Steve Bannon surrendered to authority today. ‘Surrender’ is not how Sloppy Steve determined to play his role, though. Stevie chose the role of defiant victim rather than contrite malefactor. Ever the blowhard, Bannon took Roger Stone as his role model and clambered into his fleeting bully-pulpit to bluster. That choice is as the clanging of a broken bell.
At this point, Steve-o is little more more than bluster and bull. His display outside the court is ‘full of sound and fury signifying nothing’. Never mind his declaration about ‘going on the offense’; his offense is a criminal one and that is how he will be arraigned and tried. He’ll wriggle and squirm, whine and maneuver and shell out big bucks to his legal team and then ultimately go to jail and pay his fine. At $100,000 per charge, that’s no chicken-feed for anyone, even someone whose net worth supposedly exceeds $20 million.
Any betting person will put their money on the DOJ prevailing, of course. Bannon has no magic wand. He has no ‘man behind the curtain’ to back his play as he did at Breitbart. He has no Crime-Boss-in-Chief to pardon him his crimes. Other than his personal fortune, he has only an empty drum to beat and so he pounded away contemptuously.
That Sloppy Steve would be contemptuous is no surprise, he’s charged with criminal contempt, after all. His hostility towards the ‘administrative state’ is well-known; he’s pontificated before about that bugaboo. (nota bene: what else does the ‘state’ do besides administer?)
Being further contemptuous will not improve his chances in court, although he will be able to raise money from the MAGA-dolts. Judges are notoriously averse to such displays of contempt – especially when displayed on the steps of the court-house. Bannon’s histrionics will come back to bite his flabby bottom when he is back in court on November 18th. Perhaps Stevie 2-shirts should listen to Bobby Fuller’s old hit song: ‘I fought the Law and the Law won.’