Political capital

 Posted by at 09:25  Election 2012, Politics
Nov 112012

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.



  One Response to “Political capital”

  1. Based on his approval rating numbers and the seeming shift in Congressional Republicans’ attitudes, it seems like getting re-elected did give Obama more political capital. But unlike Bush, he’s not tacky enough to say it, at least not like that.

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