No rump roast here
No heads turn when Mike Gravel walks into Detroit's Traffic Jam restaurant, no ripple of whispers spreading through the dining room that someone important has arrived to take a seat among the usual patrons.Full Story
Since: Mar 07
#1 Oct 31, 2007
This is from the article.
taking chances is nothing new for Gravel. Which is something that needs to be known before any of us go writing him off as a bad joke. Whether you realize it or not, he's earned our respect, and he's earned the right to be heard.
Here's why: Back in 1971, when a military analyst named Daniel Ellsberg provided The New York Times and other papers with a copy of the Pentagon Papers — a secret study of the Vietnam War and the unconstitutional manipulations by a string of administrations that created that quagmire — the U.S. Justice Department attempted to suppress release of further information contained in the study. At the time, Gravel was conducting a five-month-long filibuster in what was an ultimately successful attempt to end the draft. Ignoring the danger of being labeled a traitor, Gravel proceeded to read 4,100 pages from the Pentagon papers, entering it into the Senate's official record, making the information public.
"I was scared to death of going to jail," recalls Gravel. But he did it, because he thought it was the right thing to do. In my book, that makes the guy a hero. So what if he comes off as cantankerous? Better that than someone blabbering on about the importance of bipartisanship — something Gravel sneers at.
#2 Nov 26, 2007
Gravel is not angry , he has the talent of rhetoric and speech making and he knows how to use these tools. His methods work superbly because he is a riveting speaker and his thinking is superb on all the issues. Further he beat all the candidates at the debates proven by his exclusion, he was obviously winning and then they said something and he could not attend. How ridiculous is that. Just because he is handsome and imaginative and powerful and they could not have this next to the mediocre bunch there was no competition there President Gravel even sounds like President Groovy.
Since: Mar 07
#3 Nov 26, 2007
President Gravel does have a certain pinash to it.
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