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Democrats did as well as was likely in a system that favours Republicans, both by the structure of the Senate and by the voter suppression and gerrymandering - before you even look at the possibly of vote rigging. I don't know what anyone else expected. Gives a proper chance - which the leadership will do its best to squander - to resist Trump's agenda and keep him on the defensive.

Trick is avoiding taking the blame for the economic downturn that's coming.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Nov 7th, 2018 at 10:19:28 AM EST
Put it this way: if they hadn't taken the House the US would be rightly fucked.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Nov 7th, 2018 at 11:08:02 AM EST
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The US is still rightly fucked.

There are inklings of real progressive change in both the UK and US - very obviously among younger voters and younger representatives.

The trick is going to be to survive long enough to give them a chance at the top jobs.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Nov 7th, 2018 at 07:17:28 PM EST
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Trump (thinks...):

  1. If the Dems win the House, I'll blame them for the downturn.

  2. If they don't win the House, I'll blame them all the same.


I used to be afew. I'm still not many.
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Wed Nov 7th, 2018 at 11:53:27 AM EST
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There is that.

He'll also blame them for half a dozen disasters chosen at random from the Bible. It's not as if he's constrained by reality in what he says.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Nov 7th, 2018 at 01:29:20 PM EST
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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Nov 7th, 2018 at 02:21:52 PM EST
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I don't see how this election alters distribution of electoral college in the next general election

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Nov 7th, 2018 at 05:54:29 PM EST
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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Nov 7th, 2018 at 06:29:05 PM EST
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No more chads. In modern America we've got unprecedented high humidity and, of course, AI.

alrighty, then. A note on the feckless electorate from MarketWatch (otherwise pre-occupied by stock volatility).


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Nov 7th, 2018 at 06:47:25 PM EST
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The consequences of this election will affect the conduct of the 2020 election and the following redistricting. There will now be Democratic governors in Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico and Wisconsin, with Connecticut very likely. Add to this the liklihood of further statehouse pickups in 2020 and the subsequent redistricting will be much more favorable to Democrats that would have been otherwise.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Nov 7th, 2018 at 09:03:26 PM EST
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Only a constitutional amendment could do that, and that is unlikely/unwise in this environment.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Nov 7th, 2018 at 09:30:21 PM EST
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My observation is, (D) voter gains in this election is concentrated in states where which won't shift electoral college. Racking up districts of likely voters in the same states that served HRC will not dislodge Trump.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Nov 7th, 2018 at 09:51:47 PM EST
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30 House seats "flipped" by the Dems (I supposed this is US-Eng for "won from the Repubs").

Out of these 30, at least half (16) in states that went for Trump in 2016 - 4 in PA alone and 2 in FL and MI.

Granted, the Repubs also "flipped" two seats (in PA and in MN - a HRC 2016 state) and I understand there are races still being counted in CA and WA, but this is not insignificant, considering the 2016 presidential election was decided by less than one hundred thousand voters in states like PA and MI.

by Bernard on Wed Nov 7th, 2018 at 11:57:31 PM EST
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Add one more:  New Mexico 2nd CD.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Thu Nov 8th, 2018 at 05:19:31 AM EST
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One of my frustrations has been the inability to find any accurate source of information on who won where. It is annoying and unsatisfying to know that the Democrats gained 'over thirty seats'. Maybe Wiki will start to update, but they had not overnight. How hard can it be? A list of states with results for Governor and US Senator, (if any), a count of US Representatives by party, and a current count of state legislatures and senates by party. That would be an order of magnitude better than anything I have found. Perhaps there are such sites behind paywalls.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Nov 8th, 2018 at 04:21:01 PM EST
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Maybe it lacks some information you want, but for me Guardian has more than enough information.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/ng-interactive/2018/nov/06/midterm-elections-2018-live-results-l atest-winners-and-seats?CMP=results_blog

You can get down to the individual races, get the current and status of the election.

What I would like to know is if the election has shifted the distribution within the Democratic party. Did progressives gain seats?

by fjallstrom on Thu Nov 8th, 2018 at 06:31:07 PM EST
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Thanks. As to progressiveness, it sorta depends on how one defines it. Some would have it that we have 80+ new progressives. But a number of those come from military and intelligence backgrounds. Time will tell how progressive they are.

My question is how many of them have any understanding of MMT and of the problems with mainstream economics. Not very many, but many may be open to such approaches when they have the opportunity to actually push measures they desire, i.e. after 2020 at best. But then, as they say, 'times make the man'. Beto O'Rourke, Gavin Newsome, and several others under 60 are available.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Nov 8th, 2018 at 07:25:52 PM EST
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Party representation by congressional district within a state has no bearing on allocation of electors granted to each state.

FAQ: Each party's caucus in each state nominates and elects its slate of electors tied to its party's candidate for POTUS. This function is ceremonial except that electors of any party are not obligated to pledge their vote's to the the candidate elected by popular vote. The general population does not elect them; the number of votes cast does not alter their number. Voters in each state elect one POTUS candidate, one set of electors.

Do you understand the electoral paradox established by the US Constitution? HRC did not.

The number of electors per state is fixed, independent of party affiliations within each state.
"Electoral votes are allocated among the states based on the Census."
(D) are interested in counting greater numbers of live bodies (citizen, resident alien, or neither) for the 2020 census in order only to increase the number of districts and electors allocated to a state. Doing so necessarily subtracts from complementary states' House representation, because the total number of House representatives is fixed at 435.
"Every state is allocated a number of votes equal to the number of senators and representatives in its U.S. Congressional delegation."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Nov 8th, 2018 at 09:18:25 PM EST
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Taking Up 5 Cases, High Court Clears Way for Trial on Census Change
Led by New York, the challengers in the case contend that Commerce Secretary Wilbur ross added the citizenship question with ["]discriminatory intent["].
NB. Notice that the so-called intent does not reach for the very obvious POLITICAL consequence of distributing congressional districts out low-density pop states --everywhere by the coasts.
The challengers contend that the citizenship question will discourage participation by immigrants of color, causing population undercounts that will reduce the political power and federal funding of blue states for a decade.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Nov 8th, 2018 at 09:34:19 PM EST
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by the s/b but the coasts, ie. central USA, "Trump Country"


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Nov 8th, 2018 at 09:41:21 PM EST
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Thanks for this summary on the Electoral College.
Yes, I'm familiar with the POTUS election system and how a candidate can get elected while losing the popular vote.

What I noted is merely that the Dems made inroads in states that Trump carried in 2016. I mentioned PA and MI in particular because Trump won them by only a few thousand votes in 2016 (I'm not a specialist, I just read Wiki). This might not necessarily happen again in 2020.

Also among the so-called "swing states", Florida was won by Trump with only 80000 votes (out of 9.4 millions); will it happen again in 2020? (I understand FL amendment 4 may have an impact too)

by Bernard on Thu Nov 8th, 2018 at 10:57:31 PM EST
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I'm pointing out that the predictive power of mid-term election results on POTUS election results is weak. The press and its clients are primarily interested in generating dramatic, epic tales about party loyalty and voter participation that scarcely exist.

Yes, Trump can win on electoral results alone, again.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Nov 8th, 2018 at 11:45:58 PM EST
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Thinking About 2020 Nate Silver, 538
So here's some slightly scary news for Trump: The 2018 map looked more like 2012 than 2016, with Democrats performing quite well in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, the three states that essentially won Trump the election two years ago.

As a "fun," day-after-the-election experiment, I decided to add up the total popular vote for the U.S. House in each state, based on ABC News's tally of votes as of Wednesday afternoon. This isn't a perfect exercise, by any means. The vote is still being counted in many states; there are a few dozen congressional districts where one of the parties (usually Republicans) didn't nominate a candidate. I did make one adjustment for a slightly different problem, which is that Florida doesn't bother to count votes in uncontested races, something that cost Democrats in the neighborhood of 720,000 votes off their popular-vote tally in that state.2

With those caveats aside, here's the map you come up with if you count up the popular vote. It ought to look familiar. In fact, it's the same exact map by which Obama defeated Mitt Romney in 2012, except with Ohio going to Republicans. It would have equated to 314 electoral votes for Democrats and 224 for the GOP.


Then a map less favorable to the Democrats for 2020:

Of course the map looks good for you when you've had a good night. How about in an average year instead, when the overall vote is fairly close? Democrats currently lead in the national popular vote for the House by around 6 percentage points, and they're likely to run that total up to 7 or perhaps 8 percentage points as additional votes are counted, mostly from the West Coast mail-balloting states (California, Oregon, Washington). On the other hand, the Democratic margin is a bit inflated because Republicans let quite a few districts go uncontested. So let's go ahead and subtract 6 points from the Democrat's 2018 margin in every state; this is a benchmark for what things might have looked like in a roughly neutral year:


IMO, 2020 will be about as neutral as was 2018, So, perhaps we need not despair. There seems to be a reasonable hope for a 2020 outcome favorable to Democrats. And it seems likely that, by 2020, Democrats might have a new House Speaker and another crop of more progressive members.  

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Nov 9th, 2018 at 06:36:27 PM EST
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2016 Actual - House [POLITICO]

2018 Current -House [538 shown: last update 227(D),198 (R); BLOOMBERG:last update 231 (D), 198(R), 11 outstanding]

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What do these maps signify? (1.) Geographic area of congressional districts (2.) Partisan "control" of geographic area (3.) "Correlation" of partisan districts to electoral outcome in 2016, when Trump won greatest number of electors, which Nate Silver does not want to discuss. Why? Correlation of district representation to electoral outcome is weak. Correlation of voter participation --greatest in POTUS election-- to candidate is strong. And the opposition party candidate with "charisma" to unseat an incumbent is unknown. Anyone Butrump is not a candidate.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Nov 10th, 2018 at 03:02:27 PM EST
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Here, Richard Florida hosts Rahm Emmanuel's trash talk about "Blue Wave" across Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs). West Virginia is to a Chicago suburb as every teachers' union strike is to #GoogleWalkout.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Nov 10th, 2018 at 10:13:17 PM EST
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Gaining state houses in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania will reduce the potential for vote manipulation there and Trump will have a hard time winning in 2020 without them.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Nov 9th, 2018 at 12:42:56 AM EST
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m'k. We can return to that theory after the 7 Nov election results for states' legislatures are completed ... preferably this century.

tabulated seats by party, by state as of 7 Nov 2018

ncsl.org summary
current composition, as of 7 Nov 2017

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Nov 9th, 2018 at 12:22:02 PM EST
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Republicans lapped the Democrats during Obama's first term ... will cost time and major effort to return on equal footing.

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Fri Nov 9th, 2018 at 12:30:23 PM EST
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Yes, but here is the truth about POTUS "calculus" that some people are unable or unwilling to accept. And that confusion is somewhat understandable, because the pulp fiction produced by the press over the centuries assures itself that the POTUS candidate represents a market for salacious, partisan intrigues. Meanwhile ...

Voters elect one candidate. The one candidate owns the electors.

Voters do not elect a "party" for POTUS. Voters elect one candidate for each office of local and state government.

Voters do not elect "policy" as a rule, for the simple reason that election does neither predicates nor guarantees "policy" in fact.

et voilà

The Ultimate 'Minority'
So who does this one candidate 'represent'? The one with the gun -- $$$$, race or ethnicity, sexual orientation [!], police powers --the elite power broker with whom a voter is thought, generally, to 'identify'.

While I was slumming with the CA Cohort of Petty Landlords, I toyed with the theory, "Big Man Syndrome."
I'd trot out a US counterfactual adoration anytime some UID fingered "third-world dictator" crimes-against-humanity.

Now, suffice to say, democracy is not well understood.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Nov 9th, 2018 at 01:28:11 PM EST
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I'm inclined to wait for (D) to squander House leadership. That's the party's M.O. "Russia-gate" and the "Elvis-Hunt" ultimately sabotaged senate friendlies, losing senate swing votes good and proper. And let's not talk about howt that helped (R) fund this "Voter Integrity" fiasco.

Abrams, rightly, has refused to concede to Kemp, and Bloomberg has bogarted a number of final results-- MOE < 1% - 2%. Litigation is the future of Shelby vs Holder.

(D) should talk a great game about all the action they would take IF the (R) didn't rule the senate. Pick any topic. That is the easy playbook. They'll run with the catalogue from now to 2024, because the DNC can't run a plausible Trump-weight candidate --not Harris or Booker or HRC. Pelosi and Schumer is so "T. May" they've never run.

I don't think they can stick to it.  A real opposition party should be on offense to disrupt the senate class of 2020. Instead they'll squander "capital" on pseudo-impeachment challenges and "historic firsts" optics. They should be sending cash down ticket to disrupt conservatives' states' legislatures in 2020 with specific pledges to reverse specific laws.

I don't think DNC is prepared or even motivated to pull from the backbench to replace POTUS in 2020. Trench "warfare" between elites seems to me an apt and cynical analogy on the anniversary of WWI armistice.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Nov 7th, 2018 at 01:39:51 PM EST
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Granted the Democrats still have a weak position and MAY misplay their hand. But we have to see how Trump will respond to his newfound vulnerabilities. Congressman Jerry Nadler is set to become Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, which has significant power over the operation of the Justice Department. He has already indicated he plans on taking steps to protect Mueller's investigation, so a lot depends on who does what when. The most crucial period will be from now until the new Congress convenes in January.

We also will be finding out more about how various groups voted in this election. A lot of matters are purely speculation until we understand more about that issue. One reasonable certainty is a downturn in the economy. But that can play both ways. Hard times make for conservative politics, so Trump is well positioned to further demagogue those issues.

But one positive from this election is the broad support the country shows for reform of health care delivery. Expect the House to be making clear overtures to the White House on control of drug prices Success on such issues would blunt allegations of obstructionism by the Democrats, especially contrasted to the Republican performance after Obama's election.

Another positive is the broadly held view that the Republican Tax cuts are bad for the country. The country needs more domestic spending in areas that employ people in the bottom 90% of the income distribution spectrum. It is going to be a war in all but the military sense and the Republicans still have the preponderance of power. There was never much chance of any other result. But there is no necessity to despair. Optimism can be a choice.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Nov 7th, 2018 at 04:58:06 PM EST
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One reasonable certainty is a downturn in the economy. But that can play both ways.

Yes the downturn in the economy is a certainty. However, I'm not so sure it can play both ways. Trump promised to not only make America Great Again, but that people would "get tired of winning". I think what more likely will happen (also depending on how steep the downturn is) is that Trump will look for scapegoats for the failure. That could get ugly.

"Beware of the man who does not talk, and the dog that does not bark." Cheyenne
by maracatu on Sun Nov 18th, 2018 at 03:07:47 PM EST
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