Of all the Republican reasons for claiming a mandate from Tuesday’s election, probably the most absurd is that Bush won more votes than any Presidential candidate in history.

By the same measure, Bush was rejected by more voters than any other candidate in history except Kerry.

Update: Ouch. Randy in the comments notes that in 1992 George HW Bush was rejected by even more voters than George W. Bush or John Kerry– a total of 64.6 million, including 44.9 million for Bill Clinton and 19.7 million for Ross Perot.