Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), who occasionally has colorful things to say about the Republican Party's direction, shared a notable thought this morning. "After Alabama disaster GOP must do right thing and DUMP Steve Bannon," King wrote. "His act is tired, inane and morally vacuous. If we are to Make America Great Again for all Americans, Bannon must go! And go NOW!!"
As TPM noted this morning, it's an increasingly common sentiment.
Republicans members of Congress and conservative media are united in blaming one person for their party's loss in the deep red state of Alabama Tuesday night: Steve Bannon.
In a scathing editorial published late Tuesday evening, the Wall Street Journal ignited the revolt, declaring that "Bannon is for losers."
"The Alabama result shows that Mr. Bannon cares less about conservative policy victories than he does personal king-making," the editorial board wrote. "He wants to depose Mitch McConnell as Majority Leader even if it costs Republicans Senate control. GOP voters, take note: Mr. Bannon is for losers."
The piece dovetailed nicely with a tweet last night from National Review's David French: "Consider for a moment the magnitude of Steve Bannon's genius. Not every man can make an [Alabama] senate race close. Steve Bannon can."
That was published an hour before the race was called for Doug Jones (D).
Bannon, Donald Trump's former chief strategist, wasn't literally on the ballot, but no national figure invested more energy in Roy Moore's candidacy. He headlined two rallies in Alabama this past week, and was poised to make another appearance on stage last night -- right up until the results came in.
Bannon said in October, "We are declaring war on the Republican establishment." In Alabama, he lost a major battle in that war, leaving many to question his competency as a field general.