Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Gravel Gets Dirty

It was pretty clear Mike Gravel was kooky from watching his Presidential campaign. But it's hard to believe he's this crazy...

Former Democratic presidential candidate Mike Gravel was caught on tape last week telling a crowd in Washington, D.C., that they should harass a federal prosecutor who helped bring criminal contempt charges against a Palestinian activist.

In the tape, Gravel can be heard telling people to pressure Gordon Kromberg, an assistant U.S. attorney in the eastern district of Virginia, to drop the charges against Sami Al-Arian.

“Find out where he lives, find out where his kids go to school, find out where his office is, picket him all the time,” Gravel said, in an audio tape obtained by the Investigative Project on Terrorism and provided to FOX News.

“Call him a racist in signs if you see him. Call him an injustice. Call him whatever you want to call him, but in his face all the time.”
Find out where his kids go to school? Seriously, who the hell says something that stupid and irresponsible? Oh, wait, there's more:
Gravel told FOX News that he doesn’t want people to break the law and that he personally wouldn’t do the things he’s recommended — but that it could be an effective way to change the behavior of U.S. officials.

“How do you deal with this kind of an injustice? I wouldn’t protest. I don’t believe in protesting. I think it demonstrates the failure of representative government. My answer to that problem is, I want to empower you as a lawmaker. … Don’t rely on your elected officials,” the former senator said.
You want to know how otherwise reasonable people end up defending terrorist tactics? Gravel's logic is the start of that slippery slope. You know, if Barack Obama was interested in a true Sister Souljah moment, condemning Gravel would be an easy way to appeal to centrists.


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