by John Gibson
The New York Times story on the appearance of Presidential senior adviser Steve Bannon at the CPAC conference left out a quote that others in the media, like the Washington Post, accorded enormous importance.
The Washington Post did not let Bannon's quote slide by: ""If you think they're going to give you your country back without a fight, you are sadly mistaken," Bannon said referring to the media and the defeated Democrats. "Every day, it is going to be a fight."
"Every day, it is going to be a fight."
That line rocketed around the media and social media to underscore a long held liberal belief about Bannon: all the wants to do is fight and disrupt and he's going to keep at it endlessly, so therefore he is a destructive force which ought to be removed from a White House that is going to have to come to accommodations with its political rivals.
The NYT might have decided to ignore that line because its own front page carried a story that confirmed Bannon is right.
"Weakened Democrats Bow To Voters, Opting for Total War On Trump," blared the headline.
The story opened discussing the weekend vote for a new chairperson for the Democratic National Committee, and the task facing Democrats on rebuilding the party. A plan is needed, one that chooses between conciliation or confrontation. But..."senior Democratic officials concede that the blueprint has already been chosen for them -- by an incensed army of liberals demanding no less than total war against President Trump."
You read that right.
"Democrats have all but cast aside any notion of conciliation with the White House. Instead, they are mimicking the Republican approach of the last eight years -- the 'party of no'-- and wagering that brash obstruction will pay similar dividends."
The story makes clear many Democratic leaders barely have the stomach for a banging-head-against-wall fight, but they feel they have no choice. Their voters are demanding it.
"Images of angry constituents jeering Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a reliable liberal from Rhode Island, at a town hall-style meeting in late January for supporting the selection of Mike Pompeo as C.I.A. director quickly circulated among other Democratic senators," a Democrat staffer pointed out.
'It was eye-opening," said the Democrat staffer, "because it made clear that the base is not going to let them off the hook.'"
So the fearsome Bannon was right. Everyday is going to be a fight. Not because Bannon and Trump want it, but because the media and the Democrats and the Liberals are toe-ing the line set down by Democrat voters stunned by their November loss.
Obstruct and oppose and fight Trump at every single crossroads.
It's going to be a tumultuous four years.