Last night at the opening of Chopard boutique on Madison Avenue, we ran into Maggie Gyllenhaal, who recently moved to Park Slope, where she has clearly contracted a full-blown case of Brooklynitis. “I like it a lot,” she rhapsodized about her new neighborhood. “It really does feel like a different place, like a different city.” Yeah, yeah, yeah. The air is cleaner, the sun brighter, the birds chirpier, we know. “What’s nice about it is that you have access to New York City” — she gestured to the party that was going on around us — but “New York City more and more doesn’t feel like somewhere you should live. I mean, I love New York, and I love to come to New York, but I’m glad I don’t live there anymore.” Hm. Last time we checked, Brooklyn was still part of New York, but okay. But it’s not all organic muffins and baby disco for the Gyllenhaal-Sarsgaards. There is one drawback: Apparently, even the boroughs have paparazzi. “I was surprised to find that there were a few,” she told us. Ha! Well, rest assured, Maggie. They probably won’t be able to afford to live there much longer, what with all the movie stars moving in and all. —Bennett Marcus
Seems likely Democrats will eventually get up to about 60 million total votes for the House once unprocessed ballots from California are tallied. Maybe a bit more (~61M?) based on what’s left in other states. Those are similar numbers to what recent GOP presidential candidates have received.
Trump got 63M votes, Romney 61M, McCain 60M. Democratic votes for the House this year should be very close to that range. There’s not any precedent for an opposition party coming this close to matching the president’s vote total from 2 years earlier. The closest to an exception was when Democratic House candidates in 1970 got 92% of Nixon’s vote total from 1968.
Of course, this reflects three things we already knew:
1) Trump was elected despite losing the popular vote;
2) Democrats’s won by a big margin this year and
3) Turnout was VERY high.
But Trump is a very unpopular president, and I don’t think that’s totally sunk in yet in how he’s covered.
About 60 million people turned out to vote for Democrats for the House this year. That is a **crazy** number. (Republicans got 45m votes in the 2010 wave.) And this was sort of missed. Why so many stories about Trump voters in truck stops and not so many about “the resistance”?