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Saturday, November 08, 2008

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The media's talking point of late has been that while Obama won, ours is still a center-right nation. This is a myth I've been trying to rebut for a long time. The polls just don't support that claim. And here's another set of polls that also show we're a more progressive country than the media would lead you to believe.

The other talking point they've bought into is that somehow Obama's victory was not a mandate. Yet, the said that Bush had one after his 2004 victory, the smallest for any president who was re-elected since 1916, and the second closest election vote margin (after 2000) since 1976. Bush's final popular vote margin was about 3 million over Kerry, though, electorally, he essentially only won by a few hundred-thousand votes in Ohio.

Obama, on the other hand, who doesn't have a mandate, beat McCain by about 3 times the popular vote as Bush did Kerry (at current total just over 8 million). Percentage wise, Bush beat Kerry by 2.4% while Obama looks to have defeat McCain by 5.9%, getting nearly 53% of the vote, the highest total since George HW Bush won in 1988, with nearly 54%.

Lets take the way back machine...

Keith Miller, NBC News correspondent: "Bush, who won by more than three and a half million votes, has a solid mandate that will force the attention of America's enemies and allies." [NBC's Nightly News, 11/3/04]

Tony Karon, Time magazine columnist and senior editor: "George W. Bush took the reins of power with the confidence and certainty of one who had carried a landslide mandate to implement his own agenda. This time, of course, his claim of a popular mandate is incontrovertible. His party has strengthened its grip on both branches of the legislature, and freed of any first-term restraints that might be thrown up by reelection concerns, President George W. Bush is well positioned to even more vigorously pursue his agenda." [Time, "Victorious Bush Reaches Out," 11/3/04]

Chris Matthews, MSNBC host: "Good evening. I'm Chris Matthews. And welcome to MSNBC's post-election coverage live from Democracy Plaza in New York's Rockefeller Plaza. Yesterday voters went to the polls and reelected President George Bush, giving him a mandate in his second term." [MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, 11/3/04]

Bill Bennett, conservative author and nationally syndicated radio host: "Having restored decency to the White House, President Bush now has a mandate to affect policy that will promote a more decent society, through both politics and law. His supporters want that, and have given him a mandate in their popular and electoral votes to see to it." [National Review Online, "The Great Relearning," 11/3/04]

William Kristol, Weekly Standard executive editor: "The hair-pullers and teeth-gnashers won't like it, of course, but we're nevertheless inclined to call this a Mandate. Indeed, in one sense, we think it an even larger and clearer mandate than those won in the landslide reelection campaigns of Nixon in 1972, Reagan in 1984, and Clinton in 1996." [The Weekly Standard, "Misunderestimated," 11/15/04 issue]

Dan Chapman, Atlanta Journal-Constitution global economics and business reporter: "Bush, buoyed by a popular mandate and a more Republican Congress, will probably receive the financial and military wherewithal to fight the insurgency and rebuild Iraq." [The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Bush gets voters' nod on Iraq, but outlook risky," 11/4/04]

Michele Kelemen, National Public Radio diplomatic correspondent: "Others doubt President Bush will change much given his election mandate and his strong convictions in foreign policy." [NPR's Weekend All Things Considered, 11/6/04]

Paula Zahn, CNN host: "A president with a mandate, a 10-seat majority in the Senate, at least 25 seats in the House. So everything should be smooth sailing for Republicans, right? Well, maybe not." [CNN's Paula Zahn Now, 11/8/04]

Paula Zahn, CNN host: "A president with a mandate, a 10-seat majority in the Senate, at least 25 seats in the House. So everything should be smooth sailing for Republicans, right? Well, maybe not." [CNN's Paula Zahn Now, 11/8/04]

Now, I'm not sure exactly what a mandate tangibly is or looks like, but if such a thing exists in American politics, Obama certainly has one. Semantics aside, he has the broadest support of any president at least since George HW Bush.

the right-wing commentators greatest (sic) hits of the campaign.
...yet GOP pols who trashed him last week, now rushing to praise him...including Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, who called him "anti-American." She somehow got re-elected, but now says she's "grateful" he won.

According to Rasmussen Poll...62% of GOP voters want Palin in 2012.

1 comment:

patrick said...

If Palin runs for President in 2012, at least she has name recognition going for her... but, at this point, that may or may not work in her favor