The Crumbling Red Wall

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This evening the 2018 House Popular Vote Tracker shows that our lead in the overall popular vote increased by yet another one tenth of one percent, to put us an even 8.0 percent ahead of the Republicans in the nationwide popular vote.

In a nation that is evenly divided politically, a solid majority have repudiated Trump and his enablers.

As of this evening, Republicans have 200 seats in the new House of Representatives, and Democrats have 234—40 more than their number in the current Congress.

Down in the seventh district of Georgia—Atlanta’s eastern suburbs, chiefly Gwinnett County—we improved 6.2 percent over Hillary’s 2016 performance. This was a little more than the nationwide average of 5.9 percent. But Hillary lost in the seventh district by 6.4 points, so the 6.2 movement back toward the Democrats fell just short of the margin of victory. The race has been called for the Republicans.

By contrast, New York’s 22nd district was called this evening for the Democrats. In Georgia 7 the swing back and forth was dramatic. In New York 22 it was dizzying. Clinton lost that district by 15.3 percent, but the blue wave in this election moved the needle back toward the Democrats by a whopping 16.6 percent. Kind of like watching a tennis match from the front row center seat.

One race, the 27th New York district, remains uncalled, but it looks as if the Republicans will take that one. Trump carried that district by 24.3 points, but it appears that the 2018 Democratic pushback this year “only” got as far as 23.7 percent.

Tennis, anyone?

We’re in the Money

Corporate America hikes contributions to key Democrats:

Corporate PACs are increasing their contributions to several Democrats who are in line to lead powerful committees if their party retakes the House in November, another sign of the burgeoning expectations for Democrats’ showing in the midterms. …

Contributions from lobbyists and corporate PACs are the lifeblood of Washington fundraising, and many Democratic lawmakers say there’s nothing wrong with accepting such contributions to help retake the House.

Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), who’s in line to become chairman of the House Rules Committee if Democrats control the chamber next year, raised about $139,000 from corporate PACs for his campaign and his leadership PAC, Mac PAC, in the first six months of this year — 38 percent more than he brought in during the first half of 2016. But he doesn’t believe the checks he’s accepted from PACs affiliated with companies such as Amazon, General Mills and Boeing make him any more sympathetic to their interests. …

The money is a tiny fraction of the hundreds of millions — if not billions — of dollars that will be spent on the battle for control of the House. But the uptick shows big business eyeing the chances that Democrats could win in November and trying to make early inroads with potential party leaders. The contributions could help Democrats on their way to control of the House — but also could exacerbate tension within the party’s ranks over its relationship with corporate PACs.

To Everything There is a Season

And a time for every purpose under heaven.

Now, in my view, is the time for corporate money flowing to Democrats. They badly need us, because their own Republican politicians did not stay bought. And we need them, acting in their own selfish interest, to drive a stake into the heart of Trumpism.