But that's not what we're hearing. The day after the election, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said the following:
"The voters have not endorsed the failures or excesses of the president's first term. Now it's time for the president to propose solutions that actually have a chance of passing the Republican-controlled House and deliver in a way that he did not in his first four years in office."
House Speaker, John Boehner (R-OH) said the following:
"We'll have as much of a mandate as he will."You have as much of a mandate as the guy who destroyed you at the polls? Really? Let's take a look at the facts for a moment. The last time Republicans tried to convince the country that they had a "mandate" we broke down the numbers to show that their alleged call for a mandate didn't add up. But even then, during the height of the House Republican era, there were 193 Democrats and 240 Republicans in the House. Now that we've had the 2012 election, starting in January 2013 there will be 195 Democrats (2 more than we have now) and 233 Republicans (7 fewer than we have now) in the House. In other words, Republicans actually lost seats in the House. Moreover, when we look at the total votes cast in the House election from coast to coast, there were 53,952,240 votes for Democratic House members compared to 53,402,643 votes for Republicans. Stated differently, over half a million more Americans (549,597 to be exact) chose Democrats over Republicans in the House.
So how is this a "mandate" for the Republicans exactly?