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  •  We don't have to justify it, we owe no (2+ / 0-)
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    explanations. President Obama was reelected with enough electoral college votes to take a second term.

    That - legally and constitutionally - is a mandate. The right wing can bloviate all they want about margins, percentages, Ronald Reagan, or any other hot air they feel like having with themselves.

    It has no bearing on us. The President will remain the President. That is his mandate.

    Rick Perry - the greatest scientist since Galileo!

    by Bobs Telecaster on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 07:57:29 PM PST

    •  Dems got a Senate mandate with 55 seats (1+ / 0-)
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      The nation confirmed that it wants the Dems to continue doing the work they have been doing in the Senate, and has added two more Dem Senators.  Anytime we have 55 Senators in one party (caucus), it's considered quite an overpowering majority.   If we had to switch places and cope with having only 45 Senators, it would be a tough situation.

      The word mandate comes from the latin root ("mandar," "com-mand"), that is to issue a command.   The nation confirmed that it wants Obama to be President, not his Republican opponents, and the nation has both electorally and popular-votedly issued a command to the President, which is to continue to be the kind of President that he has proven that he is capable of being.

      If he lost the popular vote, or only won it by 1%, it would be different.  But he's already ahead by approx 51 to 48%, and 51 to 48% is considered a clear victory.

      It would be a mixed mandate to both parties, except for the fact that the majority of American voters voted for Dems in the House, as well as the Senate.   The only reason for 40 vote R lead in House is the extreme gerrymandering that they did, which resulted in a classic case of:

      "Taxation Without Representation" in the House of Representatives for Democratic voters in dozens of Congressional Districts.

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