There was a mandate

There is no question but that Obama and the Democratic Party have a mandate from the people from this election.

(1) President Obama won the electoral college 332 to 206. He won all the battleground states except for North Carolina.

(2) Obama also won the popular vote.

(3) Not only did Obama win the popular vote, he won an absolute majority of the popular vote (more than 50%).

(4) Obama won more states than Romney did: 26 states to 24.

(5) The GOP will try to say there really was no mandate because the GOP retains control of the House. But the House districts are even less indicative of the popular vote than the electoral college is, because each state is guaranteed a minimum number of representatives, and because of gerrymandered districts. In this election there were actually more votes for Democratic candidates for congress than there were for Republicans! The votes were 53,952,000 for Democrats and 53,402,000 for Republicans. The House of Representatives is really not exactly representative.

So I don’t think there is any doubt but that there was a mandate.


GOP completely imploded (from Business Insider)

This is true. And if you didn’t see Karl Rove’s meltdown on Fox it’s worth seeing.

From the article:

As it turns out, the Romney campaign’s polling model was completely wrong. The country is getting more, not less, diverse, and those shifts have been reflected in the electoral turnout for presidential races over the past 20 years. There was no real reason to indicate that 2012 would be any different.

According to exit polls, whites actually made up just 72% of the electorate this year, while Latinos and youth voters upped their share of the electorate by one percentage point each. The African American percentage of the electorate stayed the same.

Karl Rove’s meltdown on Fox News Tuesday night illustrated just how shocked Republicans were by this outcome. Rove was convinced that Romney would regain the lead in Ohio with unreported rural white votes, but never anticipated the number of minority voters that would turn out for Obama in the state’s urban centers. In Florida, Republicans were similarly floored by the huge Latino and African American turnout for Obama in Tampa.