For instance, I read in The Note that The Washington Post's Dana Milbank plumbs the book's depths to find clues to Gore's political ambitions. Campaign treatise it's not, Milbank writes: "Imagine the Iowa hog farmer cracking open 'Assault on Reason,' and meeting Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Paine, John Kenneth Galbraith, Walter Lippmann, Johannes Gutenberg, John Stuart Mill, Thomas Jefferson and Marshall McLuhan -- all before finishing the introduction."
I don't know a lot of Iowa farmers, true, but I think it amazingly insulting that Milbank thinks those
names are above their collective heads. But anything to mock Gore, even the
fact that he treats people with sufficient respect to expect them to understand
the arguments of their country's founders and intellectual heroes.