It Looks Like President Mike Gravel Will Not Be Happening

The teenagers in charge of Mike Gravel’s presidential candidacy have thrown in the towel and suspended his campaign.

No surprise there.  The campaign has been upfront about only existing to get Gravel on the debate stage so that he could make a case for pushing the Democrats even further to the left.  With the DNC refusing to invite Gravel to participate in the 2nd debate (despite Gravel having met their fundraising requirement), it was obvious that Gravel’s campaign would soon end.

Just how involved the 89 year-old Gravel actually was with the campaign is not an easy question to answer.  The teens themselves only reached out to him after hearing about him on Chapo Trap House.  Some critics claimed that the campaign was elder abuse and others accused it of being a scampac.  I don’t think it was intentionally meant to be either.  Though I may not be on the same political side as the Gravel teens, I will miss their sarcastic twitter commentary.

According to the linked Politico article above, the two teens will be moving on to a fellowship with Jacobin Magazine.  Ten years from now, they’ll probably have their own HBO show with David Hogg.

For now, it’s time to say goodbye to the Mike Gravel presidential campaign and to thank them for making the campaign season a little more interesting.

Is Mike Gravel Ending His Presidential Campaign?

It sure sounds like it.

We shouldn’t be too surprised.  Gravel is one of the few people to announce his candidacy for a major party’s presidential nomination by saying that he wasn’t running to win.  He was running to get invited to the debates and “critique American imperialism.”  Some people on twitter described Gravel’s campaign as being “elder abuse” and felt that the 89 year-old former senator was being manipulated the two teenage Chapo Traphouse fans who were running his account.  But, for those of us who remember 2008, there wasn’t much difference between Gravel’s previous presidential campaign and this one.

I didn’t agree with Gravel on many issues but he was an unpredictable and uninhibited debater in 2008 and I was hoping he’d make it onto the stage at least once during this campaign.  I’m guessing the hardest hit by Gravel’s withdrawal will be Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, who no longer have a candidate in this race who makes them look young by comparison.

UPDATE:  Here’s more from Gravel’s twitter: