- Jonathan Swan
- Sep 27
The GOP anti-establishment's early 2018 playbook
From left: Steve Bannon, Mark Meadows. Sarah Palin, Roy Moore. Photos: AP
A nexus of anti-establishment figures plans to replicate the Roy Moore playbook across the country, backing insurgent candidates in 2018 GOP primaries and making life uncomfortable for Republican leaders in Washington.
- Steve Bannon and Breitbart: Bannon will stump at rallies again for races he believes are as important as the Moore-Strange matchup.
- Mark Meadows, representing the Freedom Caucus, via his aide Wayne King (whom Meadows dispatched to Alabama for the Moore-Strange race.
- Great America, a well-funded outside group run by Ed Rollins with Bannon ally Andy Surabian.
- The return of Sarah Palin: The former Alaska governor enjoyed her rally for Judge Moore so much she's told associates she'd be happy to team up again with this group through 2018.
- Mississippi's Roger Wicker: Chris McDaniel
- Arizona's Jeff Flake: Kelli Ward
- Nevada's Dean Heller: Danny Tarkanian
- Open seat in Tennessee: Bannon is close with Mark Green and likes him a lot. But it's a possibility that Marsha Blackburn will run for Senate and Green will run for Blackburn's House seat. Bannon could conceivably back Blackburn.
- Ohio: Josh Mandel. Bannon loves him.
- Montana: Matt Rosendale. Bannon loves him too, but neither Ohio or Montana are likely to be wars with the establishment, so they belong in a different category.