What Rhymes with Mandate? Shmandate!

What’s this hooey about Barack Obama winning a mandate to impose his economically destructive agenda on the American people? It’s understandable that the Democrats and their media lap dogs would try to propagate such hogwash, especially at a time when we are careening toward the so-called fiscal cliff — but must the more timid Republicans also sing that tune?
I’ve just finished reviewing this year’s state-by-state presidential election results — the final summation as far as I can tell — and I don’t come away with the feeling that Obama received new marching orders from the electorate.

If anything, the results of the election – in which much of Obama’s support from 2008 melted away — suggest that he has less of a mandate than he did when he started  his first term.

The people don’t seem to be urging him to go wild with his economically wrongheaded doctrines, but rather to cool it.

Let’s start with the fact that he received 5 million fewer votes this time than last. That hardly seems like a national vote of confidence, an affirmation that Obama has been doing something right, and that the people want more of the same. I dare say that if the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate draws 5 million fewer votes than Obama did this time, he or she will lose the election.
Republican candidate Mitt Romney, by contrast, got slightly more votes than John McCain did in the 2008 campaign against Obama, although their totals are so close that I would call them tied. So the election  wasn’t a case of a plague on both your houses. GOP voters stood by their party’s candidate, many Democrats did not.

In only six states did Obama win a greater percentage of the major-party  vote this year than he did four years ago. Those states are Alabama, Alaska, Louisiana, Mississippi, Maryland and New Jersey.

In the first four, all of them solid and reliable Republican states,  one can assume that many GOP voters considered it a waste of time, and of $4-a-gallon Obamagas, to venture to the polls. That their electoral votes would go to Romney was foreordained. In rabidly Democratic Maryland as well, it may be that GOP voters opted for frugality over futility.

As for New Jersey, that appears to have been an anomaly. New Jersey was probably going to go for Obama in any event, but he iced it when he spent a high-visibility half-hour in the state after Hurricane Sandy, and bestowed a French kiss, or whatever it was, upon turncoat Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R? I don’t think so).

In only five states and the District of Columbia did Obama draw more votes than he did in 2008. The five states were Colorado, Louisiana, Maryland, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Colorado and North Carolina can be explained primarily by the heavy campaigning in battleground states.  The other Obama vote gains may reflect his campaign team’s  surprisingly effective effort to bring out the black vote in heavily black states, to help ensure that the first president of that color didn’t get humiliated the second time around.

I hate to be a wet blanket,  but I also must point out that in each of the places where Obama won more votes than in 2008, Romney won more votes than McCain. It was scarcely a tour de force for Obama. Both candidates benefitted from larger turnouts.
In only 16 states and the District of Columbia did voter turnouts increase from 2008. Battleground states were prominent in that group. Obama and Romney paid so many visits to the battleground states – and so few to anyplace else – that the residents of those states must have felt that it would be terrible manners to stay home all that Tuesday watching “The View”or “Dr. Oz.”

The battleground states with increased turnouts included Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, Virginia and Wisconsin.  Given the outcomes in those states, one might dispute whether  they all really belonged in the battleground category. But during the campaign it seemed that they did, and the mercilessly frequent visits from the candidates obviously got many voters off their duffs.

Author Bio:

Arthur Louis spent more than forty years as a print journalist, with the Philadelphia Inquirer, McGraw-Hill, Fortune magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle, but he is not asking for sympathy. He is the author of two non-fiction books: The Tycoons, and Journalism and Other Atrocities, as well as a novel, The Little Champ. In retirement, he has decided unilaterally that he is a profound political pundit.
Author website: http://bernardgoldberg.com
  • Mr_Kurayakyn

    PRAVDA IS RIGHT, AMERICANS ARE UNEDUCATED ILLITERATE VICTIMS OF AMERICAN UNEDUCATION SYSTEM!
    Mandate for candidate Obama’s fictional personna based on lies and deceit told to gullible Americans. The real Obama is divisive big spender who is riding American train into biggest economic crash in world history. Primrose path is coming to end in big ditch on side of road.
    *Real patriotic party, Tea Party, must organize in park across from Whitehouse in Solidarity of seven hundred thousand Workers who will lose job if bosses who make $250 Thousand or more get tax increase and the 1Million 800 Thousand who will lose job if we go over fiscal cliff
    *John Boehner and Tea Party US House meet in park across from Whitehouse in solidarity with unemployed US Workers and workers who become unemployed by coming tax increase. US House and Tea Party protesters camping in park in solidarity with spending cuts to save American prosperity stay in park until president agrees to drastically reduce spending, balance budget, cut tax, eliminate most of business killing regulation.
    *Bring backpack with change of clothes and change of drawers!

  • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

    look, pal, dn’t give us the garbage….the GOp-House, with their sickening refusal to touch anything Obama is more at fault for the eco. crisis…he has sent good jobs and infrastructure bills to no avail….at least the Senate approved 12 of the House’s (supposed) “jobs bills”. Red states were encouraged to send back stimulus $$$$. pal, I don’t mind propaganda, but yours is ridiculously biased.

    • artlouis

      Wasn’t it Harry Reid who warned that if Romney were elected, the Senate would not cooperate with him?

      • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

        Say what? Did not know Harry Reid has not cooperated with the House. Of the 32 supposed “jobs bills” from the House they DID pass 12 of them. You are unintentionally clouding the issue. It’s a stone fact that the GOP of recent vintage has given us 136 filibusters, 125 clotures, a rejection of good jobs-infrastructure bills, a mission statement of make Obama a one-termer [the bluecollar workforce be d*mmed].

  • trailbee

    Thanks for getting to the bottom line right from the start. I have my own, very unorthodox feelings about this election, and am stuck with them. But, I knew in August Romney would not be moving to the WH.

    I realize we are “cliff dwelling” right now, and I wonder whether the taxes in the new healthcare bill are viewed separately from those Middle-Class taxes being used as a football. I have yet to hear or see any mention of them. Do you have an opinion? Thanks.

    • artlouis

      Only the right wing talk show hosts have mentioned the Obamacare tax
      hikes. The mainstream media wouldn’t dream of it. However, once the
      taxes kick in people will notice whether the media does or not. I think
      many of Obama’s voters are in for a disappointment.

      • trailbee

        Thank you. This means we are definitely being taxed, and building a private army. Gun control Treaty anyone? NEVER!!!!!

  • Switchlight13

    Notice no cuts to Medicade which rewards Big Mama with free health care for her 5 out of wedlock spawn (future inmates) from 5 different men. No cuts to WIC, food stamps, housing subsidies, free school breakfast/lunch, SSI crazy checks, free I Phones, and all the other welfare programs. The word “FREE” is a magnet for the parasites of society. How’s that Black socialist leadership workin’ out for us?

    • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

      Your comment is racially charged & will be reported. “Big mama”? :) >>>> You want to privatize Medicare & Medicaid? Got news for U – WElfare Reform, the vision of Reagan, implemented by Clinton- Gingrich, DOES NOT PAY FPOR ANY CHILDREN delivered after someone becomes a Welfare recipient. Food stamps and unemployment and welfare rolls went up since 2010 because that’s the way the House planned it, with their War on the Bluecollar Workforce. “Black Socialist” leader? I guess Bush II was a “White half-Socialist”, as he left 11 + trillion $$$$ debt and TARP and Solyndra for Obama to continue. By the way, know any Socialists who extend Tax Cut programs for the rich, as Obama did?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Roscoe-Bonnifitucci/100000459519027 Roscoe Bonnifitucci

    Obama-Claus the Fraud in the White House did NOT win a Mandate. He and his Union Lackeys, ACORN and Racist Buddies barely stole the Election. He is a Marxist driven to fulfill the destruction and dismemberment of America. The Progressive Media headquartered in LA and NYC are driven to help him. They take their orders from such Enemies of America as George Soros and Socialist everywhere.

    American Patriots need to Resist the Occupation of our dear America by the Socialist Pigs who have nominally won. Perhaps enough of the White Guilt Mongers, Black Racists, Clueless and BONG Addicted Obama-Claus supporters will become disenchanted with the Fraud, Phony and Fake called Obama. After all, he is a Narcissistic Simpleton who is being controlled and run by a certain non-American called Valerie Jarrett.

    May God Save America from these Haters. May He deliver us from this Evil. Amen.

    • artlouis

      Now our hope is that the people who voted for him will catch on to the harm they did, and will switch parties next time. It should all come clear during the next four years.

    • Switchlight13

      Well said. Nice to know their are some Americans left in America to fight the enemy within.

    • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

      Aw, isn’t that cute? 332 electoral votes. winning Ryan and Romney states. And succeeding despite the voter purges of his base. I say that’s darn cute!

    • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

      fake, phony, fraud…a Bob Grant fan!!!! Yes, the fraudwho implemented W.’s TARP and got us out of Iraq ahead of schedule; who told the healthcare insurers they can no longer deny coverage to a cancer patient who is able to pay; rescues the auto industry and thereby the midwest; reformed student loan and credit card policies; got BL after W. gave up in ’06. Real fake. Gives us decent job creation despite the GO_-House plan never to accept his jobs-infrastructure bills – and the Red state governors sending back stimulus $$$$$. But….HAIL JOHN BIRCH!!!!! :)

  • Wally

    I don’t recall Obama campaigning for higher taxes…all i heard them say was that Mitt Romney was wrong for the country. I suppose having a plan is wrong.

    • artlouis

      He did often express his Robin Hood theme — tax the rich and give to the poor.

      • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

        “express”? to who? he NEVER said take from the rich…in fact, his stimulus wound up to be taking from the MIDDLE!!!!!! he says let’s go back to 39.6% and you guys have a freaking fit!

        • artlouis

          I must have a hearing problem, Phil. Throughout the campaign I kept hearing: “…pay their fair share, pay their fair share, awk, squawk.”

          • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

            how does pay fair share equate to stealing?

          • artlouis

            Who used the word “stealing,” Phil? You have an unfortunate tendency to shoot from the lip.

  • Wally

    Phil you need to check your facts a little better than listening to the lies Obama was touting during the debates. Obama is not drilling more, the private lands are drilling more and Obama has closed off more Federal lands since he won re-election. Don’t let the truth get in the way of a good story.

    • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

      NAME ONE FREAKING LIE…NAME ONE. You got the “truth”? Really? then write a book and go on Fox 11 times.

      • Switchlight13

        1. Benghazi attach was spontaneous over a You Tube video.

        2: “I support the 2nd Amendment” said Obama who favored Chicago & Wash DC handgun ban.

        Well thats two in a long litany of bold face lies.

        • Bob Hadley

          Phil was asking Wally to name one lie that President Obama told during the debates.
          President Obama did not say during the debates (or at any other time that I’m aware of) that the the Benghazi attack was prompted by the video. In fact, quite the contrary.
          I don’t remember President Obama saying that he supported the 2nd Amendment during the debates. Even if he did say that, it wasn’t a lie. The Wash DC handgun law was not unconstitutional until the U. S. Supreme Court ruled it so. Until then, it was an open question. Honest and reasonable people could disagree. In fact, the Court’s dissenting opinion nicely illustrates this.
          It seems that you’re so zealous to smear President Obama that YOU are the one who makes things up. Maybe you’ve become what you hate.

          • nameless

            Oh look everyone, it’s Bob Hadley the DemocRAT in an independent’s clothing. No one’s falling for your facade. You’re an Obama dick-sucker and you know it.

          • Bob Hadley

            I’m proud of you for learing how to read and write! It must have been hard for you, considering your bleeding knuckles and the echo upstairs. Now you neeed to learn how to be civil.

            You can always tell when you’re inning an argument with right-wing kooks They get emotional.

            BTW, it’s too bad no one taught you self-respect.

        • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

          The info. at that point was reported. How is reporting what was known a “lie”? Same as with W. – did he “lie” or just report that WMDs were rampant in Iraq? Re. 2nd amendment – name one Federal law on restricting guns that Obama tried to pass. He can “favor” a local law without trying to make it national. Okay?? :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

    explain “Obamagas”, pal. Esp. in light of the fact that Obama drilled even more than Bush II. Keep up your John Birch Fishing expeditions.

    • artlouis

      I don’t know whether facts will have any impact on you, but Obama didn’t drill. He was against it. He shut it down. The drilling during his administration got done on private land, by private interests. Gasoline prices doubled during his first term. Anyone for $8 gas?

      Oh, and did I mention the Keystone Pipeline? I don’t think anyone wearing your head on his shoulders can be reasoned with hypothetically, so let’s just see what a second Obama term does to the nation.

      • John Daly

        You’ve got to love how Obama supporters give credit to the prez for the things he opposed, yet couldn’t stop because they fell outside of his power. Can’t wait for Obama’s upcoming Super bowl victory.

        • artlouis

          I think he favors the Chicago team, but he can’t remember what they call it.

          • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

            hehehe…

      • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

        gas prices doubled under W., too; Presidents have next to no control over those prices. Yes, Obama drilled even more than W. on-land. KEYSTONE! all of a sudden the House wanted construction workers to return to work. Would have meant about 6,000 American jobs and a product for China only.

    • artlouis

      Obama didn’t drill. He did everything he could to prevent it. Shutting it down in the Gulf, deep-sixing the Keystone Pipeline. What drilling there was got done without his blessing, on private land and by private interests.

      And didn’t you notice that the price of gas doubled during his term?

      Your bible seems to be the DNC playbook, but now that your guy has his second term, let’s just see what becomes of the U.S.A. It might disturb even you.

      • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

        wrong..he drilled as much as W. But he had to get some companies to get out of bed to go back to drilling. yes, offshore production went down. I wonder why.

        • artlouis

          One reason is that Obama shut down the Gulf.

          • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

            gee, I wonder why?

          • artlouis

            Because he is anti-drilling and could use BP as an excuse. Hope that helps explain it.

      • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

        Keystone? would have employed about 6,000 Americans and served mostly China. understand?? :)

        • artlouis

          Keystone,under any circumstances, would have been better than No Keystone.

          • Patrick

            Exactly and we wouldn’t be depending on the Middle East for our oil right now! And liberals are the ones always complaining about our dependence on foreign oil.

    • artlouis

      You’ll have to pardon my writing two similar posts. I posted one, and it didn’t show up, so I posted again, trying new wording this time. Then they both appeared. This makes three.

      • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

        no prob’, my man.