I'd say this is a clear mandate, but is this a landslide? Let's look at how the Republican pundits described what they would consider a "landslide" before the election:
- George Will predicts "321-217 Romney landslide"
- Glenn Beck, "landslide for Romney, electoral college 300+ R"
- Michael Barone predicts "Romney trounces Obama in electoral college 315-223"
- Larry Kudlow "predicting a 330 vote electoral landslide" (for Romney)
- And let's not even get started on Karl Rove...
When all the dust is settled, there will still be 40% of eligible voters (about 78 million) who chose not to participate last Tuesday. And, that figure includes about 13 million voters who participated in 2008, but couldn't be bothered with it again only four years later. More analysis will need to be done to determine how much of that drop-off in voting was due to voters displaced by Hurricane Sandy, and how much due to apathy, but I'm betting on apathy to beat Sandy in a landslide.
You know from my last post that I have some ideas for fighting voter apathy. I'll have some more to say about that later. But for now, here's an interesting info-graphic about who did (and didn't) vote this year (also shows how much more effective the Obama campaign was at using social media).