Karl Rove Blames Trump for Georgia Fisaco

Mish

Karl Rove blames Trump, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, and Missouri Senator Josh Hawley for Republican Senate losses in Georgia.

Crazy Ideas

"Who put's these crazy ideas into Trump's head?," asks well-known Republican strategist Karl Rove in a Wall Street Journal Op-Ed, The Republican Party Is in Disarray.

If you have access to the article please read it. Here are the key ideas in my estimation, all direct quotes of Rove's article.

Rove Places the Blame

  • The Senate is lost, the GOP is bitterly split and Trump’s actions have consequences.  A key factor was the decision by many independents and soft Republicans to vote Democrat—largely, it appears, in response to Mr. Trump’s actions since the presidential election. 
  • Mr. Trump’s unrelenting personal attacks on Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger also drew attention away from the Senate race while igniting an intraparty civil war. That rarely leads to anything productive. It didn’t here.
  • The Saturday call demonstrated not only the president’s awful judgment but also how poorly his lawyers have served him. Who proposed the call in which Mr. Trump begged and cajoled, threatened and pleaded for the Georgia secretary of state to conjure up 11,780 Trump ballots? 
  • And who puts crazy notions into the president’s head? Mr. Trump claimed Saturday that 50,000 Georgians showed up Election Day but were turned away because someone already voted in their name. That would be 1 in 20 Georgians who voted in-person Nov. 3. If this really happened, we’d have known it in real time with voters screaming at election officials, poll watchers raising alarms and cable news stations interviewing angry Georgians.
  • The run-up to the receipt of the Electoral College votes also turned off swing voters that Georgia Republicans needed. Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley’s announcement that he’d attempt to overturn results and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s declaration he’d seek a 10-day delay in accepting the Electoral College results for an emergency “audit” to resolve questions were unwise stunts that couldn’t succeed. 
  • So it’s a mess. The GOP is bitterly split, Democrats will control the presidency, Senate and House, and 34% of Americans wrongly believe the election was rigged. The Trump presidency is ending with his followers violently shutting down the Capitol. Helluva way to start 2021.

Helluva Way to Start 2021

The WSJ does not take op-eds from me, but I said the exact same things, only first. 

Here are a couple of points I made yesterday.

  1. Trump 2024 is Now Officially History
  2. Senator Ted Cruz and his merry band of 11 Trumpian degenerates can likely kiss their presidential hopes goodbye as well.

I spent a month refuting garbage claims by Trump that he "won big". 

And I predicted Trump would morph into Hillary blaming everyone but himself when he lost, which I also confidently called. 

Rove admits the truth while asking "Who puts crazy notions into the president’s head?"

So if you don't want to listen to me, please listen to Rove. He tells the same story.

Rove's bottom line is the most important: "34% of Americans wrongly believe the election was rigged." 

Please let that sink in. 

Trump started a Republican Civil War. And delusional Trump supporters afflicted with Trump Cult Syndrome (TCS) cheer that war.

It's a "Helluva way to start 2021". 

Mish

Comments (57)
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LawrenceBird
LawrenceBird

"Who puts crazy notions into the president’s head?" Trump. All you have to do is read his tweets to see that he is deranged.

Assuming he is not foaming at the mouth in 2023, yes he will run again. I don't understand why anyone thinks he would not? The only question is whether the GOP clown show puts up 20 candidates again so that his 'base' gets him the nomination with 25% support.

Jackula
Jackula

Not what we needed at a time when we needed coolheaded, clear thinking to combat this pandemic.

Rocky Raccoon
Rocky Raccoon

Great analysis!

Lance Manly
Lance Manly

House may move before the weekend, maybe a Senate trial next week. I know it is kind of stupid and symbolic, but actions should have consequences, or else we will be here again.

"I join the Senate Democratic leader in calling on the Vice President to remove this president by immediately invoking the 25th amendment. If the vice president and the cabinet do not act, the Congress may be prepared to move forward with impeachment."

randocalrissian
randocalrissian

Trump STILL has at least 30% of the voting age American public under what one might reasonably describe as a sort of hypnosis. The other 70% have been disabused, along with the entire international community. The far right is suffering from a case of "everyone is dumb except for us" or perhaps we can call it Dunning-Krueger Syndrome.

caradoc-again
caradoc-again

If Trump had any sense he would have gone quietly into the sunset and be glad he lost.

Anda
Anda

Pet lama giving suspicious looks found watching Trump replays ?

Is there anything he cannot be blamed for "with 99.99%" certainty ?

"Rove's bottom line is the most important: "34% of Americans wrongly believe the election was rigged." "

Wrong believers ? How far can anyone go with a theme like that, all the way to the ministry of truth ?

Only in America.

Carl_R
Carl_R

Excellent article. The only place I disagree is that I think Trump knew that his actions would cost the Senate elections, and he did them deliberately. I think he delayed signing the Coronavirus relief as long as possible, demanded the $2000 checks, and attacked the Georgia Governor and Secretary of State all in a deliberate effort to sabotage the Senate races. I think he did so to punish McConnell for recognizing Biden as the winner, and make McConnell Minority Leader instead of Majority.

One-armed Economist
One-armed Economist

Critical thinking, the other national deficit.

Rbm
Rbm

May be both political parties should take a step back. Drop the team red vs team blue and set some policies that will benefit America as a whole. Republicans need the right vote but their policies only benefit the top 5 percent. Relying on fear and voter suppression / gerrymandering to maintain power.

Doug78
Doug78

We are at the beginning our Wars of Roses. It will last a generation or two.

quanticus
quanticus

A man's true nature is only revealed when he is given (near) limitless power...

I would only add a "party" to it as well. Life goes in circles!

PecuniaNonOlet
PecuniaNonOlet

Time for another bag of popcorn while we are in intermission, cant wait for part 2 of trump cult catharsis.

Realist
Realist

Well, that all worked about pretty much as I expected. Trump was unable to overthrow the election result no matter how many Republican politicians he had in his pocket; no matter how many lawsuits he filed; no matter how many judges he appointed. Pence was his last hope and he could not comply. So Trump incited his cult followers to storm the Capitol. A coup attempt where some were willing to die for Trump. Four of them did.

Now I am waiting for his removal by impeachment or the 25th. And then, hopefully a rubber room for the rest of his life. Though those outcomes are not likely; even though they are required.

Eddie_T
Eddie_T

"The WSJ does not take op-eds from me, but I said the exact same things, only first.”

I know.

Not sure whether you should be proud because the Wall Street Journal is reading your blog to get their ideas....or whether you should worry a lot because you think just like Karl Rove.....who reminds me a lot of Cardinal Richelieu.

njbr
njbr

Remember, half of the population is dumber than average....

When your leader says "Only I can fix it", you know he's lying.

njbr
njbr

Long term stategy--encourage Trump to start the POT (Party of Trump).

Tengen
Tengen

While it may seem counterintuitive, this period after the election has been good for the country. A movement of mass delusion has surrounded Trump for the last few years, gaining momentum until November. Since then a lengthy series of failed predictions appeared and supporters have been stepping away from the Kool-Aid in droves.

Yesterday's fiasco was probably the best outcome. A few people died but for the most part it was just a bunch of fools storming the Capitol, accomplishing nothing other than terrible optics.

I would compare the recent Trump movement with "The Secret" from the 2000s, a book that told people they can become rich by using the so-called law of attraction. Basically if you believe something hard enough, it will come true regardless of whether or not it makes any sense. This concept, spread over tens of millions of people and modified for political purposes, is of course dangerous. Watching it fizzle out like this is satisfying.

Those scenes at the Capitol forced people to ask themselves if this is what they want. The concept of MAGA being some vague abstract feeling is finally dead.

ajc1970
ajc1970

I've always hated Karl Rove.

But he's often right, and he's right about this.

Sechel
Sechel

Rove is right. Democrats tried the same stunt but not to this magnitude

Jmurr
Jmurr

I think Trump is an idiot but it was really due to demographics. I always thought W would be the last republic president due to demographics. I’m quite sure Trump is the last.

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

Trump is being nice because lawyers are looking at indicting him for insurrection.

markb
markb

Editor

Fun to say "I told you so," every now and then, isn't it??


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