On the Rocks
So the first Democratic debate among presidential candidates took place last night. Anyone realize that? I sure as shit did not. I also don't particularly care, but that's another story for another time.
I didn't realize that there's a former senator from Alaska in the Dems' race. Show of hands, who here's heard the name Mike Gravel? I had a Major League "Who are these fuckin' guys?" moment when I saw his name. But after reading the transcripts of the debate and his personal website, I'm guessing the Howard Beale "mad as hell" candidate will become a household name over the next few weeks and months. He's Kucinich, only with chops. And real experience. And gravitas.
Gravel won't be elected, and he won't even come close. But he's there to keep the bigs honest, a role Kucinich and Sharpton played in the last go-round. I like him for two reasons, the first of which centers around the fact that he's actually fairly famous in politics and yet I've never heard of him 'til last night. Check out this snippet from his bio:
"In 1971, he waged a successful one-man filibuster for five months that forced the Nixon administration to cut a deal, effectively ending the draft in the United States. He is most prominently known for his release of the Pentagon Papers, the secret official study that revealed the lies and manipulations of successive U.S. administrations that misled the country into the Vietnam War." A five-month filibuster to block the draft? Damn, that's good times. Um, thanks?
The other reason I like him? I'm hoping he fucks something up early and the newspapers write "Gravel Off to a Rocky Start."
Man, that joke rocks. I fucking love myself.
Slack Link of the Day: Here's a good one: "An obsessed fan tried to run over the husband of Sandra Bullock in an attack at the couple's home in California, police said Thursday." Can you imagine loving Bullock so much that you'd run over her husband? What a world.
Slack Song and Video of the Day: You just turn your pretty head and walk away...best song ever? Up there.
I'm getting really lazy with this blog. Lo siento, senors y senoritas.