Key Words: Bannon’s job was to be the Karl Rove, the Valerie Jarrett of the Trump White House: Commentary writer

In light of Friday’s news, a shift to past from present tense is required, yet Noah Rothman’s explanation early this week of Steve Bannon’s import to the Trump White House, via comparison to similarly placed advisers in the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations, is illuminating, particularly amid reports that, despite a relatively large staff, Bannon had no specific duties in need of being handed off to a successor:

‘Steve Bannon’s job is to be Karl Rove, to be Valerie Jarrett — to know what Donald Trump is thinking before he’s thought it, and to express to him what he’s thought.

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