Obama Victory Comes With No Mandate
Barack Obama won a second term but no mandate. Thanks in part to his own small-bore and brutish campaign, victory guarantees the president nothing more than the headache of building consensus in a gridlocked capital on behalf of a polarized public.
If the president begins his second term under any delusion that voters rubber-stamped his agenda on Tuesday night, he is doomed to fail.
Mandates are rarely won on election night. They are earned after Inauguration Day by leaders who spend their political capital wisely, taking advantage of events without overreaching. Obama is capable—as evidenced by his first-term success with health care reform. But mandate-building requires humility, a trait not easily associated with him.
“The mandate is a myth,” said John Altman, associate professor of political science at York College of Pennsylvania. “But even if there was such a thing as a mandate, this clearly isn’t an election that would produce one.”
En passant, voici la prédiction que j’ai fait dans la nuit de lundi à mardi…
Prévision: Obama 332, Romney 206. Tout sera joué à 11hPM.4 années de socialisme, USA à genoux. Consolation: bon gain réalisé sur intrade.
— Antagoniste.net (@Antagoniste_net) November 6, 2012
La note de 100% pour moi.