Suffrage net city

By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 28, 2007
LOOK FOR A slim policy sheet, outlining his stances on everything from the Green Tax to Net Neutrality
LAUGH AT One of Gravel’s MySpace friends: “I missed out on the 11/11 fundraising effort, so I chipped in 25 bux instead. . . . Maybe that can buy a burrito or something ;)”

Mike Gravel will not be our next president, either. Something tells us he knows this. Which is why he can afford to go all out with a super kooky site and some awesomely bad graphics. His name’s rendered in a gargantuan point size, next to a large, vaguely scary photo of him wearing an ill-fitting blue jacket, grinning a bit too intensely. His John Hancock’s scribbled illegibly in the upper-right corner. There’s a blog, of course, presented in clunky Arial Black font. He hits some of the right notes: the requisite social-networking tags are all there, as are links to his YouTube page. Weirdly, click the “Learn More” tab, and most of the information about him is provided off-site. Most remarkable are helpful instructions on how to visit the former Alaska senator in Second Life. One can see why he hangs out there: only in an online fantasy world could a good-hearted, intensely liberal 77 year old who hasn’t held elected office since 1981 expect to win the presidency.

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