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Obama: no mandate?


That's the conclusion of Bob Novak,a/k/a the Prince of Darkness, who writes:

[Obama] may have opened the door to enactment of the long-deferred liberal agenda, but he neither received a broad mandate from the public nor the needed large congressional majorities.

To bolster his statement about Congress, Novak cites the Democrats' failure to capture a filibuster-proof, sixty-seat Senate majority, and their inability to oust Republican Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. And to support his claim about Obama's nonexistent mandate, Novak cites...nothing at all.

This half-assed approach has elicited some pointed commentary on the Chicago Sun-Times Web site, including the following:

SHIELDS: Bob Novak, is 51 percent of the vote really a mandate?

BOB NOVAK, CAPITAL GANG: Of course it is. It's a 3.5 million vote margin. But the people who are saying that it isn't a mandate are the same people who were predicting that John Kerry would win. (CNN, November 6, 2004)

And yes, he really did say it.

It's understandable that Novak might not be at the top of his game these days. Still, this is embarrassing stuff.
  • Chris Faraone said:

    Let's hope that tumor gets him soon.

    November 5, 2008 2:32 PM
  • Mike said:


    That's not appropriate.

    I wish Mr. Novak as speedy and as complete a recovery as possible. I also wish him to stop writing and I hope he lives many, many years without ever getting behind the wheels of a car again. (I also wish a long life on the pedestrian Mr. Novak tried to leave behind on a Washington D.C. street).

    But wow, it is just amazing for Mr. Novak to claim that this is not a mandate.

    Of course it could have been bigger, all mandates short of unanimity can be bigger. Many predicted a bigger mandate than the one that occurred, that's a fair point for Mr. Novak to make. But to say that Bush had a mandate in 2004 and Obama has none whatsoever in 2008 is just disconnected to any reality I'm aware of.

    November 5, 2008 10:04 PM
  • loug said:

    **Let's hope that tumor gets him soon.**

    Boy, we have a high caliber of visitors to the Phoenix web site don't we?

    November 6, 2008 11:45 AM
  • Lou G said:

    **Let's hope that tumor gets him soon.**

    Well, it appears we have a very high caliber of visitor at the Phoenix website.....

    November 6, 2008 11:46 AM

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