Leader and (b) support ending the legislative filibuster.