By Jueseppi B.
Susan Milligan is a political and foreign affairs writer and contributed to a biography of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy.
One would think that with re-election—by an Electoral College landslide, notably—people would finally accept that President Barack Obama is the leader of the country. But still, despite the failed efforts of the birthers and Donald Trump and everyone else who just couldn’t imagine that a majority of voters said Obama should be president, the efforts to discredit Obama persist.
Almost immediately after Obama was re-elected (becoming only the fifth president in U.S. history to win a majority, and not just a plurality, of the popular vote twice), the self-anointed realists declared that Obama had no “mandate.” Never mind those 332 Electoral College votes, never mind the fact that he managed to win re-election despite residual racism and a general unhappiness with the slowness of the economic recovery.
It was deemed that because Obama won by just three percentage points in the popular vote, that he somehow had no right to assume he had earned the authority to lead. This argument is especially remarkable when one considers the comments made by disgraced former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who said after the GOP had taken majorities in both chambers under President George Bush that since the Republicans controlled the White House, the House, and the Senate, “we control the agenda.” Not much room there for cross-party compromise.
In remarks on the Senate floor, the top Republican in that chamber argues against a mandate for President Barack Obama after his reelection last week.
“In politics, there is always a temptation among those who win office to think they have a mandate to do what they will,” McConnell will say, according to prepared remarks. “But it’s important to remember that in this case the voters also re-elected a Republican-controlled House last week, and a closely divided Senate. And in a government of three equal branches, that’s hardly irrelevant. Most people may focus on the White House, but the fact is, the government is organized no differently today than it was after the Republican wave of 2010.”
The top Senate Republican contends that Americans are “wary” of what Obama might do in a second term. “Look out across the heartland, and you’ll see vast regions of the country wary of the President’s vision for the future. The country is sharply divided about the right path forward. If the President wants to unite America, as he has always claimed to, if he truly realizes that he was elected to represent all of its citizens, not just the ones who voted to give him a second term last Tuesday … then he’ll seek the common ground he avoided so strenuously in his first term. That’s his task. That’s the duty that comes with being President.”
Mitch McConnell is a fool, an idiot, a moron and a flaming racist ass. That’s a fact. 332 electoral votes for POTUS Obama against 206 electoral votes for Willard Romney.
States Carried: POTUS Obama-26 + D.C. Romney-24
Popular vote totals: 62,307,405 (50.6%) Votes for POTUS Obama……..58,938,376 (47.8%) Votes for Willard Romney.
Thats a mandate all day long…..Stupid.
The 2012 election produced more than its share of ironic results, but there is one that will stand above all others: Mitt Romney is the candidate of 47 percent of the American electorate.
As the long count of ballots cast in last Tuesday’s presidential election nears completion, Barack Obama’s popular-vote margin over Romney continues to expand. The Democratic president’s percentage of the vote has been steadily rising. As this has happened, his Republican challenger’s percentage has fallen.
Whereas on election night conservative commentators could speak of the finish to the long and bitter campaign as “almost a tie,” Obama now has a 3.4 million popular-vote, and 50.57 percent of the total.
Romney has drifted down to… 47.84 percent.
President Obama Friday claimed an election mandate to raise the richest Americans’ taxes before across-the-board hikes push the country back into recession next year.
“I’m not wedded to every detail of my plan. I’m open to compromise,” Obama said in the East Room of the White House.
“But I refuse to accept any approach that isn’t balanced. I am not going to ask students and seniors and middle-class families to pay down the entire deficit while people like me making over $250,000 aren’t asked to pay a dime more in taxes,” he said.
America has never been about what can be done for us. It’s about what can be done by us, together, through the hard and frustrating but necessary work of self-government. That’s the principle we were founded on.
~ President Barack Obama, November 7, 2012~
Sounds like a mandate to me.
Let’s not forget…..It’s Still Barack’s House.
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