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On November 4, 2004, after winning re-election, George W. Bush described the impact of his win on his future plans

"And it's one of the wonderful -- it's like earning capital. You asked, do I feel free. Let me put it to you this way: I earned capital in the campaign, political capital, and now I intend to spend it. It is my style. That's what happened in the -- after the 2000 election, I earned some capital. I've earned capital in this election -- and I'm going to spend it.."
For an interesting comparison, let's look at this more closely beyond the fleur d'orange..

In 2004:
Candidate:             Bush      Kerry
Electoral vote:    286        251
States carried:    31         19 + DC
Popular vote:    62,040,610    59,028,444
Percentage:    50.7%    48.3%

In 2012 (assuming Florida):
Candidate       Obama    Romney
Electoral vote    332        206
States carried    26+DC         24
Popular vote:    59,693,706    57,069,517
Popular vote*:    50%       48%

(italics for results still in play)

Now of course there is a lot of chatter in the punditry about this being a "close" victory and "not a mandate"and such. They've made a big deal about how never before has a reelection been closer than the original election. Of course when you get elected by 271 EC votes with a loss of the popular vote, there is nowhere to go but up. This is just more slicing and dicing of the data to make a more palatable sh#t sandwich for the right.

But, as quoted above, the "great" GWB decrees this win political capital. Our favorite pundit Dick Cheney sees this kind of win as a "mandate".

So let's get shopping!


How would you like Obama to spend his "capital"?

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Comment Preferences

  •  Tip Jar (1+ / 0-)
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    "Never separate the life you live from the words you speak." - Paul Wellstone

    by isabel on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 07:37:47 AM PST

  •  I'd like to see a little spent on space policy (3+ / 0-)
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    Neon Mama, isabel, ERJH

    and do some more follow-through

  •  You forgot deficit reduction. (1+ / 0-)
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    Which was the first thing on Obama's agenda listing last night.

    Progressive Candidate Obama (now - Nov 6, 2012)
    Bipartisan Obama returns (Nov 7, 2012)

    by The Dead Man on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 08:00:19 AM PST

  •  Stimulus and jobs. (1+ / 0-)
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    Then the rest will fall in place.

    You can't scare me, I'm sticking to the Union - Woody Guthrie

    by sewaneepat on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 08:23:50 AM PST

  •  One thing we're missing (1+ / 0-)
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    everything I've heard here is most assuredly on his agendax, but the how is a different story. We're never going to be able to pass this stuff with a republican congress.

    I suggest Pres. Obama use his new massive capital to use the FBI to bar Cong. Repubs from entering the building until they agree, with no amendments, to a jobs and taxation bill. That means no arguments, no amendments. It's time for them to sit down and shut up.

  •  you forgot a couple (1+ / 0-)
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    Protecting the safety net.
    Getting people back to work.

    Those are the immediate needs and claiming a progressive mandate will help him resist the calls by "the serious people" (and his own instincts) to compromise with the Republicans and make harmful program cuts to resolve the fake Debt Crisis, and instead increase gov spending and tax the wealthy.

    Taking on these issues as a progressive will also be popular, which will help the Dems get a spine and keep Obama relevant in this lame duck term.

    Long term?

    Climate Change, which if done right will help everything else.
    Fixing the ACA to extend healthcare to everyone and control costs better.

    I wish I could trust Obama to use whatever mandate he can claim to improve public education, but he seems captivated by the corporate style reform "blame the teachers and unions" model, so unless he fires Arne, it will be best if he ignores education.

    "I don't cry over milk spilled under bridges. I go make lemonade" - Bucky Katt

    by quill on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 08:50:54 AM PST

  •  It's Jobs, Stupid... (2+ / 0-)
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    isabel, sewaneepat

    C'mon OP! How do you make a poll and leave out jobs?

    The political capital needs to be spent on Jobs, Deficit Reduction, and The Dream Act.

    The entire Democratic coalition gets stronger and the tent will grow wider if those are the successes of President Obama's second term.

    Next year the deficit is expected to fall below $1 trillion and go down even more the following year. If that's going in the right direction while liberals lock up a burgeoning Latino base of support with immigration reform, we'll be on our way to 30 years of progress instead of 30 years of regressive economic policies that got us into this mess.

    Throw a Jobs Bill on top of that and a whole lot of nation building here instead of overseas and we're talking a generational lock on a can-do and productive liberal brand name, thanks to the workmanlike Barack Obama.

    No reason why we can't do these three things andfind a small handful of Republicans who end up wanting to work with us this next year or so while the rest of that party goes bananas.

    •  You're right. It's important. (0+ / 0-)

      I was thinking more in terms of new agenda items that hadn't been started already.

      There are lots of items already on the agenda that I didn't add - like health care reform, which will likely still need tweaking. Jobs are ongoing, as are other issues.

      I probably shouldn't have put Afghanistan on there, as that muddies the new vs old agenda item category.

      Also, I deliberately put climate on there, b/c while there has been talk of green energy, I feel like Obama was very hesitant to say the phrase "climate change" until very recently.

      (I hope you are not calling me stupid, MJ. That was rhetorical, right?)

      "Never separate the life you live from the words you speak." - Paul Wellstone

      by isabel on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 09:08:07 AM PST

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