Let's talk about Mike Gravel for President in 2008.
by neutron, Tue Jul 25, 2006 at 10:30:57 AM EDT
You know, since nobody else seems to be. :)
I'm going to break my self imposed rule of not talking about 2008 until 2006 elections are over for a few moments here to get this post out and talk about Maurice Robert Gravel, aka former Senator Mike Gravel.
Well, yeah, see that's most peoples reaction... Yet he's running and over and over again he's not included in straw polls, he is a declared candidate, fringe though he may be.
So who is Mike Gravel anyway?
From his Wikipedia entry:
Maurice Robert Gravel (born May 13, 1930) better known as Mike Gravel, was a Democratic U.S. Senator from Alaska for two terms, from 1969 to 1981.
Gravel served in the Alaska House of Representatives from 1962 to 1966. During the last two years of his term, he served as the Speaker of the House. He left that body to run for Alaska's seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, losing to Howard Wallace Pollock.
In 1968, he ran against incumbent Democratic Senator Ernest Gruening, a popular former governor, for his party's nomination to the U.S. Senate, unexpectedly beating him in the primary and going on to win the general election.
During his first term in the Senate, Gravel authored a book titled Citizen Power. In it, he advocated the implementation of numerous social democratic ideas, including a guaranteed annual income, which he termed a "citizen's wage", of $5,000 per person, regardless of whether the person worked.
In 1971, the same year that he placed more than 4000 pages of the Pentagon Papers into the Congressional record, he embarked on a one-man filibuster against a bill renewing the draft. Using various parliamentary methods, Gravel was able to block the bill for five months before President Richard Nixon and Senate Republicans agreed to allow the draft to expire in 1973.
Gravel actively campaigned for the office of Vice President of the United States during the 1972 presidential election. At the 1972 Democratic National Convention, he nominated himself for the post and won 226 delegate votes, coming in third behind Senator Thomas Eagleton of Missouri, who was the convention's choice, and Frances "Sissy" Farenthold, who got 407 votes (see).
In 1980, he was challenged for renomination by State Representative Clark Gruening, the grandson of Ernest, who unexpectedly defeated Gravel in the primary. Gruening would go on to lose in the general election to Republican Frank Murkowski.
ok, interesting stuff, maybe some kind of dustbin of history stuff, but still, he is declared as a candidate, which is more then a lot of the people we talk about all the time are.
but his site is interesting.
he's for pullout in Iraq, Direct Democracy (including I think banishment of the electoral college?)
the only alarming things about Mr. Gravel, whose quixotic but serious candidacy actually looks ok, is his tax policies, which seem... uh... odd to say the least, and the fact that he was chairman of the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution. A conservative, but non-sectarian think tank.
As i've said that's alarming.
Former Tocqueville Chairman Mike Gravel will seek the White House in 2008, according to widespread reports. (He thus joins such former Tocquevillians as Jack Kemp and Joe Lieberman in the race for the White House -- not to mention project advisors John McCain and Bill Bradley.)
Kemp and Lieberman make me raise an eyebrow to say the least, but Bill Bradley? hunh.
hmm... yet he's for direct democracy and Iraq war pullout, interesting.
Nevertheless, Gravel is an announced candidate, so he should be addressed.
Since he's a little before my time, anybody remember his term?