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Posted by on Jan 15, 2012 in At TMV | 4 comments

Mitt Romney and Al Gore: Separated at Birth?

…He claimed that he didn’t seek reelection as Massachusetts governor because “that would be about me” — as if running for president, which he did instead, was a gesture of sacrifice and altruism.

Romney, the conservative writer Jonah Goldberg argued this week, has an “authentic inauthenticity problem.”

And that is precisely why his struggle is so familiar. He is the political reincarnation of Al Gore, whose campaign I covered with an equal amount of cringing a dozen years ago.

To see Romney, in his Gap jeans, laughing awkwardly at his own jokes and making patently disingenuous claims, brings back all those bad memories of 2000: “Love Story.” Inventing the Internet. Earth tones. Three-button suits. The alpha male in cowboy boots. The iced-tea defense. The Buddhist temple. The sighing during the debate. …Dana Milbank, WaPo

Unfortunately, none of this disqualifies Romney. He’ll go on going on.

Romney isn’t necessarily doomed — Gore, after all, received more votes than the other guy — but this much seems clear: Over the next 10 months, Romney will be getting the Gore treatment. …Milbank

And leaving well over half the voters bored and disgusted.

Cross posted from Prairie Weather

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  • DaGoat

    I’ve always pictured Romney as more John Kerry than Al Gore. Romney/Kerry is the uber-rich awkward but “safe” candidate chosen over the more dangerous but exciting candidates of Howard Dean/Newt Gingrich et al. Bush/Obama is the incumbent weakling with a lot of baggage who may well win.

    I did not see Romney in person here in Iowa but I’ve talked to a few people who did and they were impressed. Of course Al Gore usually came across pretty well in person too.

  • PJBFan

    DaGoat, I’ve met Gov. Romney. You are right. He definitely comes across better in person than when he is trying to be polished. When he does that, it’s like listening to any other slick politician. However, one on one, or even before a small crowd, he’s really good.

  • El Zagna

    I’m surprised and disappointed that TMV would allow the Al-Gore_invented-the-Internet meme to slip into one of your posts without a thorough smack down, so I’ll do it for you.

    Al Gore never said that he invented the Internet. That was a complete distortion of a legitimate claim that he made that he “took the initiative in creating the Internet”, which he did. Gore was way ahead of the curve in realizing the importance of the Internet and aggressively promoted starting in the 1970s when he was in Congress.

    Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn who in some ways DID invent the Internet stated:

    Al Gore was the first political leader to recognize the importance of the
    Internet and to promote and support its development.

    No one person or even small group of persons exclusively “invented” the
    Internet. It is the result of many years of ongoing collaboration among
    people in government and the university community. But as the two people
    who designed the basic architecture and the core protocols that make the
    Internet work, we would like to acknowledge VP Gore’s contributions as a
    Congressman, Senator and as Vice President. No other elected official, to
    our knowledge, has made a greater contribution over a longer period of

  • DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

    @El Zagna:

    Thanks for shedding a light on the development of the “internet” and for debunking the attacks on Gore with respect to “inventing the internet.”

    As one who was intimately familiar with the ARPA network and involved in the military’s message switching techniques during the transition to packet switching in the 70s, I can attest to the fact that “No one person or even small group of persons exclusively ‘invented’ the
    Internet,” including Al-Gore nor that he claimed he did.

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