Richard A. Viguerie | Neither Obama or the GOPe has a mandate

In the aftermath of his 332 Electoral College landslide, left-leaning pundits and media talking heads have been touting President Obama’s “mandate” to the point that Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell took to the Senate floor to argue that, “In politics, there is always a temptation among those who win office to think they have a mandate to do what they will” and that, “the fact is, the government is organized no differently today than it was after the Republican wave of 2010.”

We agree with McConnell that Obama has no mandate based on his narrow win in the swing states, but neither do the establishment Republicans represented by Senator McConnell.

The “mandate” came two years ago in the 2010 Tea Party wave election and it was a rejection of both Obama and McConnell.

In the aftermath of the 2012 campaign to defeat Obama — that uneasily united conservatives and establishment Republicans — it is easy to forget that the Tea Party movement arose and was motivated by the failures of the Republican establishment and big government Republicanism as much as it was by the excesses of Obama and the Democrats.


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