How has the inauguration inspired Celebrity Fit Club skinny and Tonight Show comedian Ross Mathews? The funnyman has plans to run for mayor of Palm Springs. “When I go to Palm Springs I introduce myself as ‘Hi, I am your future mayor,’” Mathews told us at the Human Rights Campaign’s Out for Equality ball at the Mayflower Hotel last night, where Rufus Wainwright, Cyndi Lauper, and Melissa Etheridge performed. Three handsome men interrupted us, trying to introduce themselves to the baby-face lad, but Mathews would not be distracted. “I am going to be the mayor of Palm Springs … these are not aspirations, dearheart. I’ll bring an extended happy hour, from 9 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. I just want to wear kimonos and Native American jewelry. I want them to build a statue of me in town center.” But he’d also settle for a spot in Obama’s Cabinet. Fluttering his eyelashes, he said, “For Obama, I would assume any position he wanted.”
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”?