Give ‘Em Hell, Mike Gravel

April 27, 2007 at 2:20 pm 2 comments

The highlight of last night’s debate was Mike Gravel taking an overly cautious field of democrats to task. He suggested that if they had any courage at all they’d cut funding for the war in Iraq immediately. Of his colleagues on the stage he said, “The first six months in the senate you wonder how you got here, the next six months you wonder how they got here.”
Mike Gravel

Dennis Kucinich peppered Barack Obama with questions about his statement that “no options were off the table with Iran.” Obama assured Kucinich that he was “not planning to nuke anyone.” Agitation from Kucinich and Gravel is most welcome. Except by Joe Biden, who appears to find leftists laughable, worthy of a fratboy sneer.

Obama was positively bland. On healthcare he mentioned some arcane plan about people buying into it. A lot of people I know can’t buy into anything. Buying is pharmaceutical industry talk. And it’s not going to fly with voters who want and need free universal healthcare. The frontrunners, and in particular Hillary Clinton, were lauded this morning for “not screwing up” by the associated press. Is that the standard we’re to expect from our candidates?

As a tactic, when it comes to it, I’ll still vote for Obama to block Clinton, but thank God for Mike Gravel and Dennis Kucinich. Give ’em hell!!
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Entry filed under: Barack Obama, Democrat, Democratic Presidential Debate, Dennis Kucinich, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Mike Gravel.

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  • 1. cerebraljetsam  |  April 27, 2007 at 6:36 pm

    Gravel: very funny man! Sadly, the drunken-angry-grandpa-chastising-grandchildren form of delivery probably obscured the fact he had some really good things to say. Makes me want to hear him speak more often (sadly not because I think he is a good politician–more in a way that I like to listen to Lewis Black).

    I gotta say, though, the prize for the wittiest answer goes to Biden’s “yes.”

    Re: Obama and Clinton from the perspective of the MSNBC post-debate analysis: “Clinton is in politics grad school, whereas the debate has shown that all the other people are still undergrads.” Hmmm… Even Pat Buchanan praised her in the highest tones, but that is obviously tainted by ulterior motives. In any case, I do have to agree that I was somewhat disappointed by Obama. Kucinich was good, but too often his solid arguments were overshadowed by what seemed to be a too artificial and staged delivery (see the “look at me holding the constituion” bit). A bit too over the top for me, making it too theatrical, hence diverting attention from his great arguments.

  • 2. skunkcabbage  |  April 28, 2007 at 3:30 pm

    Yeah, I enjoy the angry grandpa delivery, too. If you go to Gravel’s web site it mentions that he filibustered Nixen for 5 months to end the Viet Nam draft. Direct democracy stuff is interesting, but I’m itchy about a sales tax rather than income tax.

    The Biden “yes” was pretty good. He has some charisma.

    Kucinich whipping it out was a bit melodramatic, but if he doesn’t grandstand (and possibly even if he does) the press will disappear him in summaries of the debate. Clinton really said nothing worthwhile. It’s interesting to watch the bourgeois press eat her up. Serious about war and business, really, what’s not to like from their perspective.


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