Originally Posted by mnchiefsguy
No. A mandate is not automatic at 50.1%. A mandate is more like Clinton's re-election is 96, or either of Reagan's elections. A mandate is a candidate who sweeps into office with members of Congress riding a wave of coat tails to get elected...how many seats in Congress did Obama's coat tails deliver?
So no, it is not a fact. It is an opinion. An opinion that 50% of voting Americans disagree with.
Look at the vote nationwide based on counties. There are a lot of red counties on that map, and it clearly shows that there is no mandate.
One could argue that if Obama has a mandate, then the House has a mandate too, since it remains solidly Republican, and a large number of its Republican members retained their seats by a solid margin.
The House does not see an Obama mandate, and if Obama tries to push through his agenda without compromise, he will find building his legacy over the next four years to be very difficult.
So you've decided to move the goalposts on what a mandate is. Meh well -- that's your right and everything, but the guy won a majority of the vote and a whopping 330 EVs. But because he crushed his previous opponent even worse
, this victory therefore is not a mandate.
Again, that's on you if you believe it. That certainly was Hannity's line last night.