Obama has a mandate — immigration reform
Hope did not win this election for Barack Obama. Demographics did. The president lost ground with the female vote, the youth vote, and the overall electorate; the Hispanic vote was the only group that actually moved in favor of reelection. This fact means the question about what kind of mandate Obama has for the next four years is too simplistic. The more significant question is what does he actually have a mandate to do. And demographics, n ot hope, provide the answer.