Scott Shane writes about how Bannon found his man in Donald Trump.
Ms. Jones, for one, had no trouble seeing the parallels. “Trump,” she said, “is Steve’s Reagan.”
I’m fascinated (and, for sure, unnerved) by Bannon. He’s Trump’s Rove, but way quirkier, more mysterious than the latter. Harvard to Goldman to “combative, populist” Breitbart, etc. (need to fill in the rest). It’s odd.
Evidently, even right-wing, anti-establishment political advisors have degrees from Harvard. Here’s an interesting Globe profile of Steve Bannon, the Harvard MBA student. Reminds me of an article from the Times about Mitt Romney as well as one from Salon about the Clintons.
Instead, they believe he is simply doing what he was taught more than three decades ago: exploiting a business opportunity, this time in the furious, neglected legions of the white middle class. He saw a market in their sense of alienation, and Trump’s election suggests that his forecast was truer than most.
The keyword here: exploiting.