Sloppy Stephen Bannon: Trump’s Dispensable Indispensable!
By now, almost everyone has watched the rise and fall of the imperious Stephen Bannon. He was the polymath narcissist who climbed up the slimy pole of politics all by himself. Yet, because of the colicky utterances of a six year old child he was ostracized from the White House, Breitbart, and the Mercer Foundation.
How did this all happen within the blink of an eye?
I don’t know him! Guess, I never will. Nor, do I wish him ill-will. However, the minute Bannon appeared on the stage of Republican politics with the ferocity and dedicated self-aggrandizement of a proctologist examining the entrails of life, Stephen was on a course of self-destruction.
I knew that his incessant history of manipulating people and organizations to his sole purpose—Goldman Sachs, Hollywood, Navy, Republican Politics, Mercer family—was simply a manifestation of an ego that had never really encountered humility or serious failure. For the most part, his history reads like a second-hand novel where the hero, a poor Southern Democrat from rural Virginia, vowed to ascend to the pinnacles of financial, political, and social success at all cost.
Bannon’s brash personality guided his egregious temperament full speed ahead, eliminating foe and friend alike. His personae is well–known to intelligence/ foreign policy operatives like myself. I have seen the Bannons over a forty year career in the USG, intelligence/ military services, and in Hollywood.
His modus operandi goes something like this:
- He approaches a high value human target with self-deprecation and gratitude for the chance to be whatever [banker, naval officer, politician, editor].
- The job is incidental to his need for him to express his self-inflated sense of self.
- Once in position at a particular institution, he then unbridles his self-imposed constraints in order to devastate real or imagined enemies wherever they may be.
- Next without any sense of propriety, he skewers anyone in his way. He makes certain that they are completely debased and humiliated to the point that there is in his mind no possibility of their eventually retaliating back at him.
- More often than not, he fudges his failures in order to make them appear as a strategic unforeseen encumbrance.
- Nothing is ever his fault.
- In time, he confronts the person whom he wants to dominate…. Someone like Donald Trump whose own sense of self will tolerate insolence for a while until that particular annoying person is summarily discharged.
- Trump and Bannon became DUELING NARCISSISTS! Bannon lost in a big, big way!
Once he was dismissed from the White House, Bannon retreated to the den of inequity that he had not created Breitbart News—and assume the mantle of leadership. However, Breitbart, like most of what Bannon had been leading, was not a product of his own sweat and blood. It was created by the unfortunate Jewish Pacific Palisades [Calif.] founder, Andrew Breitbart, who had died of a heart attack at ungodly young age.
Today, like most institutions Bannon entered and left, he was asked to leave. Bannon is the personification of the egregious personalities who attempt to enter different worlds: banking, film making, publishing—with a half-assed approach to self-discipline and personal achievement. His major concern is not ‘what I have really created on my own’? His goal is ‘look at me and how much I have achieved thanks to the hard work of others.’
Finally, he found his match.
Trump tweets his way into a sullen force of constant evaluation and retribution against anyone, family or friend, who might in any way diminish the luminescence of his perceived self-achievements. No one will get in Trump’s way to accrue the accolades that he feels he genuinely deserves. Trump needs no real audience to reassure him of his personal successes. He simply spouts out the simple fact of his achievements to a friendly crowd who, in turn, echoes his own praises to himself.
When a Bannon deprecates Trump, or his valued minions, Donald will strike ad infinitum until a Bannon is no longer viable as an entity anywhere other than the shadows from which he had originally emerged. Despite a seemingly above average intelligence, Bannon never learned the lesson that his increasing sense of self-worth would eventually confront reality. Not raised right!
Now, Bannon learns that no one ever cared about his blustering words and awkward appearances as the ruddy-faced, alcoholic Falstaff to the more serious members of the Trump administration. Bannon never realized that he was simply a small, insignificant player in a major Greek Tragedy which was fashioned from these prescient words:
“Hubris Ate Nemesis!”
Pride goes before the fall! I must admit that Bannon’s finest performance was his complete indifference/ignorance to his inevitable path of self-destruction!