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Why it’s Romney and Not Very Close

Bruce2397 Wrote: Nov 06, 2012 7:24 AM
If Romney wins by 50.1 % in the popular vote, will he have a mandate? If Obama wins by 50.1 % in the popular vote, will he have a mandate?
Fred_PA_2000 Wrote: Nov 06, 2012 11:46 AM
Richard1805's statement seemed to me a general (and factual) observation: We still have (at least for the moment, and perhaps in taters) a democratic republic, not a monarchy or rule by an emperor. And under that system, we the people, through our representatives in congress assembled, rule. It is our representatives who may have a mandate (or may not, depending on what you think that takes). The executive is our employee, hired to carry out the laws we / our representatives have constructed.
Bruce2397 Wrote: Nov 06, 2012 10:05 AM
To both? Or just to the guy you don't like?
Richard1805 Wrote: Nov 06, 2012 9:32 AM
Nitwit, the President is the chief executive, not the Emperor, as Obama treats the office. The President never has a mandate. That's why we have a representative democracy. The President may propose, but Congress enacts. The President is then obligated, if he follows Constitutional requirements and precedent, to carry out those laws. The Obama exploration of the profligate use of executive orders and "czars" is a slippery slope.
Everett39 Wrote: Nov 06, 2012 9:23 AM
Your hero zero will NOT be re-elected ! ! And yes, President Romney does indeed have a mandate, and he and Ryan and the new Senate will be acting in the best interests of the American people, instead of the hopeless, inept, incompetent, and corrupt regime we have had for 4 long years ! !

If you were expecting a cliff hanger, you still could get one, but really it’s Romney and it likely won’t be close.

There are a few reasons why I think that.

We will delve into those, but we will also look at the voting datapoints provided by pollster Chris Wilson that say an Obama win just isn’t in the cards.

First, let’s list my “feelings” as to why I don’t think Obama will win.

Obama hasn’t delivered.

On anything.

Except perhaps bankrupting anyone who wants to operate coal-fired power plants.

Oh, and keeping gas prices high.

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