“They’ve given us a mandate for action”
Democrats are beyond shameless. Before the results are even in Nancy Pelosi was screeching at the warring factions of her own caucus that “we have a mandate!”, and on Friday, Joe Biden declared that he has a mandate to “act” on a leftist agenda he largely hid from American voters.
Remember, Biden didn’t run on a leftist agenda, and when he did mention it—his promise to eliminate fossil fuels, his team scrambled to walk it back. He flat out denied that he supports the Green New Deal, despite it featuring prominently on his campaign website as “build back better.” So we can safely knock those two issues off his imaginary mandate.
Watch (and try not to laugh—or scream—at the first part when he claims, without evidence, that “the tallies aren’t just numbers, they represent votes and voters”):
Biden says the votes he has received have given him a mandate to fight climate change and systemic racism. Wait what?pic.twitter.com/16RhB7uER4
— Barrett Wilson (@BarrettWilson6) November 7, 2020
If you are interested, you can watch the whole thing here.
The results may not be finalized, but 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is preparing to govern.
“We don’t have a declaration of victory yet,” the former vice president said Friday in Wilmington, Delaware. “But the numbers tell us a clear and convincing story: We’re going to win this race.”
Biden cited his 4 million-plus popular vote advantage on President Trump and his leads on the incumbent in Arizona and Georgia, the first time a Democrat has performed well in those states in more than two decades. Biden, a 36-year Delaware senator, also talked up how he had “rebuilt the blue wall in the middle of the country that crumbled just four years ago,” referring to wins in Michigan and Wisconsin, and his vote lead in the ongoing Pennsylvania count.
“They’ve given us a mandate for action,” Biden said. “People spoke.”
Biden added his top priorities were responding to the coronavirus pandemic, the economy, climate change, and systemic racism.
“I want people to know that we’re not waiting to get the work done,” he said.
While Pelosi was out Friday again touting Biden’s and the Democrats’ imaginary mandate, Republicans are pushing back.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Friday that a disappointing cycle for House Democrats should do nothing to hinder the party’s ambitious legislative agenda, pointing to voters’ historic support for Joe Biden — who appears on the cusp of the winning the White House — in claiming that Democrats will have greater leverage next year.
“President-elect Biden has a strong mandate to lead, and he’ll have a strong Democratic House with him,” Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol, predicting a Biden victory.
. . . . But she also rejected the notion that the election results would force Democrats to accept a smaller package, leaning again on Biden’s vote tally, which is approaching 74 million.
That is more votes than any candidate ever won in a presidential election, though the former vice president seems likely at best to equal Trump’s 2016 haul in the Electoral College.
“That isn’t anything that we should even be looking at,” Pelosi said of a slimmer bill. “I think Joe Biden has a big mandate — a bigger mandate than John F. Kennedy.”
. . . . Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the majority leader, suggested Friday that October’s employment numbers mean that Congress should enact a smaller coronavirus relief package than the Trump administration had previously backed. And Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) said the election results indicate Pelosi will have to “give some ground” in those talks.
“Sure she does,” Blunt said, when asked if Pelosi will have to drop some of her demands in the emergency relief package. “And the vast majority of her members also think she has to give some ground here. The liberal agenda was rejected by voters.
“There was no mandate in this election.”
Blunt is correct, there is no Democrat mandate in this election. The long-predicted “blue wave” did not manifest; instead, Republicans, ‘buoyed’ by President Trump, gained House seats and have, so far, kept the Senate. Republicans made impressive gains at the state level, as well, so Democrats will have no more influence over redistricting in 2021 than they had before the election.
The Wall Street Journal has more on “Joe Biden’s non-mandate”:
There was no blue wave, and certainly no mandate for progressive change. If anything, the fevered Democratic and media anticipation of a “transformational” election drove more voters to turn out to stop it. When Mr. Trump finally focused on the economy and progressive agenda in the last weeks of the campaign, his support rose and lifted Republicans in some places as well.
Meanwhile, Mr. Biden’s campaign platform boiled down to he’s not Donald Trump, he’ll do a better job fighting Covid-19, and he won’t take away your health care. His TV ads were largely biographical, contrasting his character to Mr. Trump’s.
Mr. Biden barely mentioned the agenda his aides developed with Bernie Sanders, and the press barely asked him about it. When the former Vice President did finally admit in the last debate that he wanted to “transition” the economy from fossil fuels, his campaign had him scramble to explain it away.
Mr. Biden does have a mandate to defeat Covid-19, rolling out the vaccines already in the pipeline and setting an example by wearing his mask. He has a mandate not to tweet, not to call the press “the enemy of the people,” and not to make himself the center of attention all the time. He also has a mandate to work across the aisle with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
. . . . Instead, in their considerable wisdom, the voters may have elected Mr. Biden but they left his party and its radical ideas behind.
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