I interviewed Steve Bannon a couple years ago on a panel and he said the same thing then.
Indeed it is a fight. The old guard isn’t just going to lay down and acquiesce. It will fight tooth and nail. The “administrative state” will scrap, and scrape, and get down in the mud, and wail and moan and bite and tear. The crony capital enjoys an elevated status. Its denizens will never just relinquish the trappings of big government.* Never. Until they are forced forced to.
I’ve been disappointed with a couple of things that have come out of the White House today, namely Spencer’s bit on pot laws and the seeming embrace of private prison systems. But this is good. For the first time since perhaps the early days of Reagan people are talking about taking apart the DC “court.”
(From The Washington Post)
Stephen K. Bannon, the White House chief strategist and intellectual force behind Trump’s agenda, used his first speaking appearance since Trump took office to vow that the president would honor all of the hard-line pledges of his campaign.
Appearing at a gathering of conservative activists alongside Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Bannon dismissed the idea that Trump might moderate his positions or seek consensus with political opponents. Rather, he said, the White House is digging in for a long period of conflict to transform Washington and upend the world order.
“If you think they’re going to give you your country back without a fight, you are sadly mistaken,” Bannon said in reference to the media and opposition forces. “Every day, it is going to be a fight.”
*Not that Trump seems terribly averse to some forms of big government.