Four years ago, the Wall Street Journal editorial page called George W. Bush’s victory in the 2004 election a “decisive mandate.” Most of the conservative media made similar pronouncements.
Let’s compare the election results from 2004 and 2008:
The 2004 election was of course very close; Kerry needed only 118,458 additional votes in Ohio to tip the election in his favor.
In contrast to Bush’s slim victory, Barack Obama won in an electoral Electoral College landslide. If Bush’s 2004 victory was a mandate, Barack Obama’s decisive win Tuesday night is a much stronger mandate.