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Later that day, when I met him at his house, he worked very hard to persuade me that he was right.“What you need to have, and what I seem to have, is unreserved faith in the people,” he said, pushing his walker toward the dining-room table. “They came to me flashing Legislature of the People, because they were smart enough to recognize that that’s what floats my boat.”The seven hours I spent with Gravel unfolded as a kind of enjoyable war, with me angling for pithy anecdotes and him redirecting my lines of inquiry back toward the subject of direct democracy.Leftists were just as traumatized by the 2016 election as centrist Democrats were, but each group came away from the experience with different lessons.From the perspective of left-wing Twitter, Hillary Clinton was a uniquely awful candidate whose failures stemmed as much from her policies (bland centrism) as from her style. This resulted in constant, folksy gaffes, some of which have become comedic touchstones on lefty Twitter — “Pokémon Go to the polls!Meanwhile, on Twitter, @Mike Gravel was prolific, issuing up to a dozen tweets a day, sometimes while Gravel himself was sleeping. They angled for donors with tweets like, “The neoliberal dream is someone who is smooth and cool and looks dignified in all the official photos and also crushes Arabs’ skulls on the weekend,” or, “Pete Buttigieg is what you get when Patrick Bateman decides to pursue politics instead of banking.” Where most politicians were likely to sense danger, the Teens saw only retweets and likes.When one detractor suggested that people donate to him instead of to Mike Gravel, the Teens sent him of their own money via Pay Pal.
Oks and Williams call Gravel a few times a week to approve any additions to the slate.