Apparently, one of the duties for deputy chiefs of staff in this administration is to cheerlead. Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference, the newest White House deputy chief of staff, Karl Rove, snickered, “The next time one of your smarty-pants liberal friends says to you, ‘Well, he didn’t have a mandate,’ you tell him of this delicious fact: This president got a higher percentage of the vote than any Democratic candidate for president since 1964.”
Do we really have to revisit the fact that President Bush had no mandate? If we are going back to that, then let’s also mention that President Bush enjoys the honor of being the president to have the largest number of citizens vote against him. And if we’re going to compare him to past presidents, Nixon is a prime choice; they are the “only chief executive[s] to begin [their] second term with a job rating under 60 percent.”
Fitting in well with this administration, Rove refuses to accept that you can’t will fiction into fact by mere insistence.