MODERATOR: Let's use a little moderator discretion here. Senator Gravel, that's a weighty charge.
Who on this stage exactly tonight worries you so much?
GRAVEL: Well, I would say the top tier ones. The top tier ones. They've made statements.
(Biden raises his hand as Gravel speaks.)
Oh, Joe, I'll include you, too. You have a certain arrogance. You want to -- you want to tell the Iraqis how to run their country.
This is the number-one thing that's killing the Dems, and has since at least Nader v. Gore: the idea that one should not vote according to one's conscience, but according to "electability" (note: that word is spelled "electability" but spoken "milquetoast").
You know what, I hate this. I'm a progressive. I participate in my community. I vote. I pay taxes. I do everything I am supposed to do to be a part of this democracy. But every time I ask why my voice isn't be heard, and is carefully being marginalized as being much further left of center than it is, I get called a whiny bitch and told to grow up.
You know, if being a citizen and participating in the electoral system isn't enough to get someone to listen to my concerns, and to actually represent me, then it's not me that's broken. It's the fucking country.
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