That's right: with Bob Barr taking the Libertarian nomination over the weekend, Mike Gravel has declared an end to his life in politics.
As those of you who are capable of finding Wikipedia know, Gravel has been in this game for decades, serving multiple terms in the Alaska House of Representatives and in the United States Senate. He waged a one-man filibuster against the Vietnam draft, read the Pentagon Papers into the Congressional Record and helped get them published by a commercial press. Later, he supported the controversial Trans-Alaska pipeline and stared a lot.
And now it's all over. Clearly, this is a momentous moment for Gravel…
"I just ended my political career," Mr. Gravel said at the [Libertarian] party's convention. "From 15 years old to now, my political career is over, and it's no big deal."
Well, I guess this does mean he has more free time to throw stuff in lakes.
Tags: Bob Barr, Libertarian, Mike Gravel
What's a candidate who fails to capture the imagination of one of the two major parties to do when he still desperately wants to stay in the race? The same thing The Eagles did — launch a farewell tour. And in politics, the equivalent of the farewell tour is joining the Libertarian party at the last minute. The Libertarian Party National Convention starts today and runs till May 26th, and we happened to get a look at the tour riders for the major candidates.
* Aquafina bottled water (2 cases)
* Extra virgin lard (3 goblets)
* Softcover Starr Report: Classic Edition (above toilet)
* Heterosexual married couple in need of paunchy defender (plaid-clad, frightened-seeming)
* Sweet Georgia Mustache Grease (1 glob)
* Crab salad sandwiches (8)
* Hat (one half)
* Two thick stones (any size)
* Unflattering portrait of ex-wife (defaced with adage, "Alaska: you don't lose your girl, you lose your turn")
* Cream (10 platefuls)
* "RP" swag (700 t-shirts, 10 t-shirt guns, executive order to de-regulate t-shirt launchers, t-shirt flak grenades, t-shirt laser-guided bombs and other t-shirt weaponry)
* Rabid supporters (50-60,000)
* Some "really good ideas you should check out" (2 or 3)
* Dogged, delusional persistence (more than anyone thought)
* Instructions on "How to Ruin Your Family's Memorial Day Picnic" (500 pamphlets)
Tags: Bob Barr, Libertarian, Mike Gravel, Ron Paul
Washington is no different from Hollywood — it's full of famous names, ruthless backstabbers, and gossip bloggers willing to grossly exaggerate any anecdote to boost their readership. As former United States Senate Pages, Dylan and Ethan Ris were privy to backroom dealings, power grabs, and scandals that would make even Eliot Spitzer blush. Join the Pages as they get the dish on not just the presidential race but all the exciting triumphs and disgraces inside, outside, and below the Beltway!
Well folks, we Pages would like to thank the good people of West Virginia for keeping the Democratic presidential race alive! From here on out, the campaign boils down to TV advertising as the candidates' final chance to sell themselves to voters. Knowing as much, Congressional Confidential has consulted our sources, weighed the intangibles, and is now ready to reveal our anticipated ad campaigns for each of the remaining states!
Title: "Run for the Roses"
Synopsis: Clinton enters the shot on horseback, wearing a jockey helmet and vest over her horsehair pantsuit. She recaps the Presidential campaign using Kentucky Derby metaphors and pounds a mint julep shot before trotting away.
Music: Dan Fogelberg — "Run for the Roses"
Title: "Summer Reading"
Synopsis: Obama is seen sipping cognac in the Harvard faculty lounge. Setting down his copy of Rene Descartes' Meditations on First Philosophy, he offers a brief contrast of the physical and metaphysical symbolism of American Flag pins.
Music: Feist — "We Shall Overcome"
Synopsis: Clinton is shown operating a chainsaw as she fells a redwood in southern Oregon. Brushing woodchips from her camouflage pantsuit, she recounts the hardships of her third cousin toiling in an Oregon sawmill as a summer job in 1966.
Music: Celine Dion — "Truck Drivin' Man"
Title: "A Long, Strange Trip"
Synopsis: Grainy late-70s footage of Obama hitchhiking in Indonesia. Surrounded by friends from his madrassa, he sports bellbottoms and an Afro. He holds a sign reading “America or bust!” with a Marcel Proust quote scrawled beneath it.
Music: Ozomatli feat. Professor Cornel West — "(If You’re Going To) San Francisco"
Title: "A Little Bit of the Captain in Her"
Synopsis: Clinton swabs the deck of a campaign donor’s yacht. Wearing a banana leaf pantsuit, she describes the executive branch using boat crew metaphors. She takes a giant swig from a liter bottle of Captain Morgan's and approves the message as the shot fades to black.
Music: Van Halen — "I'm The One"
Title: "Footprints in the Sand"
Synopsis: Obama, barefoot and shirtless in ripped jean shorts, walks along the beach as multi-ethnic children frolic in the surf ahead of him. In the distant background, we see a stone-induced splash from a Mike Gravel commercial filming on the same beach.
Music: Yanni – "Age of Aquarius"
Title: "Home on the Range"
Synopsis: Clinton, wearing a rawhide leather pantsuit, stands beside cowboys before a roaring bonfire. She raises a toast to the common man, shotguns a beer, and then dramatically throws her Wellesley College diploma into the flames as the cowboys cheer.
Music: Kid Rock — "Cowboy"
Title: "Nature's Miracle"
Synopsis: Obama stands in attendance at the waterbirth of his daughter. As his nude, submerged wife Michelle shuts her eyes and bears down, Obama bestows Hawaiian leis upon attending guests Cindy Sheehan and Tony Rezko.
Music: Sarah McLaughlin — "Kumbaya"
Title: "My Fellow Americans"
Synopsis: Clinton appears on a movie set depicting the Oval Office. She accepts the Democratic nomination and pledges to appoint Barack Obama to the position of Junior Senator from Illinois. Bill, Chelsea, and Terry McAuliffe assemble at her side and their faces magically morph into a refashioned Mount Rushmore.
Music: Lesley Gore — "It’s My Party"
Title: "A Whole New Me"
Synopsis: Obama is shown in the mirror trying on lipstick, rouge, and women's clothing. He briefly considers a burqa before deciding against it. He is careful to affix an American flag lapel to his outfit by the commercial's end.
Music: James Blunt — "You’re Beautiful"
Tags: Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Congressional Confidential, Cornel West, Hillary Clinton, Kentucky, Michelle Obama, Mike Gravel, Montana, Oregon, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Terry McAuliffe, Tony Rezko
In his latest video opus,
DemocraticLibertarian wingnut Mike Gravel does three things no white-haired man should ever do: he tries to rap, he tries to do the Soulja Boy dance and he tries to get the nubile young Obama Girl to make out with him.
Needless to say, he fails on all counts. But give the ol' coot points for effort, okay? When's the last time someone made you a heart-shaped balloon sculpture?
MC Gravel-a-Hellacopter may not be ready for a record deal, but I think he's stepping up his game.
Tags: Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Libertarian, Mike Gravel