Trump won by the skin of his teeth (less than 1% in 3 key states). DeVos was appointed by a tie-breaker. Both of these situations were a result of well-executed strategy. You can blame whomever you feel is responsible or you can ask yourself what more you can be doing to make a 1% or a 1 vote difference.
And by no means should you limit yourself to the political sphere in your pursuit of making your voice heard and/or bringing about the change you wish to see.