You remember him? He was that other candidate that the media marginalized. I guess he will be best remembered for his reading of the Pentagon papers into the Congressional record back in the ’70’s. Granted he was never high on anyone’s list of candidates, but now he has finally made news and changed party affiliation.
His announcement yesterday.
“I’m joining the Libertarian Party because it is a party that combines a commitment to freedom and peace that can’t be found in the two major parties that control the government and politics of America,” Gravel said in a prepared statement. “My libertarian views, as well as my strong stance against war, the military industrial complex and American imperialism, seem not to be tolerated by Democratic Party elites who are out of touch with the average American.”
While I am not a supporter by any means, he does have a point. But it is not just the Democratic Party that is out of touch with average Americans; it is ALL politicians. I do not foresee this move giving him any more clout than he had within the Dem Party, but maybe he will get a bit more publicity than he did before. After all, is that not the goal of every politician?