(8 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)
In 2004 this was the popular vote tally:
Bush 50.73% (62,040,610 votes)
Kerry 48.27% (59,028,444 votes)
On Nov. 3, Dick Cheney said this:
“President Bush ran forthrightly on a clear agenda for this nation’s future and the nation responded by giving him a mandate.” Source.
On Nov. 15, William Kristol wrote this:
“The hair-pullers and teeth-gnashers won’t like it, of course, but we’re nevertheless inclined to call this a Mandate.” Source.
Continued below the fold.
On Nov. 3, Time Columnist and Senior Editor Tony Karon wrote this:
“This time, of course, (Bush’s) claim of a popular mandate is incontrovertible. His party has strengthened its grip on both branches of the legislature, and freed of any first-term restraints that might be thrown up by reelection concerns, President George W. Bush is well positioned to even more vigorously pursue his agenda.” Source.
On Nov. 5, George W. Bush said this:
“I earned capital in the campaign, political capital. And now I intend to spend it. It is my style. That’s what happened after the 2000 election, I earned some capital. I’ve earned capital in this election. And I’m going to spend it for what I told the people I’d spend it on, which is, you’ve heard the agenda . . . . ” Source.
In the The Heritage Foundation’s Winter 2004 Quarterly Report Foundation President Edwin J. Feulner wroter:
“(Heritage Foundation supporters’) support is key to making the absolute most of the incredible mandate we conservatives won on Election Day. . . .” Source.
Media Matters chronicles several more of the crowings from the right, editorial boards, et mal about Bush’s 50.7::48.2 “mandate”.
Let’s keep Bush’s, Karon’s, Cheney’s, Feulner’s, Kristol’s . . . mandate assertions in mind come this next Wednesday morning.
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