Doug Jones’ victory will enrage Bannon, not humble him. Moore’s loss is therefore an opportunity to further divide the party and the country, blaming establishment Republicans for helping to elect a liberal Democrat to represent conservative Alabama in the U.S. Senate. The elite-bashing elitist will try to use Romney’s criticism of Moore against him, to be sure.
Yet it’s more than rich that Bannon, who has traveled the country on his billionaire pals’ private jets to seek “outsiders” to knock off GOP incumbents, champions his cause to the forgotten man everywhere except Utah. There he suddenly is all in for a 40-year incumbent who is tight with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Bannon’s nemesis and purported poster boy of the Washington swamp.