Following Republican Roy Moore’s dramatic electoral loss to Democrat Doug Jones in Alabama, CNN’s Anderson Cooper hosted a panel of conservative voices to dissect the outcome.
“The loss certainly isn’t just for Moore, you could say it’s also for the president, former chief strategist Steve Bannon, who campaigned for Moore,” Cooper noted.
Stuart Stevens, a former top advisor to Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, said it was “particularly toxic” to have Bannon take the stage for Moore.
“Roy Moore, who came across as kind of a creepy guy and you combine him with Bannon, who comes across as a creepy guy with a drinking problem, and they might as well have ended up driving around in a panel van with free candy on the side,” Stevens suggested as Cooper laughed heartily.
“It was daring for people in Alabama not to vote for him and enough took them up on their dare,” Stevens concluded.
Conservative pundit Mary Katherine Ham agreed that Bannon’s image took a shot after the Alabama special election.
“I think it will take a hit but many political consultants lose many times and are still not out of the game,” Ham explained. “I think there will be an audience for Bannonism.”
“You may end up with Bannon-type wins in primaries that do end up torpedoing other Senate races,” Ham explained. “It’s a real risk.”