What Tuesday’s voting boils down to at this point is that the Democrats will regain control of the House, and the Republicans will hold the Senate, perhaps gaining some seats. Overall, the full “blue wave” the Dems were hoping for hasn’t materialized, and some are already searching for ways to delegitimize the Senate vote. With that comes the “Senate popular vote” talking point:
Democrats have a 12-point lead in the overall popular vote for the Senate and have lost three seats.
— Evan Hill (@evanchill) November 7, 2018
This is an insult to democracy.
We are the majority party. https://t.co/ovqHgmjN2H
— Zac Petkanas (@Zac_Petkanas) November 7, 2018
Astonishing and horrifying.
The only silver lining: DEMS ARE THE MAJORITY VIEW. https://t.co/LKKdAdtivF
— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) November 7, 2018
The Senate, like the Electoral College, is another problem with US "democracy" https://t.co/ckI2gHdkGB
— Jonathan McDowell (@planet4589) November 7, 2018
Ezra Klein made the “House popular vote” hypothetical on Monday, and that approach is even more ridiculous when applied to the U.S. Senate:
“Popular vote for the Senate.”
— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) November 7, 2018
Oh jeez, not this shit again… https://t.co/LANsfxlpr1
— Ken Gardner (@KenGardner11) November 7, 2018
And it’ll be around for quite some time, no matter how ridiculous.
There 👏 is 👏 no 👏 popular 👏 vote 👏 in 👏 the 👏 Senate 👏 https://t.co/0nPhC1MIMR
— ConservativeBlackMan 🇯🇲🇺🇸 (@NevilleD35) November 7, 2018
It’s the evil GOP and its sneaky gerrymandering of state lines.
— Razor (@hale_razor) November 7, 2018
If you use the phrase “Senate popular vote,” I will never take seriously anything you say about politics ever again.
— Frank J. Fleming (@IMAO_) November 7, 2018
It’s a shame NYT writers don’t know how senators are elected. https://t.co/QgCw01c0U5
— Matt Day (@mattdayii) November 7, 2018
— Greg Wolf (@gregmwolf) November 7, 2018
There is no such thing as a "popular vote for the Senate" as many states didn't have any elections this year in the Senate.
This is a silly argument to make at best and an intentionally dishonest one at worst. https://t.co/wV3R6JH3Jr
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) November 7, 2018
And yet they don’t seem to care.