Well, Mike Gravel has captured my heart, so I thought I'd post some groovy stuff about the guy.
First, he wasn't always a crabby old man:
According to Wikipedia, he wrote a book during his first Senate term entitled Citizen Power, in which he advocated:
* a guaranteed annual income (dubbed the "Citizen's Wage"),
* public financing of elections,
* progressive tax with no deductions or exemptions,
* steps against the military-industrial complex (which he calls the "Warfare State"),
* a national law to do away with voter registration and other barriers to voting,
* abolition of the death penalty,
* universal health care, school vouchers,
* a drastic reduction in government secrecy
Note that his first term was in 1969. He was advocating this stuff in '69, baby.
The book also contained the complete text of the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and the complete platform adopted by the Populist Party during the 1892 presidential election.
He also pushed for Federal ballot measures (similar to state ballot measures, or propositions in California), which would have given the people a direct vote in matters of federal law.
And as anyone who watched the recent debate saw, the guy is not afraid to speak his mind about anything, including the war.
I don't know, folks. I think he'd make a fabulous president.