Alex Blaze

I'll say something nice about Mike Gravel

Filed By Alex Blaze | December 05, 2007 1:13 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Politics
Tags: campaign fundraising, Democrats, Mike Gravel, peave

This video's been hopping around the internet:

While I don't think Mike Gravel is playing the game the way that, unfortunately, it has to be played in order to have a decent shot at the White House, I still like him.

The story behind that video is rather interesting. Gravel was approached by rx2000, the same YouTuber who made the famous "Sunday Bloody Sunday" video of Bush, to participate in a YouTube video. And he agreed.

It's similar to the story behind his "Rock" video, that a couple of young teachers asked if he would participate in their video for him. He didn't understand their intention, but he understood that they wanted to make a video of their interpretation of his campaign.

After hearing that story several months ago, I so wanted him to be that crazy uncle my mom and dad would take me to visit every couple of years. Crazy uncle Mike, making pomo videos involving rocks.

I find stories like this heart-warming (I'm such a sucker, I know), and I definitely like the idea of a politician truly thinking outside the box and democratizing the way his message is put together, but the fact that it's one of the big two reasons he's been on the sidelines this primary season isn't all that heart-warming. In this day and age, the candidates have to control their message, every word, every motion, every sigh, to the point that it's pretty much worthless.

The other related reason we're not going to see a Gravel candidacy for president is that he's simply not raising enough cash. Gravel's raised around $240K, by far the least of all the candidates. It's enough to travel around the country and talk about his campaign and to hire a couple of staff members, but there's no way that he's putting together a major ad campaign with a budget like that. Or a minor ad campaign. Or even pay for an ad on TV.

And we're left in an anti-democratic position - if a candidate is not willing to play by the rules that destroy the democracy of the game or is running on a platform of changing those rules, she's not going to get voted in. And if she follows them, they're never going to change.

So while I'm not going to say that I hope he wins the nomination, I'll say that I wish we lived in a country where Mike Gravel being nominated by a major party for president wasn't that ridiculous of an idea.

And that song's actually pretty good!


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And we're left in an anti-democratic position - if a candidate is not willing to play by the rules that destroy the democracy of the game or is running on a platform of changing those rules, she's not going to get voted in. And if she follows them, they're never going to change.

Aint that the truth?