WASHINGTON – The nationalization of our policy is now complete. Well almost.
Daily Kos Elections completed their tally of the 2020 presidential ballot in the 435 congressional districts and found that Joe Biden held 224 districts, while Donald Trump won 211.
This is almost identical to the actual 222-213 partisan split in Congress that took place after the 2020 Congressional contests.
There were only 16 crossed districts in 2020 – nine Republicans hold districts Biden led last year, and seven Democrats represent districts Trump won.
The other 419 congressional districts are represented by the party that won the presidential ballot.
These 16 transition districts in the 2020 election are down from 35 in 2016 and 83 in 2008.
These are just the latest data highlighting how polarized – and nationalized – our politics has become.
As previously noted, only six states in the country now have split representation in the Senate, where a Democrat and a Republican both represent him in the US Senate.
That’s down from 21 divided states in 1993.
Conclusion: with a few exceptions, what happens at the top of the ticket is reflected at the bottom.
Meet the 16 crossed neighborhoods
Democratic-Trump Congressional Districts (7)
- Maine 2 (golden)
- Pa. 8 (Cartwright)
- NJ 3 (Kim)
- Mich. 8 (Slotkin)
- Fig. 17 (Bustos)
- Iowa 3 (Axne)
- Wisc. 3 (gender)
Biden-GOP Congress Districts (9)
- Pa. 1 (Fitzpatrick)
- NY 24 (Katko)
- Fla. 27 (Salazar)
- Texas 24 (Van Duyne)
- Neb. 2 (Bacon)
- California 21 (Valadao)
- California 25 (Garcia)
- California 39 (Kim)
- Calif. 48 (steel)
Double standard? Or put the guardrails back in place?
Politico has a story in which Democrats accuse Neera Tanden of being held to double standards – that Republicans (as well as Democrat Joe Manchin) deem his tweets passed by rules they did not enforce for Donald Trump ( or even the former Trump ambassador. Ric Grenell, for that matter).
But writer Matt Lewis has a different take: It’s time to put the guardrails back and hold people accountable for their actions – and their tweets.
Yes, Tanden is held to a double standard that did not exist for Trump, Lewis writes.
But he argues that the alternative to this is no standards at all.
Tweet of the day
Downloading data: the numbers you need to know today
28,282,645: The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States, according to the most recent data from NBC News and health officials. (That’s 59,303 more than yesterday morning.)
502 493: The number of deaths in the United States from the virus so far, according to the most recent data from NBC News. (That’s 1401 more than yesterday morning.)
55 403: The number of people currently hospitalized with coronavirus in the United States.
345.6 million: The number of coronavirus tests that have been administered in the United States so far, according to researchers from the COVID Tracking Project.
64,177,474: Number of vaccine doses administered in the United States
19,438,495: Fully vaccinated people in the United States
65: The number of days Biden has left to meet his 100-day vaccination goal.
At 1:15 p.m. ET, President Biden hosts a panel discussion with essential black workers. Starting at 4:00 p.m. ET, Biden is holding – remotely – a bilateral meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Joe and the juice
West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin is launching his power for the first time in an equally divided Senate.
On Friday, the Democratic senator announced that he would not back President Biden’s OMB leadership candidate, Neera Tanden. Quickly, the senses. Susan Collins, Mitt Romney and Rob Portman have followed suit. That almost guarantees that Tanden won’t be confirmed for Biden’s cabinet – and that’s if she doesn’t withdraw her nomination before the vote.
Then, on Monday, Manchin announced that he was undecided on how he would vote for the Home Secretary’s candidate, Representative Deb Haaland, DN.M. Haaland is scheduled to appear before the Senate on Energy and Natural Resources today – Manchin chairs the committee.
And the week number is … 135
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ICYMI: What else is going on in the world
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Xavier Becerra will also face tough questions during his confirmation hearings this week.
Merrick Garland says his first priority as an AG will be investigating Jan.6.
What went wrong with the Capitol breach? A hearing today can shed some light.
A new poll in Florida shows Gov. Ron DeSantis is getting a lot of attention from Republicans across the state.
The Supreme Court has denied Trump’s ultimate effort to keep his Manhattan prosecutor’s tax returns.
The Hill may be increasingly diverse, but the congressional staff remains predominantly white.