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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Feingold vs. Gore: Big Differences

This is the third post in a series of ideological comparisons (using analysis from http://www.ontheissues.org) between Russ Feingold and other 2008 Democratic hopefuls. Today, we'll look at differences between Feingold and Al Gore.

Al Gore has said time and again that he has no intention of running in 2008. Nonetheless, there is a significant movement amongst the NetRoots to urge him to run. I applaud the determination and passion of this movement. I also enthusiastically concur that he was elected President in 2000 by both the Electoral College and the popular vote, but that this victory was stolen by a conservative, activist Supreme Court. I've signed all the petitions and sent all the e-mails.

But, there is a but. And that is this: I have some serious ideological differences with President Gore. Based on those differences, he is not my pick for 2008. These differences hinge on three things: free trade, separation of Church and State, and his approach to law enforcement.

Russ Feingold is not, by any means, the only 2008 hopeful that shares my views on these topics. Wes Clark is dead on as well. Even the much maligned DLC sweethearts like Hillary Clinton and John Kerry toe the party line on these important issues.



Overall Rating

Populist-Leaning Liberal

Moderate Populist

Permit Prayer in Public Schools

Strongly Opposes


Death Penalty

Strongly Opposes


Mandatory Three Strikes Laws

Strongly Opposes

Strongly Favors

Support and Expand Free Trade

Strongly Opposes


Link Human Rights to Trade With China

Strongly Favors

Strongly Opposes

Allow Churches to Provide Welfare Services

No Opinion

Strongly Favors

I want to restate that these ideogy models are obviously simple pictures of a complex reality, but I've found them quite telling and a good starting point for deeper debate.

One need only look at this page to see that I'm not a disintrested observer on this question. However, the only bias I can imagine that I put into this table is the choice of issues to show. If you feel the comparison isn't fair, I encourage reasonable responses.

The sources for this table are http://www.ontheissues.org/Senate/Russell_Feingold.htm and http://www.ontheissues.org/Al_Gore.htm.


Blogger chico-towner said...

I like Russ for his liberal AND Libertarian positions. I don't how how Al Gore (whom I voted for in 2000) measures up to Russ on those issues.

Russ is a strict defender of Civil Liberties and the Bill of Rights. Also, Russ is known for not spending his entire budget and actually sending back the biggest amount to the US Treasury. His fiscal conservative record and Libertarian stances will help bring in those libertarian, independent, and "old school" conservative votes.

There are NO Republican candidates (among the main ones being promoted so far)that can match up with Russ Feingold, toe-to-toe, on being fiscally conservative.

AL Gore was part of the administartion that balanced the budget but who knows how matches up with Russ on these issues.

Either Russ or AL would be good presidents but my money is on Russ Feingold!

7:22 AM


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