Just two days following the presidential election of 2004, George W. Bush famously stated “I earned capital in this campaign, political capital, and now I intend to spend it.”
The Republicans agreed with him. They stated that Mr. Bush had received a “mandate” and should now be free to govern in any way he wished.
Let’s compare, shall we?
In 2004, George W. Bush received 62,040,610 popular votes (50.73%). John Kerry received 59,028,439 popular votes (48.27%). In the Electoral College, Bush won 286 votes and Kerry won 251 votes.
In 2012, Barack Obama received 61,910,594 popular votes (50.6%). Mitt Romney received 58,654,765 popular votes (47.9%). In the Electoral College, President Obama won 332 votes and Governor Romney won 206 votes.
So, if George W. Bush had political capital and a mandate in 2004, what must Barack Obama have in 2012?
Time to break out the crown.