There Was No "Mandate" For Anyone As A Result of Election 2012!
Even 76% of the votes cast is not "a mandate"!
Until more of the eligible voters in America actually vote, it is not logical for any politician or party to claim "a mandate"!
Being charitable and giving a higher estimated total as 58% of eligible voters actually voting in Election 2012, here is why neither party, nor President Obama, has any claim to “a mandate” coming out of the last election:
42%+ of America’s eligible voters did not vote to give anyone their approval,
President Obama received 50% of the votes cast for the office of president. As only 58% of voters voted, he received the votes of only 29% of America’s eligible voters….hardly “a mandate.”
Obama’s votes were fewer than he received in 2008, and Democrats suffered significant losses in 2010 which they did not recover fully in 2012, maintaining their majority only in the U. S. Senate.
Republicans admit that they lost significantly on November 6, 2012, figures that made it clear that they did not receive a mandate, even by virtue of their continuing majority in the House of Representatives.
The Tea Party supported candidates including many who lost in the 2012 elections, and the Tea Party as a whole still lacks the numbers to give them even a robust role to play within the Republican Party which seems more hospitable to their basic expressed values.
Libertarians, and other minority parties in America have never claimed a popular mandate.
In my own Utah congressional district, Representative Jason Chaffetz won reelection with 76% of the votes cast, but voting in all of Utah was lower than it was in 2008, and even Representative Chaffetz did not receive much more than a simple majority of the votes of the voters who could have voted for him in 2012.
So what? If some politician claims there is a mandate for anything, reply that you rather doubt it!
Copyright 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.
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