HomeNewsElectionsDemocrats keep winning the popular vote. That worries them. Nov. 14, 2020 at 5:00 amElectionsGovernmentPoliticsDemocrats keep winning the popular vote. That worries them.Associated Press7 months agoelectionspopular vote NICHOLAS RICCARDIAssociated PressDemocrats won the popular vote in this year’s presidential election yet again, marking seven out of eight straight presidential elections that the party has reached that milestone.And, for some Democrats, that’s worrisome.President-elect Joe Biden has so far won 50.8% of the vote compared to the 47.4% who voted for President Donald Trump, a 5 million vote advantage that is likely to grow as Democratic bastions like California and New York continue to count ballots. Biden’s 77.5 million votes to date are the most for any winning candidate, and Trump’s 72.3 million also set a high water mark for a losing one.Experts predict Biden’s margin of victory will surpass former President Barack Obama’s 4 percentage point popular vote lead in 2012. Only Obama’s landslide 2008 victory — with a 7 percentage point margin in the popular vote — was larger in recent elections.But what alarms many Democrats is a growing gap between their popular vote tallies and their political power. Democrats may be winning over more supporters, but as long as those votes are clustered on the coasts or in cities and suburbs, they won’t deliver the congressional victories the party needs to enact its policies.That power gap is especially clear this year. While Biden was racking up those historic margins, Democrats lost at least eight seats in the House of Representatives and failed to gain a single statehouse — in fact, they lost control of New Hampshire’s legislature. They also fell short of taking back control of the U.S. Senate, with their hopes now resting on winning two run-off elections in Georgia that are considered an uphill climb for the party.“There’s a massive structural challenge to the majority of Americans having any political power anytime soon,” said Rebecca Katz, a liberal Democratic strategist. “It’s a problem.”Whether it’s a problem — or a necessary check on power — is a point of debate. The founders created a U.S. system of government based partially on geography. Wyoming, with its population of 500,000, has as many senators as California, home to 39 million people. House seats are awarded based on population, but districts can be drawn to dilute the impact of types of voters. The presidency is a won by amassing a majority of electors allocated to states.“Power is not allocated by the popular vote,” said Simon Rosenberg, a veteran Democratic strategist. “What we have to get better at is not just winning more votes, but winning in more parts of each state, and in more states.”The disparity has only been growing as the country gets more polarized. When George W. Bush won the White House in 2000 through an Electoral College win despite losing the popular vote, it was seen as a fluke.Bush won reelection in 2004 with 50.7% of the national vote. But Democrats have won it every presidential election since, including in 2016, when Democrat Hillary Clinton won 2.9 million more votes but lost the White House to Trump because she narrowly lost critical swing states and did not win a majority of electors.The Trump-era polarization has accelerated the divide. Trump has performed well with white voters, specifically white voters who have not graduated from a four-year college — a group that is fairly evenly distributed throughout the 50 states. Democrats, meanwhile, have gained ground with college graduates, who are more likely to cluster in cities, and in states like Massachusetts and Colorado.Another bulwark for the Democratic coalition, Black, Latino and other racial minority voters, are likewise clustered in cities and certain states, and less represented in a broad swath of rural states that help give Republicans their geographic edge.The results in the 2018 midterm was especially clear: Democrats lost ground in the Senate even as they netted 41 seats to win control of the House of Representatives.It’s easy to see how the dynamic plays out in campaigns. Trump repeatedly slammed Democratic states like California and New York and Democratic-controlled cities during his presidency and reelection campaign. Biden, who couldn’t win just by appealing to places where his party was strong, argued the country needed to unify and stop fighting.The increasing gap between the majority and those actually in power troubles even those benefiting from it.“Republicans can be glib about this because it’s working for them, but I don’t think it’s a good long-term solution,” said Liam Donovan, a Washington, D.C.,-based GOP strategist. “For the long-term health of the party and of the country, you have to hope you’re not just winning barely with a diminishing rump.”Still, Republicans’ strong performance in state legislatures makes it likely they can lock in gains during the upcoming once-a-decade gerrymandering, by drawing lines for statehouse and congressional districts that pack voters into districts that favor the GOP. The party’s landslide 2010 win during Obama’s first midterm helped them do that over the past decade.“They’ll be able to cement this for a new decade,” Donovan said. “They’re figuring out new ways of consolidating power with the minority of the electorate.”Tags :electionspopular voteshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentChanging Election TrendsRooftop Cinema Club touches down with new drive-in at Santa Monica AirportYou Might Also LikeElectionsFeaturedNewsThird candidate enters County Supervisor raceMatthew Hall2 weeks agoFeaturedGovernmentNewsMcKeown announces retirementBrennon Dixson2 weeks agoFeaturedNewsPoliticsGOP seeks unity, even if that means embracing election lieGuest Author1 month agoNewsPoliticsIn GOP stronghold, Biden pushes for his infrastructure planGuest Author1 month agoFeaturedNewsPoliticsU.S. Senator Alex Padilla endorses Rick Chavez Zbur for AD50 seatClara Harter1 month agoFeaturedNewsPoliticsMalibu City Manager alleges harassment by councilmanGuest Author4 months ago
T.J. Oshie scored twice and Nicklas Backstrom (1 goal, 2 assists), Dmitry Orlov (1 goal, 2 assists) and Evgeny Kuznetsov (3 assists) each had three points as the Washington Capitals offense kicked it into high gear at the Barclay’s Center in a 7-3 rout of the fading New York Islanders. Philipp Grubauer was rock solid in the cage, once again, stopping 35 of 38 shots en route to his 11th victory of the season.This was the Caps third consecutive “W” and their first streak of this length since early January. The win, combined with Pittsburgh’s triumph over the Canadiens in Montreal, keeps both teams tied for first place in the Metropolitan Division with 87 points. The Capitals are now 40-23-7 while the Pens are at 41-26-5, so Washington has two games in hand.Below are several thoughts and analysis of a game that didn’t begin well for the good guys.No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn – New York is a notoriously fast starting squad, as evidenced by their 20-7-5 record coming into this tilt when tallying first. So when Washington started like they were still asleep and allowed the first goal just 2:19 into this affair via poor defensive zone coverage, it looked like this could be a long night. The Islanders were faced with the task of pretty much running the table to make the post season, so they were supposed to be the more desperate hockey team. Coach Doug Weight’s squad started that way, but the wheels started coming off of the bus when Lars Eller scored on a sweet pass from Jakub Vrana from behind the cage with Brett Connolly parked in front at 10:32 of period one. Just 57 seconds later, the Osh Babe notched his 13th tally of the season on a great feed from Andre Burakovsky on an odd man rush to totally erase New York’s fast start and really put the heat on the home squad.Pressure – Down 2-1, Billy Joel’s classic song, Pressure, was appropriate for how the team that made no moves at the NHL trade deadline had to feel, at that point. The Islanders would take advantage of an Orlov pinch and Matt Niskanen’s failure to cut off the pass to Andrew Ladd on a two on one break to tie the game up just a minute later. New York lives off of the rush game and they are very good when they get odd man situations. Washington was not playing smart hockey up to that point, and they need to learn that turnovers at the offensive blue line against fast teams are a recipe for heading to the golf course in the spring. Playing the Islanders is good training, in that regard, for a possible playoff matchup with the Penguins. Against speedy clubs, it is imperative that the puck move north-south until it is deep in the offensive zone.John Cougar’d – Rookie goalie, Christopher Gibson, stopped 50 shots on Sunday night in an Islanders win over the Flames, so he was riding high coming into this affair. Against Alex Ovechkin (1 assist) and company, the walls would come tumbling down in a hurry. With the Gr8 parked at the top of the paint, Orlov scored short side from a severe angle to give the Caps a 3-2 lead after 20 minutes. Just 3:22 into the middle frame, Burakovksy tipped home a Jakub Jerabek point shot with Oshie screening in front to make it 4-2. When Cal Clutterbuck took a stupid penalty for slashing Tom Wilson, who had run into Casey Cizikas earlier in the game, the Capitals went for the jugular on their only power play of the night. Backstrom batted home a puck Kuznetsov intended back door for Ovechkin, that was swatted into the slot by Gibson, to give Washington a three goal advantage. Young Gibson was pulled, for Jaroslav Halak, after allowing five goals on 12 shots. New York had 18 shots on goal, at that point in the game.The Wall – Up 5-2 heading into the third period, the Caps smartly went all Pink Floyd and walled off the front of their net, which pretty much forced the Islanders to shoot from the perimeter over the last 20 minutes. The guys in blue would send 20 biscuits to the cage over the last 30 minutes of this contest, but they only tallied off of a faceoff win on a Ryan Pulock rocket with 3:27 remaining. The score before Pulock’s tally was 6-2 since John Carlson notched his 13th goal of the season from the slot after a sweet pass by Ovi from the left wing corner with 4:19 to go. Alexander the Great is known for his goal scoring, but he can sure pass the disc, too.Brick House – Grubauer made some big stops in this one, especially on a breakaway by Cizikas with six minutes left in period two when it was a three goal affair. If #53 scores there, the crowd gets into it and Weight’s crew perhaps feels like they can come back. The puck would roll on Cizikas, but #31 was non-committal in the net and gave the Islanders center really nothing to shoot at. As previously mentioned, New York threw a lot of rubber at the net, but Philipp was flashing his glove to make saves without any rebounds all evening. Simply put, he was mighty mighty in the goal just letting it all hang out. Every time the Islanders seemed to get some offensive zone pressure or momentum, Grubauer gloved the puck and held on for a face off. Slowing the pace down favored the Capitals and the German goalie, who has been excellent since November, knew that.The Zoo – After three straight well officiated tilts, it was a return to the zoo with Eric Furlatt and Francis “Send Me Back to Quebec” Charron. This duo never really had a handle on this game and hooks and holds were allowed too often, especially on New York. The interference call on Niskanen was bogus as was Michal Kempny’s unsportsmanlike conduct penalty following an Islanders slash on Grubauer after the whistle had blown. Wilson was speared by Clutterbuck, but the men in stripes called it a slash. A five minute major was easily warranted in that situation. Willy was also called for roughing Clutterbuck late in period two, and it was an undisciplined play by #43, but that should’ve been an interference call. Fortunately for the Capitals, the poor officiating was really not much of a factor because they dominated the scoreboard.Red Light District – New York is a very dangerous offensive team, but in their own end, they lack attention to detail and that resulted in seven Washington goals (the last was an Osh Babe empty netter to close out the scoring). Coach Trotz put Backstrom, Burakovsky, and Oshie back together for the first time in awhile and they were the best trio on the ice. The Caps need to play smart in their own end on Friday night in the rematch at Capital One Arena and when they have the puck, make sure they go north-south with it and take advantage of the Islanders defense. If they play the right way, they should be victorious. In Thursday night’s affair, the Caps were opportunistic, and that certainly brought back memories of Eddie Murphy singing “Roxanne” in 48 hours.“Roxanne…Put on the Red light…Roxanne…Put on the Red Light…Roxanne…”Seven times the lamp went on for Washington on Thursday night.Notes: Braden Holtby will get his first start in 10 days on Friday night…Christian Djoos is slated to return to the lineup and the question is will Brooks Orpik or Jerabek come out? It would probably be wise to give #44 a rest, especially against the fast Islanders, but that leaves the Caps a good penalty killer short on the back end…the Caps were 1 for 1 on the power play and a perfect 3 for 3 against a very good power play…shot attempts were 68-35, for New York, but a lot of that was score effects and long range shots. The Islanders had 20 shots on goal to just 10 for Washington once it was 5-2…the Capitals lost the face off battle, 32-30, but Backstrom was 8-5…the Capitals large lead allowed Coach Barry Trotz to balance out the ice time. Niskanen led the team with just 22:28. Connolly had a team low 8:18. Brett needs to shoot more, especially when he has the puck in the slot. He has a fast release, so he needs to employ that more often.
Mousa Dembele had a fantastic game for Tottenham against Juventus Tottenham fans went crazy for Mousa Dembele during the club’s comeback in the Champions League against Juventus.Having been 2-0 down, Spurs eventually drew 2-2 in Turin and although Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen were the scorers, Dembele earned just as much praise.He controlled the midfield, dictated the tempo and his strength in driving forward impressed a lot of people.To highlight how highly the Tottenham faithful – as well as other fans – rated Dembele on Tuesday night, have a look at some of the responses to a tweet he posted after the game. 1