I have not been following the career of Mike Gravel, but this interview makes me wish I had. Please take special note of the part at the end about the Democrats' responsibility for the war. From the evidence here, he seems like a genuine Freie Geist. Go thou and do likewise! (Tip o' the sombrero here to David Beito.)
Schopenhauer says somewhere that the next time you are stuck in a boring conversation you should try this trick: pretend that you are in a theater, listening to a dialogue between two fools. Suddenly the horror becomes a delight. From what I see here, Gravel is no fool, but this thought, of turning life into art by means of de-realization, will be a great comfort to me as we hurtle at super-sonic speed toward the brick wall of November. After the Schopenhaurean move, American democracy is no longer a nightmare I can't wake up from. It's pure entertainment, the greatest show on Earth.
I have nothing to add.