Al Gore is living proof that going to the right prep school and Ivy League college, plus racking up the right stuff on your subsequent resume is electoral dynamite.
At least, that’s what I initially garner from Zogby, who has found that the ex-Veep’s bio wins out over those of the current Democratic candidates. Here’s how he was described in the poll:
Candidate A … is an experienced candidate
from the South who has been Vice President of the United States and a
US Senator. This person has won several awards, including an Oscar, a
Grammy, and an Emmy for his documentary about global climate change.
This person has won the Nobel Peace prize and is recognized as an
international authority on foreign policy, energy, the environment, and
technology. This candidate has opposed the Iraq war from the beginning.
OK, so they left out the stuff about educational background. If I were Al, I’d gripe about that — but he’s on such a streak this days, he’s not one to kvetch.
You have to wonder, though, about the respondents who actually couldn’t figure out who this was. In fact, I find myself doubting that such folk exist, and yet this polling approach seems to assume they do…