In his White House press briefing just now, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs apologized to former USDA employee Shirley Sherrod on behalf of the “entire administration” and said that Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is trying (Trying? How hard can it be?) to call her to apologize himself and discuss what will happen next. Gibbs also said that President Obama had no part in the decision to fire Sherrod. As for who’s to blame for the embarrassing incident, it’s our crazy media and political “culture.” “We live in a culture that things whip around, people want fast responses, we want to give fast responses, and I don’t think there’s any doubt that if we all look at this, I think that one of the great lessons we take away form this is to ask all the questions first, and to come to that fuller understanding,” Gibbs said. “I say that from the perspective of this administration, from the perspective of those that cover this administration, and those that are involved in the back-and-forth in the political theater of this country.”
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”?