Part of the reason for bringing Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other 9/11 plotters to stand trial in New York is, ostensibly, to prove that our faith in our legal system hasn’t been shaken by acts of senseless mass murder, that the terrorists haven’t won, and all that. And yet actually finding unbiased New York jurors seems fairly impossible, as 9/11 was an extremely traumatic and horrible experience for basically everyone in the city, either directly or indirectly. There won’t be a lot of people saying, “Perhaps this confessed 9/11 mastermind has an understandable explanation for the whole thing. Let’s hear him out first before jumping to conclusions.” And while, from what we’ve witnessed, admitting a bias is a pretty great way to weasel out of jury duty, there will be plenty of folks this time around who actually want to serve. Maybe they crave the chance to personally dole out justice to the terrorists, or they want a front seat at a history-making trial, or they’re a Daily Intel blogger who would totally blog the entire thing. Whatever their motivations, the twelve jurors who are eventually chosen will, unavoidably, likely be selected largely for their ability to lie about their objectivity. The guy who tells the Washington Post that he wants to serve on the jury “just to get vengeance for my dead friend who’s not here anymore” probably has his work cut out for him.
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”?