I wrote a few weeks ago about the absurdity and inconsistency of all arguments about who does and doesn’t have a “mandate” after an election. It’s all a bunch of rhetorical nonsense that is easily manipulated to make the guy you support able to claim a “mandate” while denying it to those you don’t support. But here’s a particularly strained attempt to make such an argument:
An Open Letter to U.S. House and Senate Republicans
Dear Republican U.S. Representatives and Senators:
You are entering into a period of testing.
In the House, the nation elected in 2012 one of the largest Republican majorities in the past 100 years. You have a mandate to fight for conservative principles that is arguably much broader than the one that narrowly reelected President Barack Obama claims to have for his leftist agenda.
Um. Why? The Republican majority got smaller, not bigger. And Democratic House candidates collectively got about a million more votes than Republican candidates, and from the same people who also reelected Obama and increased the Democratic margin in the Senate. All claims of mandates are silly, but this one is downright idiotic.