By Michael Goodwin
New York Post
January 6, 2018 8:48 pm
Now that Steve Bannon has carried his political jihad to its
logical conclusion, martyrdom never looked so meaningless. A bright
and talented man has sacrificed himself over nothing more
significant than anger and vanity.
Consider a recent report that Bannon was mulling the idea of
running for president in 2020. Presumably that was part of his plan
to elect a batch of Roy Moores, depose Majority Leader Mitch
McConnell and reshape congress to match his own definition of
As such, Bannons decision to go
out in a blaze of personal attacks on the president and
everybody else in the White House does Donald Trump and the GOP a
giant favor. Bannon may live to fight another day, but, thankfully,
Bannonism is dead.
But what of Trumpism? Is
Fire and Fury, the Michael Wolff book where Bannon leaks and
vents, the beginning of the end of Trumps presidency?
Maybe but probably not. After all, every previous
media-hair-on-fire moment has come to a forgettable dead end.
This time could be different, but more likely, the latest
explosion of gossip and sniping marks just another day on the
razors edge. This is the essential nature of the Trump presidency,
where catastrophe is always a heartbeat away. It will be like that
as long as hes in the Oval Office.
This is who Trump is, and a year into his presidency, there is
no reason to believe he will change. A penchant for creating
melodrama seems essential to his being.
One result is that reports of his imminent demise have been
near-constant ever since he came down the Trump Tower escalator in
June of 2015. Those predictions have been nonstop and always
Of course, this time could be different. Or maybe the next time
will. Or maybe not.
Meanwhile, his is turning out to be an enormously consequential
So much so that, despite my own frustration over his missteps,
there has never been a day when I wished Hillary Clinton were
president. Not one.
Indeed, as Trumps accomplishments accumulate, the mere thought
of Clinton in the White House, doubling down on Barack Obamas
failed policies, washes away any doubts that America made the right
This was truly a change election and the changes....