Let’s Talk Mandate

(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)

Source — see pg 11.

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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    • Mu on November 1, 2008 at 1:46 pm


    . . . this should be kept in mind.  Come Wednesday morning, feel free to use the quotes and links above as you see fit, when emailing Republican friends and family.

    Mu . . .

    • pfiore8 on November 1, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    and ha!

    • Mu on November 1, 2008 at 3:39 pm


    There’s only one thing to do:  give you this.  I haven’t had an orthodox career, you know.



  1. a mandate Mu. Can’t get over how at this late date the die hard’s including the pundirts who sold these lies act like the reality of the wing nuts is both normal, and still after all that has been revealed refuse to call it for what it is.  

    • Mu on November 3, 2008 at 2:58 pm


    Just thought I’d check-in and, hmmm, this got front paged.  I guess I put it up a little early (as in a couple of days ago).

    Anyway, if it goes well, then, by damn, I expect a CHORUS of bloggers DEMANDING that the pundits declare a “Mandate” for Obama and the Democratic platform.  Right?

    By the way, Cheers, ek.

    Mu . . .

    • Mu on November 3, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    Scarborough just said a “Mandate” would be Obama winning 350+ EVs with a Supermajority (60) in the Senate and equally huge House Majority.  Certainly, that would be a mandate, but the Screeching Right called the ’04 election a “mandate” for Bush and his numbers were not so pretty or decisive.  Not even close.

    Yep, the bar is RAISED for the “mandate meme” from the Stupid Right.



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