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Just how great is Obama's mandate? Obama could have lost Florida, Ohio, and Virginia, and he still would have won the electoral college.
Obama has over six-million votes in California. That's more than the combined Romney votes in; N.D., S.D., Neb., Kan., Mont., Idaho, Wyo., Utah, and Arizona.
This is probably the last time the Republicans will will Arizona in a presidential election, so it might be better to switch Arizona out with Oklahoma.
Soon breakfast places will be telling customers, "What kind of toast would you like with your eggs; whole wheat, rye, or Republican.

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  •  Obama Beat Him Every Which Way.... (4+ / 0-)
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    FiredUpInCA, JeffW, David PA, ZenTrainer

    333 electoral votes to 206 for Romney.  62,085,892 MILLION popular votes to Romney's 58,777,012 MILLION.

    Ironically Romney got 47.9% popular votes to the President's 50.6%.  Karma, Karma, Karma.....Mr. 47%.  

  •  'twas an electoral landslide (1+ / 0-)
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    librarianman

    which is the only thing that really counts, I suppose.  There isn't really a magic number for the popular vote to become a landslide.  But for the term to have much meaning, it should probably be reserved for a number greater than three percent.  60/40 is a landslide.  50/47 --- well, a win is a win.

    Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out.

    by winsock on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 09:14:37 PM PST

  •  Decisive, clear win . . . (2+ / 0-)
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    VClib, Byblis

    A near landslide in the electoral college.  But I still wouldn't consider this a landslide by historical standards.  

    Consider that in 1984 Reagan won almost 60 percent of the vote and over 500 electoral votes.  That is a landslide.

    I also wouldn't be surprised to see a very close mid-term election in 2014.  Thanks to GOP gerrymandering, we will need something on the order of 55 percent of the vote across the nation in order to retake the House.  

    Even that kind of margin might be overcome.  The GOP's base is still probably more likely to turnout in a mid-term, as was the case in 2012, although there will be fewer voters to pull from.  On the other hand, in order to expand its appeal the GOP is going to have to risk alienating the base, and with the control of one House of Congress the GOP won't be able to avoid making a choice.  If it sticks with the base and doesn't deal in good faith, it will alienate moderates, and further damage its long-term prospects.  

    2016 though could be the first election where the Dems demographic advantages really start to manifest themselves.

    Also, this isn't a criticism of Obama.  2008 probably should have been much closer to a full scale landslide, but the race issue, almost certainly cost Obama more votes than it gained him -- probably about 2-4 percentage points in the popular vote as well.  In 2012 it was probably a wash.  A lot of credit goes to Obama as well in helping to forge what is looking like a new Democratic base and governing coalition.  He and his team as well as many, many ordinary folks have done a lot of hard work to make this happen.

  •  It's a landslide by GOP standards... (2+ / 0-)
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    NotGeorgeWill, jplanner

    ...judging by their predictions for the expected Romney win.  Larry Kudlow, George Will, Dick Morris and others all considered a total of at least 320 votes to be a landslide.

    http://www.theblaze.com/...

    Btw, you have to love the irony of the first article's first comment:

    "I still wonder what happens if the boy king does not conceed? I know he has 1,000′s of attorneys ready to contest all election results from coast to coast. This is going to be ugly. Hopefully Alan West has a special ops team ready to go claim our White House back!"

    •  Do you know... (1+ / 0-)
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      chmood

      ...that they were ready to call 320+ for Mitt a mandate?!  Obama has done it TWICE!  How easily they stutter and hesitate!  HAH!

      Allen West?  Special ops team?  Claim "our" White House back?  Go right on ahead!  I will have my Samuel Adams and Orville Redenbacher ready as I watch Secret Service and military personnel haul him in chains before a federal or military magistrate to answer to charges of high treason.

      Come to think of it, now that he has lost his House seat (most likely, never to get it back), what are the chances that he may have to be dragged kicking and screaming from the chamber the first Monday in January?

  •  Not quite an electoral landslide... (0+ / 0-)

    ...but pretty damn close.  Two-thirds of all the electoral votes (359) would be considered an electoral landslide.  332 is what you would call a comfortable margin because he won by more than a 100-EV margin (126).  Anything 319 or better is a convincing win.

  •  it's already been said but bears repeating (0+ / 0-)

    it is a majority made of other, not the historical supremacy group, therefore no mandate.  technically Mittney received the supreme majority thus the true mandate.  if you only knew the constitutional math and our founding heritage, you might understand the core principle.

  •  It's only a landslide if he's white (1+ / 0-)
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