((B)) The utterly grossly misnamed two party system gives the illusion that the President finally chosen is actually who the majority of the population wants. The reader is refered to the Gil Scott Heron rap that starts "first of all, I'd like to say, mandate my ass." The President is the choice of a plurality, and a small plurality. Elections work better if you accept this, and maybe Presidents will work better if they don't think a margin like Bush's 16% of possible voters, if you accept their cooked numbers, constitutes a big mandate.