Morning Briefing: Damnit, The Other Timeline Had Steve Bannon Licking George Clooney's Ass
It was a blissfully quiet-ish weekend in politics, as most of the focus this weekend was on Hurricane Irma in Florida, which has knocked power out for 5.7 million people and “displaced” a lot of snakes and alligators.
— Steve Bannon made some news, though. He admitted on 60 Minutes last night that Trump’s decision to fire James Comey was the “biggest mistake in political history.” He also took aim at Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan, holds Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell in “contempt” and said that the Russian collusion story is a farce. While he doesn’t support firing Robert Mueller, he did say it was all a “waste of time.”
He also threw some fire emojis at all those “limousine liberals.”
Steve Bannon calls people "limousine liberals." HE WORKED FOR GOLDMAN SACHS AND IN HOLLYWOOD. That narrative is truly amazing. #60Minutes— Erick Fernandez (@ErickFernandez) September 10, 2017
George Clooney is here to remind us, too, of Bannon’s past in Hollywood.
“Steve Bannon is a failed … screenwriter, and if you’ve ever read [his] screenplay, it’s unbelievable,” Clooney said. “Now, if he’d somehow managed miraculously to get that thing produced, he’d still be in Hollywood, still making movies and licking my ass to get me to do one of his stupid-ass screenplays.”
“Steve Bannon is a little wannabe writer who would do anything in the world to have had a script made in Hollywood,” Clooney told the Daily Beast. “He wrote one of the worst scripts I’ve ever read — and I’ve read it. His fake Shakespeare-rap script about the L.A. riots. Oh, you’ve gotta read it!”
The most disturbing thing about that interview, however, was Bannon’s facebeat. Look at the side of his face. It’s the last vestige of his soul, trapped behind his mandible, desperately trying to escape.
That’s SO gross.
I repeat this dude looks like a white walker who eats cigarette butts and vodka cereal every morning. He looks like a corpse. #60Minutes— Erick Fernandez (@ErickFernandez) September 10, 2017
He’s not kidding about hating Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell, either. He thinks that come March or so, there will be a civil war inside the Republican party over DACA. He’s also planning to wage war against a lot of the establishment Republicans in the midterms. This, via Politico:
President Donald Trump’s closest allies are planning a slate of primary challenges against Republican senators, potentially undermining the party’s prospects in 2018 and further inflaming tensions between GOP leaders and the White House.
The activity has alarmed senior Republicans, who worry it will drain millions of dollars from the party’s coffers to take on Democrats in the general election. McConnell has repeatedly expressed concern to the White House about the danger primaries pose to his members, stressing that it could imperil his narrow four-seat majority, according to three people with direct knowledge of the discussions.
One of the guys he’s planning to go after is Bob Corker, once a Trump ally who has recently called Trump’s fitness for office into question. Corker is now considering retiring, and he’s not the only Congressman considering doing so. Three moderate Republicans have now announced their retirements: Reps. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), Dave Reichert (R-Wash.), and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.).
Two GOP pros msg me to say re: House retirements - this only the start…— Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) September 8, 2017
This is good news and bad news for Democrats. Those seats are up for grabs, and Dems have a good chance of taking them. However, with fewer moderate Republicans in Congress, we’re looking at a 2018 and beyond that’s even more divisive than it is now, if that’s even possible.
— Today is the 16th anniversary of 9/11. Here’s a sweet memory from four years ago:
Four years later, this tweet remains undeleted. pic.twitter.com/HgZqaoWpE7— Scott Bixby (@scottbix) September 11, 2017
Meanwhile, here’s Fox News, the only network
brave stupid enough to ask this question:
Fox: "Do you worry 100 years from now somebody's gonna take that [9-11] memorial down like they're trying to remake our memorials today?" pic.twitter.com/KsB1jl7rxl— Matt Novak (@paleofuture) September 11, 2017
Same Ehrmantraut. Same.
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