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“It's time to stand up - not to cheer, but to fight back.”
--Senator Russ Feingold, On Executive Power. (Daily Kos, 2006-02-02)

Monday, February 27, 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.


Feingold

Gore

Overall Rating

Populist-Leaning Liberal

Moderate Populist

Permit Prayer in Public Schools

Strongly Opposes

Favors

Death Penalty

Strongly Opposes

Favors

Mandatory Three Strikes Laws

Strongly Opposes

Strongly Favors

Support and Expand Free Trade

Strongly Opposes

Favors

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.