Scuttlebutt has it Steve Bannon will head up the Heritage Foundation after Jim DeMint is ousted.
From The Hill:
“There are a lot of stories out that Jim DeMint, the head of the Heritage Foundation, is going to be out and that Steve Bannon may become the new head, that this is going to be his safety net as he is forced out of the White House,” “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace asked Michael Needham.
Bannon is the darling of the so-called alt-right. It played a big part in getting Donald Trump in the White House. Now that Trump has embraced the establishment and packed his administration with Goldman Sachs operatives and neocon-esque generals, Bannon’s eccentric nationalist philosophy is no longer needed. In fact, it is seen by the establishment as an embarrassment, so they are working to ease Bannon out. Heritage may be his landing place.
Is it possible Steve Bannon will be comfortable with an organization founded and funded by Joseph Coors? Heritage is a corporate-dominated think tank with trustees that include Chase Manhattan Bank, Dow Chemical, General Motors, Pfizer, Sears, and Mobil.
It took money from the late Richard Mellon Scaife. He also bankrolled the David Horowitz Freedom Center and the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, a refuge for neocons, including the Bush neocon Eliot A. Cohen. Scaife ran Forum World Features, a foreign news service used as a front to disseminate CIA propaganda around the world.
Midge Decter is a former Heritage trustee. She’s married to Norman Podhoretz, a top neocon ideologue.
Is this the right place for alt-right Bannon? Probably.
The Breitbart side of the movement mingles with neocons, Islamophobes, and Likudite Israelis. The Breitbart website, after all, was conceived during a visit by the late Andrew Breitbart to Israel in 2007. Breitbart boasted the site would be “pro-Israel” during the visit. “We were sick of the anti-Israel bias of the mainstream media and J-Street,” Breitbart and co-founder Larry Solov said.
When was the last time you saw a sincerely anti-Israel article at The New York Times and The Washington Post?
Even before the election, it was obvious the alt-right was no such thing, and Bannon’s possible move to Heritage confirms the movement is basically a faction well within the orbit of the establishment, although more akin to a bastard child than a blue blood. Black sheep may be shunned but they’re still part of the family.