Gravel rushed through his plan to overturn the constitutional system. "You say 'take back the power'? The people never had it. The constitution is not a very democratic document.... Our checks and balances are voided whenever one party, Democratic or Republian, controls all three branches ofgovernment.... we can only participate every two years." You can read about Gravel's plan to change all that here.
He laid out, too, his plan one Iraq: "We can have all Americans home by Christmas. Doesn't that sound great?"
In theory. But not the way Gravel wants to do it. He laid out a legislative strategy of passing a war-ending bill, calling up Senate cloture votes ever single day "until you override the opposition." Once you get cloture, you get a veto - and then, "You have an override vote on Monday, on Tuesday, on Wednesday, on Thursday, on Friday - no weekends off."
Fine. There's a great argument to be made for the strategy. But here's something else he proposed: introducing legislation to make the President and Vice President felons for what they have done in Iraq.
Now, Mike Gravel disdains the Constitution.
That's fine. A lot of great Americans - including the abolitionists - disdained the Constitution (they pointed out that it was a document that, then, countenanced slavery). And, like many of us, he despises Dick Cheney and George Bush. But here's what I just learned fifteen minutes ago:
Mike Gravel seems to have no idea what's in the Constitution.
I chased Gravel down as he was leaving, shoulder to shoulder with Ralph Nader. It gave me no pleasure to ask him, "Senator, isn't what you just described a 'bill of attainder'?"[..]
Here's the exchange that ensued:
"Are you a Constitutional expert?"
"No, I'm a journalist."
"Well, Congress can do any g**d***ed thing that it wants."