GOP MAGA Lawmakers, Pundits, Donors, Look in the Mirror Before Playing the Blame Game

Drew Sheneman | Tribune Content Agency

The GOP establishment power brokers have begun to play the blame game as the 2022 election results are showing that their predicted red wave has fizzled. For days, they had been woozy with anticipation, betting on how many GOP MAGA politicians would be replacing Democratic Party elected officials, only to be faced with their worst nightmare. It’s the Dems who’re the ones who are giddy over the election outcomes.

No sooner had the GOP bigwigs/ lawmakers figured out that Dems still had the majority position in the US Senate and that it could take weeks before the majority status in the US House would be determined as there were just too many elections that were too close to call, when the verbal attacks commenced, mostly blaming the tsunami of unexpected losses on the defeated ex-president. Can you believe that even the ex-president’s allies in the right-wing media outlets on FOX News TV, the NY Post, and the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board had their knives out to cut the ex-president to pieces?

Michael Brendan Dougherty of the right-leaning National Review wrote that “all the chatter on my conservative and GOP channels is rage at Trump like I’ve never seen. The one guy he attacked before Election Day was DeSantis — the clear winner, meanwhile, all his guys are s—ing the bed.”

All of them have backed the defeated ex-president for 5 + years, no matter what he did. It’s time for them to take a long look at themselves in the mirror before solely, blaming the ex-president for the 2022 election’s debacle.

Bill Bramhall | Tribune Content Agency

As per a 11/10/2022 report, “Trump Is Blaming Everyone But Himself for Midterm Losses” by Chris Walker:

“Former President Donald Trump is reportedly “fuming” over the midterm results, as at least 14 of his endorsed GOP candidates lost to their Democratic counterparts in elections this week.”

“Sources who were present at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, say that the former president was visibly upset by the losses of candidates he endorsed. Trump’s losses coincide with a successful night for his Republican rival, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who cruised to reelection on Tuesday. Gerrymandered districts drawn up by DeSantis’s office also resulted in congressional wins for the party.”

“Some of Trump’s allies have begun to express concerns that they may be backing the wrong person going forward. “This is a sinking ship,” a Trump aide said to ABC News.”

Let’s see how long the GOP bigwigs continue to shun the GOP MAGA defeated ex-president. What happens when they figure out that the ex-president’s ardent MAGA followers won’t continue to vote for Republican Party candidates if they feel that their champion has been dished by the GOP establishment crowd, knowing that Republican Party candidates can’t win without them? Frankly, the majority of GOP MAGAs aren’t likely to be amenable to supporting another hand-picked Trump-like substitute and the ex-president isn’t likely to grant his blessing to this switch and bait strategy.

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As per an 11/12/2022 NY Times op-ed piece, “Republican Elites Might Be Done With Trump, but He’s Not Done With Them” by Jamelle Bouie:

“There’s real reason to think that Republican elites could muscle Trump out of his position if they committed to the aggressive, scorched-earth tactics it would take.”

“The idea that Republican elites could simply swap Trump for another candidate without incurring any serious damage rests on two assumptions: First, that Trump’s supporters are more committed to the Republican Party than they are to him, and second, that Trump himself will give up the fight if he isn’t able to win the party’s nomination.”

“I think these assumptions show a fundamental misunderstanding of the world Republican elites brought into being when they finally bent the knee to Trump in the summer and fall of 2016. Trump isn’t simply a popular (with Republicans) politician with an unusually enthusiastic group of supporters. No, he leads a cult of personality, in which he is an almost messianic figure, practically sent by God himself to purge the US of liberals (and other assorted enemies) and restore the nation to greatness. He is practically worshiped by a large and politically influential group of Americans, who describe him as “anointed.”

See: Opinion | Republican Elites Might Be Done With Trump, …

How long have political observers been pontificating about what it would take for Republican Party lawmakers, right-wing media power brokers, GOP dark money corporate donors to finally hold the defeated ex-president, accountable for his long list of over-the-top transgressions leading to 2 impeachments, multiple investigations based on substantiated wrongdoings, including his incitement of an insurrection on 1/6/2021, and the removal of highly sensitive documents from the White House, etc.? Well, now we know what the answer is, that this might possibly happen after he costs the GOP elites, significant election losses over 3 election cycles.

For a list of the ex-president’s faux pas moments before he stepped one foot into the White House office in 2017, see: The 37 Fatal Gaffes That Didn’t Kill Donald Trump

As per a 11/12/2022 NYT opinion piece, “The Emperor of Chaos Has No Clothes” by Maureen Dowd:

“Republicans are blaming Donald Trump for anointing wacky candidates and then using campaign rallies to promote his upcoming presidential announcement. Republican lawmakers privately say those self-indulgent rallies cost them Senate and House seats because many normal Republicans and independents have had their fill of Trump and his crazy train.”

“The third time should be the charm. Since winning in 2016, Trump helped Republicans lose the House in 2018 and lose the White House and the Senate after the 2020 elections. Now he seems to have rescued Democrats from the traditional midterm shellacking— Republicans are barely within reach of a House majority and are watching their chance of controlling the Senate slip away. Trump has been poison for his party.”

“Polls showed that even many people unhappy with Joe Biden voted Democratic, a sign that Trump fatigue has finally set in. It’s so bad, the Murdoch empire has turned on its former fair-haired boy.”

“But Succession in Murdochworld seems to be well underway. Its new infatuation with Ron DeSanctimonious has obviously enraged Trump, who’s casting spells from his Palm Beach lair, his incoherent nastiness zinging Republican stars and anyone else who makes his combover stand on end.”

David Horsey | Tribune Content Agency

“The former president also had a “Heathers”-like hissy-fit against Ron DeSantis. First, he thuggishly threatened the Florida governor after his Ohio rally last Monday, warning him not to think about getting in the presidential race.”

“If he did run, I will tell you things about him that won’t be very flattering,” Trump said. “I know more about him than anyone other than perhaps his wife, who is really running his campaign.”

“After DeSantis had a crushing victory in the once swingy Sunshine State, declaring it the place “woke goes to die,” Trump’s puerile jealousy exploded. He posted that he had rescued DeSantis when he was “politically dead.”

“And now Ron DeSanctimonious is playing games!” said Trump, angry that DeSantis wouldn’t rule out running for president in 2024.”

Phil Hands | Tribune Content Agency

“Republicans refused to convict Trump on impeachment charges and ban him from running for public office. Now they’re living with the consequences. It’s not hard to imagine that this revolt against the revolting Trump will die down in a few days and they’ll all be back behind this person that they blame for their current convulsions.”

“If blackmailing Ukraine, inciting a riot, trying to overturn the election, hoarding classified documents, using overtly racist language for 7 years, including at Glenn Youngkin on (11/12/2022), was not enough to cause you to walk away from Donald Trump,” the political analyst Ron Brownstein said on CNN Friday, what makes people think Trump is toast now?”

“One of the bright spots of the election is that a lot of people seemed to turn their back on crazy. Let’s hope that Republicans will get the message and move on from the King of Crazy before he gets another shot at destroying democracy.”


  1. I still find it amazing that two years after the twice-impeached ‘president’ [sic] was voted out of office, he still has such a loud voice, such a … presence. Every other president left office quietly and faded into the background, but Trump is larger than life still today among the Republicans. Ah well, I suspect they will pay the price for their perfidy, for their continual boot-licking. DeSantis is no better, but at least he is somewhat more intelligent. Equally bigoted, racist and cruel, but with brains. My hope is for the Republican Party to split between the two and thus fail to be a viable alternative in 2024. Time will tell. It is up to We the People to decide what sort of nation we chose to live in, isn’t it? Hugs

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    • Dear Jill,

      The GOP MAGA defeated ex-president’s power within the Republican Party infected by Trumpism is due to his cult-like followers that will follow his every wish, like hold an insurrection, chase down GOP MAGA politicians in airports and elsewhere as with Sen Lindsey Graham, intimidate and threaten his political opponents, etc. Prior to 2016, these cult-like followers were disconnected from the political world, and they were for the most part, non-voters. The ex-president was able to deliver millions of new reliable voters to the Republican Party.

      The Republican Party elites, power brokers, ALEC type GOP dark money corporate / billionaire class of donors backed him because he was able to deliver on packing the courts including SCOTUS with right wing/ partisan justices likely to favor business interests. In 2017 he also managed to pass a huge tax cuts’ legislation benefitting mostly rich folks. Remember how he almost killed off Obamacare in 2017, where it was saved by only one vote from Senator McCain. In short, he was giving them, their wish list.

      They want more of the above policies, all of which are unpopular with the majority of Americans. That the ex-president could move our democracy towards an autocracy was considered a plus. The GOP ALEC type dark money donors just watched billions of dollars invested in the GOP political infrastructure, go up in smoke. No wonder that they’re a bit upset with the ex-president.

      Now, these same GOP elites want to substitute the ex-president with another more polished Trumpist-in-chief. This strategy will backfire, bigtime as the ex-president’s loyalty is only to himself and most of his GOP MAGA ardent supporters are loyal to their perceived champion and not the Republican Party.

      Let’s see what happens.

      Hugs, Gronda

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  2. Thankyou America! see now how quickly you could return to your true soul and power, and how badly the world needs that!. The end result here is a message to all people of concience, empathy and good will everywhere. Great post Gronda, your work and efforts, everything is important. peace love hugs and greetings from Oz.

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    • Dear Gary J,

      Miracles do happen. There were only a few souls out there like me who kept saying that the polls predicting a red wave were not to be believed. My analysis was simple. The pollsters’ stats were based on models that didn’t account for the huge, record-breaking voter turnout numbers that showed up during our US midterm election cycle.

      The American voters are the heroes who saved our US democracy.

      Hugs, Gronda

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  3. Finally Trump’s incompetence as a political operative has been exposed to the most important section in this part of politics; The Republican Voter. Let us hope they retain the message of lesson. Let us hope the Hysteria which brought him to where he was now fades away.

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    • Dear Roger,

      The US dodged a bullet as our democracy was truly in peril. There were many GOP MAGA anti- democratic election deniers who were running in key swing states for ‘Supervisor of Elections’ positions where they would have the power to alter election results, starting in 2024, but every one of them, lost. The American voter had the final say.

      Hugs, Gronda

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  4. Gronda, thanks for the post. It is quite simple. When your party’s currency is untruthfulness, then it is pretty easy to lie about anything. That would include supporting a candidate who is unqualified, but speaks loyal words to the former president. The former president has only the person in the mirror to blame, but other conservatives can look at all of his sycophants (and let’s use the older term “toadies) as well who white washed and rationalized his lies, bullying and seditious actions. Then, there are those who looked the other way or as Mitch McConnell did, play both ends against the middle.

    This party had multiple chances to nail Pandora’s Box closed and save their party and America from the former president and his lot. They passed. They mistakenly thought they could manage the enfant terrible dressed up in a long tie and nice suit. They were wrong. If a MAGA follower’s child acted the way the Donald does, they would ground them. Keith

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    • Dear Keith,

      You’re so right. Both the GOP MAGA defeated ex-president and all his sycophants throughout the US Congress, the right-wing media outlets, the billionaire donor class need to take a long hard look in the mirror as they are all at fault. They’re finally leaving the party held by the ex-president when it’s no longer fun anymore.

      The GOP MAGA defeated ex-president has done so much damage to the US democracy, with his dismantling of long-standing norms as in his complete disregard for the “rule of law,” his catering to the coalition of folks steeped in racism, anti-immigration (both legal and illegal) sentiments, anti-Semitism, anti-LGBT individuals, his advocating for violence by his cult-like GOP MAGA supporters, etc. The list of all his transgressions goes on for pages.

      But he’s finally met his Waterloo, the American voter who had been previously discounted by him. It’s only this 2022 elections’ outcome that has the Republican Party elites turning the screws on him, for now.

      I was thrilled to see Dem POTUS Joe Biden’s hand strengthened when he recently met with China’s President Xi Jinping for over 3 hours.

      Hugs, Gronda

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  5. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    BLAME GAME … “Can you believe that even the ex-president’s allies in the right-wing media outlets on FOX News TV, the NY Post, and the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board had their knives out to cut the ex-president to pieces?” … and more!!

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    • Dear Horty,

      All those sycophants from the right-wing news pundits to the GOP MAGA lawmakers didn’t stop the defeated ex-president on 11/15/2022 from announcing his bid to be the Republican Party’s 2024 presidential nominee. They’re all weasels and watch them fall in line. I can hope that I’m wrong.

      I wonder if Florida’s MAGA governor is smart enough at 44 years old to step aside. If he goes for it, he’ll just become roadkill.

      Thanks a million for the reblog. Hugs, Gronda

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