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Mike Gravel
Today we’ll be ending the Gravel 2020 campaign, as we have been planning from the start. It was an incredible honor to work for Mike, one of the greatest men of our time—someone of boundless courage and incredible tenacity.
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Mike Gravel Aug 6
Replying to @MikeGravel
Of course, this was not a “campaign” in the strict sense: we never wanted to win, and always made that clear. The campaign wasn’t about Mike as much as it was in his honor—it was a crowdsourced and intimately democratic project, about ideas rather than individuals.
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Mike Gravel Aug 6
Replying to @MikeGravel
We did a lot of good. We aired anti-Biden ads in Iowa and nationwide, and created and pushed the most detailed, radical platform of any candidate. We’ll be donating the funds, which we expect to come to $100,000, to Flint and a few other charities once we’re done with merch.
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Mike Gravel Aug 6
And the list of 67,000 active donors we compiled will be invaluable in helping Democrats like and —we hope to use it to aid progressive candidates as they wrest power from the establishment.
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Mike Gravel Aug 6
Replying to @MikeGravel
But the most enduring legacy of any campaign—think McGovern ‘72 or Sanders ’16—is its influence on young people. And we reached them: one Iowa Gravis poll showed us with 5.9 percent support (ahead of Harris and Warren) among people aged 18 to 29. That's a success.
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Mike Gravel Aug 6
Replying to @MikeGravel
A campaign for an 89-year-old, managed by teenagers, got several times more donations than five congressmen, two governors, a senator, and the mayor of America’s most populous city. And we frequently outpolled them, too! I mean—we qualified for the Democratic debates!
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Mike Gravel Aug 6
Replying to @MikeGravel
Mike isn’t perfect. We often differ with him. But he has that great virtue—rare among our political class—of being human. There is no artifice. As Rorty said: “If we look to people who make no mistakes, who were always on the right side...we shall have few heroes and heroines.”
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Mike Gravel Aug 6
Replying to @MikeGravel
This campaign, really, is about crafting a new society—a kind and gentle society, based on dignity and equality, solidarity and love. A good life for all, regardless of inborn traits or one’s station at birth. A world of peace and real freedom, democracy and fraternity.
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Mike Gravel Aug 6
Replying to @MikeGravel
We sought to make explicit themes whispered by larger campaigns—a revolt against the soullessness of contemporary politics, a forthright egalitarian populism reminiscent of Bryan, Long, and Yarborough, a desire to restore fun and camaraderie to politics.
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Mike Gravel Aug 6
Replying to @MikeGravel
We do not enjoy politics; it is an ignoble craft, and we have more respect for those who entered it out of a resigned sense of duty than those who think they have the mandate of heaven. We did this for Mike, a great man dishonored in his time, and for the principles we hold.
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Mike Gravel Aug 6
Replying to @MikeGravel
Irony and humor are important because they're tools to skewer the powerful, and we use them because they attract support. (It worked!) But beware of irony lapsed into fatalism. Be a happy warrior, be joyful—but be earnest. If you give into cynicism, you become useless.
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Mike Gravel Aug 6
Replying to @MikeGravel
Our favorite quote of Mike’s is from 2008, when he was asked about prayer: “What I believe in is love. And love implements courage.” Our politics, and Mike’s, is based in love, in the duty “to do justly and to love mercy.” As Dorothy Day said: “The final word is love.” That’s it.
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Mike Gravel Aug 6
Replying to @humford @DavidEOks
So with that, the Gravel 2020 campaign is over. We want to thank our wonderful staff and supporters. We’re going on vacation and won’t be tweeting for a while. Henry is abroad right now; David will be traveling around New England. You can follow us at and .
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Mike Gravel Aug 6
Replying to @MikeGravel
This account will transition into the account for the Gravel Institute. Of course, the character of the account will thus change. (We’re not sure we’ll be running it!) Details for that will come later, after August.
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Mike Gravel Aug 6
Replying to @MikeGravel
We’ll eventually follow up with an article about what the Gravel campaign accomplished, and we’ll be thanking a few of our supporters individually over the next few weeks. Thank you all for what you accomplished. We are eternally grateful.
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⏳☦#WarIsARacket☦⏳ Aug 6
To me, Gravel will always be the Senator who had the courage to read the Pentagon Papers into the record, at some risk to himself. The public was lied to about Vietnam, as with all wars. Gravel helped get the truth out there and for that I'm grateful. Well done to you all.
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Claire "Bernie Yells for Us" McDaniel 🌻🐱🌹🌎♐️ Aug 6
And he also told all those primary candidates the brutal truth about who they are, on TV in 2008. Bravo!
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⏳☦#WarIsARacket☦⏳ Aug 6
YES! Possibly my favorite debate moment of all time.
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Brett Banditelli Aug 6
Replying to @MikeGravel
Love y'all. We're gonna bleed these motherfuckers dry and change the world ;)
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The Black Bernie Bro 🌹 Aug 6
Replying to @MikeGravel
Thank you for the campaign! I can't count how many times you all were able to put into words what I was feeling at the moment. I look forward to the great thing The Gravel Institute presents to a country that sorely needs it.
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Mayhem Mellow D⏳🌺🕊️ Aug 6
Replying to @MikeGravel
Much love, respect and gratitude to you Mike. I wish I had known who you were when we were both much younger. 🙏💖 Boys, you guys are the future. Thank you both for your intelligence, bravery and moxy to do amazing things. Keep moving mountains and saving the world. 🤗💛🧡❤️
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