It turns out, as the Wall Street Journal reports, that former Trump aide Steve Bannon is having a hard time finding donors in his crusade to oust Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Megadonor Sheldon Adelson is no longer interested in funding Bannon, and megadonor Robert Mercer doesn’t seem interested either. Nor is it clear that small donors are particularly interested in financing Bannon’s enterprise.
As I wrote in my most recent Washington Examiner column, political actors seem to be reading the signals in the political marketplace. Bannon’s support of Roy Moore in Alabama’s special Senate election is hard to depict as a shrewd move. Even before the reports of sexual improprieties, Moore was obviously a weak candidate; he received only 51 percent of the vote in his 2012 race for state Supreme Court chief justice. Now that the charges of sexual misconduct with teenagers have sunk in, he is plummeting in the polls. The realclearpolitics.com average of recent polls has Moore actually trailing Democrat Doug Jones in a state that Donald Trump carried with 62 percent of the vote.
It’s beginning to look like Bannon’s drive to oust Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is a drive to install Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. What conservative wants to finance that?