Ed Driscoll


THE AL GORE/SPIRO AGNEW CONNECTION: I hadn’t read James Pinkerton’s essay in Tech Central Station when I posted below about Gore and Spiro Agnew. Pinkerton writes:

So perhaps the best parallel, in a looking-glass way, is between Gore at his goring-est and one of his rhetorically overkilling-est predecessors in the vice presidency, Spiro “nattering nabobs of negativism” Agnew. Agnew, who was Richard Nixon’s #2 from 1969 to 1973, made himself polarizingly famous with his snappy-nasty references to “effete snobs” who “have a masochistic compulsion to destroy their country’s strength.” Not surprisingly, the left half of the country mostly hated him, but the right half mostly loved him