I was chatting with a friend on google, who hung up on me when I noted that Al Gore was like Sarah Palin. Both of them express natural sentiments — that global warming is bad, that most of American social life happens outside the social worlds of New York, DC, and Los Angeles. Both were close to the Presidency — though Gore was much closer than Palin. Both have an emotional fan base.
And both, if they ever became President, would be constraint by party and governmental politics. They would not be as good as their fans hope, or as bad as their enemies fear.