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Somebody please loosen the wheels on the word “mandate’s” motorcycle so it falls into the shark tank mid-jump.

November 9, 2012

Good lord, I hate the word “mandate.” At least as it applies to post-election hyper-punditry. And only as it applies to post-election hyper-punditry. Don’t go accusing me of homophobia just because you misunderstood what I said.

You know what I mean: “President Obama may have won, but he doesn’t have a mandate!”

Right. Except there’s no such thing as a mandate. You either have the power, or you don’t. You have the authority, or you don’t. You have the votes, or you don’t. And you have the will to use them, or you don’t.

Do, or do not. There is no mandate.

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