Posted: 01/02/17 13:04, Edited: 01/02/17 13:06
by Dave Mindeman
It is noteworthy that Republicans are publicly talking about how this election has given them a "mandate".
Jason Lewis is a little full of himself with this one....
"Trump shocked everybody. And again taking Democratic states. Keeping the Senate, keeping the House," (Lewis) said. "Now we've got a Republican president. That's a mandate. And so it means they've got to fulfill a mandate. They have to move on something and deliver. And that's as it should be."
Alright let's review....
1) Lewis won a previous Republican seat by only 6600 votes.
2) Trump won an electoral college victory - but he lost the popular vote by 2.8 million votes.
3) Republicans had a net loss of 2 seats in the Senate.
4) In the House, the GOP had a net loss of 6 seats.
How in the world is that a "mandate"?
Of course, with Republicans...if they say it, it must be true.
Yes, the GOP will try to take advantage of this surprising full control of Washington. It is what they do. But the clear pattern with the GOP is that they always, always overreach.
They think they have a "mandate" to toss out Obamacare. Yet, many of the Trump voters depend on the ACA for their health care. And, lo and behold, the GOP do not have a clue as to how to replace it. Years of complaints but never, never, never offering a viable alternative.
They think they have a "mandate" to sweep out all those pesky regulations. While apparently feigning amnesia at the near financial debacle that came from deregulating the financial industry.
This election wasn't about mandates - it was about the frustration felt by rust belt voters. They just threw up their hands and decided that anything new will do - and Trump certainly is new. He is new to government, new to foreign policy, new to actually getting something done, and new to being a popular figure amongst the lowly peasants.
C'mon Republicans. Don't insult our intelligence with "mandate" talk. You will just do what you normally do - and you will lose that "mandate" in a heartbeat.
Go ahead - make our day.