Gore, like Palin

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.

5 thoughts on “Gore, like Palin”

  1. I don’t know about that. I’d say, centerius paribus, the person who is most able to affect change in any large bureaucracy is the person who best understands the decision making process within that bureaucracy. Therefore, Al Gore should be able to enact more of his policies than Sarah Palin.

    Palin’s sudden departure from her job as governor of Alaska makes it difficult to predict what she might do as president. I imagine the bureaucracy would be empowered by her lack of executive experience and she would wind up the ultimate candidate of the status quo.

  2. The “respectable” Right-wing leadership in America is anti-academia, places abortion very high on their list of importance, generally believe that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan contribute to our safety, and are very supportive to Israel.

    In ten years I wonder if these issues will even matter?

  3. What evidence is there that Palin wouldn’t be as bad as her enemies fear? She’s already been a disaster beyond her enemies wildest expectations.

    Brent said it well; Palin would equal “the ultimate candidate for the status quo.”

  4. Brent & Tim,

    You’re definitely right that Palin would have to rely on established figures to guide her to a much greater extent than Gore. In a real way, she would have no idea what was going on.

    Unfortunately, this is another side of saying a Palin administration would be to a greater extent a function of regulatory capture. As we have seen with Obama, another naif [1], this can be disasterous for the country [2].


    Ten years ago I would say all those were issues, except for Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Ten years now, I would imagine those are all issues, except for Iraq and Afghanistan.


    Glad you like the new motto 😉

    [1] http://www.tdaxp.com/archive/2008/07/16/barack-obama-the-candidate-of-the-establishment-on-the-surge-as-with-everything-else.html
    [2] http://www.tdaxp.com/archive/2009/10/15/our-suez-crisis.html

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