Chuck Todd on Flake: Steve Bannon Won an Important Battle
Chuck Todd on Flake: Steve Bannon Won An Important Battle (RealClearPolitics)
Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd on what the retirement of Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ari.) says about Steve Bannon and the fight for the soul of the Republican party.
"Yesterday was both monumental and a pebble in a lake," Todd told NBC's Andrea Mitchell on Wednesday. "What do I mean by that? On one hand, it's extraordinary to have two United States Senators do what they did yesterday. On the other hand, it's not like anything has really changed based on yesterday. If anything, on one hand, Donald Trump today, you could argue, has more of a grip on the Republican party today than he did yesterday."
"Except he also has less of a chance of passing big tax cuts today than he did yesterday," Todd said. "So it is -- it's interesting. I don't think we quite know where we are. I think we know this. Steve Bannon won an important battle in this fight for the soul of the Republican party, but I don't know if we know yet whether the other side of this battle plans on taking up arms. Because while Jeff Flake made a lot of noise yesterday, he also surrendered."