We’re finally at endgame in this sad phase of the Steve Bannon saga. On Friday Bannon will be sentenced in federal court for his 2 convictions on contempt of Congress charges. And of course Bannon, being Bannon, is unrepentant to the end.
In a filing today before the DC Circuit Court, the DOJ recommended that Bannon be sentenced to the harshest terms available under the sentencing guidelines, a $200,000 fine ands 6 months in federal prison. To note, the judge has the authority to adjust the sentence upward in consideration of Bannon’s blatant obstruction and defiance.
Bannon is the ultimate hardass Trump flamethrower. But let’s just take a minute to look at exactly what Steve Bannon really is. A month after his sentencing, Steve Bannon is going to become a 69 year old man. He is a wealthy, well connected, pampered white man, who can indulge himself in being a bomb thrower because nothing he does will ever affect his privilege. Bannon remains defiant that nobody will shut him down and nobody will shut him up! He is totally willing to be a martyr for the cause. And he has no idea of what he’s talking about.
Look, I’m 65 years old, I’ll be 66 in February, God willing And I’m no cupcake. I spent 20 years playing hockey, and i know how to take care of myself. But at this point in my life? I wouldn’t want to spend one night in a c ounty or state lockup, much less 6 months in a federal correctional facility. That is fleeting time from my life that I can never get back again.
Bannon is basing his intransigence on two principles. One, he has a large podcast audience, and they’ll view him as a martyr to the cause. Which is pure unadulterated bullshit. Bannon has a large audience because he’s on his goddamn podcast every single day. But Bannon can’t podcast from federal prison. Does he really believe that all of his drooling mouth breathers are just going to sit around for 6 months awaiting his return, or will they find another false prophet to listen to?
Bannon’s second pipe dream is to use the 6 months to write another bomb throwing screed that will make him millions when he publishes it after his release. But if his podcast base deserts him while he’s in the pokey, who is going to buy the goddamn book once he gets out?
Maybe Bannon needs to have a conversation with former Trump fixer Michael Cohen. Just like Bannon, thanks to Trump, Cohen has Been there and done that. And having served a healthy portion of a 3 1/2 year federal sentence, Cohen know of what he speaks.
You go to bed when they tell you to go to bed. You get up when they tell you to get up. No more two shirts, you wear what they give you to wear. You eat what they put on your plate. You go into the yard when they tell you to go into the yard, and your sare time is spent in either the common area, or in your 7×9 cell. You can write all you like, ther federal prison system encourages inmates to write about their experiences.
When you go to bed at night, you think about where you are. When you get up in the morning, yu think about all the things on the outside world you’re missing with your friends and family. Your phone calls to the outside world are monitored, and strictly timed. Basically, dipshit, your life is no longer your own. It belongs to the United States penal system.
This is the maw of the beast that Steve Bannon is about to pledge headlong into on Friday, and personally, I can’t wait. I’m not so much interested in the sentence, he’s going to get jail time, the federal judiciary is too pissed off to let him get off scot free. What I want to see is the kind of bluff, blustering swagger he carries when he comes out the other side, and what happens to his loyal listeners. It’s a brave new world. shitbird.