Here's another thing, Democrats like to make everyone forget the first two years of Obama's presidency when he had his party in charge of congress. That's how things would go again if you regained both branches. They put the focus on the last two where they can blame Republicans. So in 2012 though, he ran an Alinskyish campaign. The Electoral College margin does not show that many of those decisive state wins were actually very narrow wins. Combine that with less youth and less independents voting for Obama and there is a decline in his original glowing popularity in 2008 where he spoke in wide enough generality for change that even someone like I liked his message.
Summary: Obama failed win new support, and lost some backing in almost all demographic groups. Yes he still won, due to his base turning out. But it was not a mandate if you parse the numbers—nor was it a crushing landslide.
“Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the Government’s purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.” — James Madison
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