Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah made an announcement on Tuesday revealing that he is not going to seek re-election this year, this is arguably a superb opportunity for Steve Bannon.
This comes amidst the report that Bloomberg News made in October revealing Bannon was planning to play in almost every Republican Senate primary contest. However, some of the would-be targets such as - Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. – have revealed that they don’t intend to engage in a battle.
There’s an irresistible challenge, especially if Mitt Romney runs, that presents itself for Steve Bannon in the race to succeed Hatch in Utah. Romney and Breitbart News were very friendly in 2012 when the former Massachusetts governor was the GOP presidential nominee. However, things changed after Romney lost to Barack Obama, unfortunately, this coincided with Bannon assuming control of Breitbart. Romney has become a symbol of the political establishment Breitbart contends with.
Bannon hit Romney with a personal attack after Romney opposed Roy Moore, Bannon's favored candidate in last month's special election for a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama.
"You hid behind your religion," Bannon said at a rally for Moore, referring to Romney's Mormon faith. "You went to France to be a missionary while guys were dying in rice paddies in Vietnam."
It staggers the imagination to think of what Bannon might say if Romney actually becomes a candidate for office. He would, of course, need to find a Romney opponent to back - one who won't be accused of sexual misconduct and whom Breitbart supported in 2016.
Fortunately for Bannon, expectations would be low for any candidate that’s running against Romney. Bannon would be under little pressure Romney’s popularity in Utah, however, he might be able to use the Utah race as a big stage to take some shots at the GOP leadership – even by making Romney sweat a little.