While nothing that the This Week panel of George Will, Cokie Roberts and Sam Donaldson say is wrong per se in regards to the US electorate being deeply divided, their framing is very telling. They claim that the big mandates that saw huge electoral changes aren't there...Roberts even goes so far as to say that the voters are trending only slightly more Democratic:
The chances of ‘landslide/big mandate' in 2008 is zero and zero. I think that we still have a nation that is closely divided, it's slightly more Democratic than it was before George Bush was President, but not a lot. And I think that possibility is not there...
Um, hello? See that forest, Cokie? It's made of trees. The truth is, the media blusters about a divided electorate prior to every election, but this year, voters are identifying themselves as Democratic over Republican 50% to 35%--hardly a slight increase.
Setting that aside, there absolutely IS a landslide/mandate--getting out of Iraq. The problem for us voters is that the pundit class keeps ignoring the candidates that talk about getting us out.