President Obama’s mandate
Shortly after his reelection, President Obama told America that he had just received a mandate from voters to implement his policies. But, here is some information that you will never hear from the main stream media. In reality, the President’s mandate is about 330,000 votes.
Our Constitution specifies that our President is elected by the Electoral College, not a popular vote. Basically, each state has a set number of Electoral College votes based upon that state’s population. And, all votes from that state in the Electoral College go the the winner of the popular vote in that state. In the case of Florida, for example,
… its 29 electoral votes were finally declared for Mr. Obama this week, with a narrow popular vote lead of about 73,000 out of 8.47 million cast…[emphasis supplied]
President Obama won the 18 electoral votes in Ohio by 103,500 votes, the 13 electoral votes in Virginia by 115,900 votes, and the 4 electoral votes in New Hampshire by 40,700 votes.
So if Mitt Romney had won the popular vote in each of those states by even 1 vote, he would be the President-elect.
I do not mean to minimize President Obama’s victory by bringing you these facts, nor am I deamonizing the Electoral College.
But only to say that if Speaker of the House, John Boehner (R. Oh.) or Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R. Ky.), or any other Republican in Congress for that matter, succumb to the President’s “mandate” theory, Republicans should fire those who succumb at their earliest opportunity.
330,000 votes does not make a mandate.
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