The term Eminence Grise originally referred to François Leclerc du Tremblay, Cardinal Richeleau's righthand man, who wore an austere grey robe whilst performing his duties far from the limelight.
Famously Dick Cheney acted as GW Bush's éminence grise instructing the president on national security and foreign policy and the little known Dick Ross advised Reagan, Clinton, both Bush and Obama on the Middle East from a pro-Israeli viewpoint. Both were reviled by other diplomats and politicians for their proximity to the center of power as well as their unrelenting sense of personal infallibility, but they were Richelieu's closer to classic conservatism in contrast to Donald Trump's chief advisor Steven Bannon's slavish adherence to fascism.
The Virginia native is no intellectual slouch and excelled at university, after which he served seven years with the US Navy, then his career skeined through investment banking, environmentalism, and media, finally partially founding BreitNews to promote the alt-right's racist, sexist, xenophobic and anti-Semitic rhetoric.
In other words Bannon is a right-winger who stated idealogically about BreitNews, " "We think of ourselves as virulently anti-establishment, particularly 'anti-' the permanent political class."
I am too, but I believe in the right of women, gays, people of color, atheists et al.
Trump does not and he has been issuing an onslaught of executive orders to keep the Press and the opposition at bay.
Brilliant, but brilliant thanks to his eminence grise.
Liberals have been calling him 'President Bannon'.
I'm sure he prefers the role of François Leclerc du Tremblay.
Any eminence gris would, especially since it's obvious from his bloated face that Bannon is a heavy drinker.
Nothing wrong with that.
I heavy-drink myself.
But he really looks the part.
Unlike Trump who only likes to fuck blondes and young girls.
Bannon probably likes the same thing, except it's hard for a drinker to get it up.
Then again power is a strong unequivocally.
But not when you love a can of beer more than sex.