It was one of the more unusual pairings on late-night television. Gingrich took a keen interest in Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, marveling at her like some kind of mystical creature from his imagination come to life, an experience he often enjoys during his many trips to the zoo. Which is not to say that Snooki is a zoo creature; she’s unique for sure, it’s just unsettling the way 69-year-0ld Gingrich studies her and leans into her conversation with Leno. Newt might have even scored himself a guest appearance on Snooki’s new show, Snooki and JWOWW, where the reality show star suggests he’ll drink “Ron Ron Juice.” Yeah, it went there.
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”?