The chairwoman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) reportedly slammed polls and turnout models last week in a phone call with House Democrats when the party lost seats — instead of gaining up to 15, as had been predicted as late as Election Day. Now that's rich because most polling organizations either favor Democrats or are polling to get a specific result that Democrats want.
"I'm furious," U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos said. "Something went wrong here across the entire political world. Our polls, Senate polls, gov. polls, presidential polls ... public polls, turnout modeling, and prognosticators all pointed to one political environment. That environment never materialized."
Democrats currently hold a 232-197 majority in the House, with six seats empty. Votes are still being counted, of course, but National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Michael McAdams said it was not out of the realm of possibility that Republicans could wind up with 208 to 212 seats. That would place them in an excellent position to retake the House in 2022 and control Congress for the last two years of a potential Joe Biden administration.
What they think of you
One of the closing presidential pitches for Democrats in battleground states was a commercial posted to Twitter featuring New York native pop star Lady Gaga dressed in camouflage and holding a can of beer.
"Hey, this is Lady Gaga," she said as she leaned against a pickup truck. "I'm voting for America, which means I'm voting for Joe Biden. And if you live in Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, Florida, or Arizona, I encourage you to vote."
She took a sip of the beer, attempted to crush the can, then threw it on the ground, concluding, "Cheers to the 2020 election."
Camouflage, beer, pickup truck, littering. That, to Democrats, defines the average voter they were looking for to win.
Did they ever consider that the average camouflage-wearing, beer-drinking, truck-driving voter may not have heard of Lady Gaga? Probably not.
Suffice it to say, that's one commercial that probably didn't help close the deal.
Thanksgiving is ruined — again
Several conservative celebrities have criticized new guidelines laid out by California Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state's Department of Public Health that ban indoor gatherings to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
The guidelines, announced several weeks ahead of Thanksgiving, define gatherings as "social situations that bring together people from different households at the same time in a single space or place." It says the host of any private gathering is to limit attendance to no more than three households and for no more than two hours. The gatherings, it says, shall only be outdoors and shall promote physical distancing, frequent hand-washing or sanitizing, and the use of masks or face coverings.
Oh, and singing, chanting or shouting are strongly discouraged, so there will be no talk about the election.
"Dear Emperor@GavinNewsom," tweeted comedian Rob Schneider. "During our allotted 3 family limit this Thanksgiving, if my Aunt comes over, can I throw her a slice of turkey from the window? We promise NOT to sing ... we will all just whisper."
Meanwhile, actor Adam Baldwin called the guidelines "ridiculously unenforceable," and former game show host Chuck Woolery said Newsom had gone "bonkers."
The family of a Mississippi third-grader has filed a federal lawsuit after her school principal ordered her to remove the mask she wore to school that had the words "Jesus Loves Me" printed on it.
Two days after the principal's action, and after the mother of student Lydia Booth determined the school's policy did not prohibit messages on masks, the school district issued a statement that covered the action: "Masks cannot display political, religious, sexual or any inappropriate symbols, gestures or statements that may be offensive, disruptive or deemed distractive to the school environment."
Prior to the action, the school district had allowed students to wear masks with messages "concerning virtually unlimited topics," according to the civil rights complaint, which cited the 1st and 14th Amendments to the Constitution. Among those had been the words "Black Lives Matter."
"School officials can't pick and choose which messages students are allowed to express and which they aren't," said a statement by Alliance Defending Freedom, which filed the lawsuit. "And they certainly can't single out religious speech for worse treatment than other types of speech."