Politico’s Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen thinks it’s impossible to have a mandate without white men:
If President Barack Obama wins, he will be the popular choice of Hispanics, African-Americans, single women and highly educated urban whites. That’s what the polling has consistently shown in the final days of the campaign. It looks more likely than not that he will lose independents, and it’s possible he will get a lower percentage of white voters than George W. Bush got of Hispanic voters in 2000.
A broad mandate this is not.
I love how the goalposts are constantly moving. The president is close to victory, but nope — no mandate because of white men. So fail. Or, if he manages to win by a significant margin, still no mandate. Wow, the president really sucks. He just can’t close the deal, can he? No — not without white men.