Who in hell is Mike Gravel?

Thursday, April 13, 2006
Some Democrat from the distant past has decided to run for the presidency:

“NEW YORK -- Mike Gravel, a former U.S. senator from Alaska, will next week become the first Democrat to formally declare his candidacy for president.”

“The thought of getting out there early, right now, is really the big tactic for me,” Gravel said in an interview. He vowed: “Once I’m out there and people see the issues I’m raising, it will resonate with people.”

“Gravel served in the Senate from 1969 to 1981, during the turbulent last years of the Vietnam War and the Watergate scandal. He is hoping voters respond to his anti-war stance, drawing on the parellels being made between Vientam and Iraq.”

Link to Drudge

Talk about a name recognition challenge. Mike Gravel has been missing from the public eye for about a quarter of a century! Is he known by one percent of the general American public? My hunch is that even few Alaskans recognize his name. I wonder if Gravel is releasing a book in the near future? Is he hoping to cash in on the lucrative lecture circuit? What other theory might explain this apparent silliness?


Knucklehead said...

He is hoping voters respond to his anti-war stance, drawing on the parellels being made between Vientam and Iraq.

Well, that gives him about 3 soundbites worth of material, all of it of dubious value. Let's see: in both caseser US soldiers did lethal battle with Oth People, people got killed and stuff got blown up... I'm sure there's another one or two parallels out there but they're escaping me at the moment.

It'll be interesting to see how he builds an entire campaign around that and makes it resonate through an entire primary season.

brylun said...

You mean "Maurice?"

I was reading something related to the potential criminal prosecution of Jay Rockefeller and Gravel's name came up in a Supreme Court case concerning the Speech and Debate Clause of the Constitution.

He placed the Pentagon Papers in the public record and was prosecuted for it.

Here's a link to the case.

Mike H. said...

That makes him about as old as Ramsey Clark. Quite possibly as firmly anchored to reality as Ramsey Clark.

He should be a shoo in.

Knucklehead said...

Will we never be rid of these Nixon era dopes?

David Thomson said...

I am somebody who follows politics fairly closely. In other words, I am a statistical anomaly. If I need to Google your name---you’ve got a real serious name recognition problem!

A U.S. senator is often unknown in their own state. Even those who have been in office for over two decades have to worry about being recognized by their constituents. Mike Gravel has been gone for the public eye for a very long time. I would wager a bit of money that no more than 10% of the Alaskan public has any idea who he might be.

terrye said...

Sounds like an exercise in futility.

Knucklehead said...


Well, anything that serves to burn off more of the Koslings' funds in the relentless pursuit of futility has some vague benefit to the sane portion of society.