Count Chocula wrote:
Rogue9 got it in one. The electoral vote was way in O's favor, but the popular vote IIRC was 52% Obama/46% McCain. This election was not a mandate for implementing the Demos' legislative wish list, and woe unto them if they think it was. If they get drunk on power, they'll have one hell of a hangover in two years.
The worst-case scenario is that the Demos push through every tax increase, fee increase, individual rights dimunition, and government size increase they can, along with stacking the Supreme Court with "living document" Constitution interpreters. The best-case scenario: Obama turns out to have a spine and will veto the more hare-brained legislation that comes across his desk. Here's an early litmus test: if he lets Paulson keep his job, we're in trouble.
Sorry to tell you, but popular election numbers being as wide as that does indeed mean this is a crushing mandate
and he can expect to have an extended honeymoon period in which to push through the legislation he thinks is the most important. Normally the popular vote is much tighter than that, so number like we are seeing are truly extrordinary.
However, Obama never ran on any kind of 'far left' battleplan for the office, so it would be obtuse to expect one now, but I wouldn't consider that evidence of any remaining executive power of the mouthbreathing right. It doesn't take a spine to cave into gutless, brainless appeals for an un-reasoned centrism though--we need programs to help us regardless of their origin. If the republicans try to play partisan hardball with this administration, after an massive victory based on a unity campaign, they're going to be the ones needing the ass lube. We as a country overall have had enough of that bullshit.