He absolutely has a mandate. Bush in 2004 won 286 EV's and everyone bowed down to the mandate he claimed he had. Obama is going to win the popular vote by over 3 million and the EV by over 100. And Dems picked up seats in both Houses. The country is SCREAMING for Obama to be more Progressive. Unfortunately, since Obama is fundamentally a Center-Right corporatist, he will squander his mandate and capitulate to Boehner anyway. Because he doesn't really want to be a Democrat on policy. He wants to continue Bush's policies. It is obvious, and yet the entire media and most voters are stuck in 1964 and believe that the Dem leadership is still Leftwing and that the country is still some semblance of "Center Right".