The statue of limitations on former senator status has finally run out:
Mike Gravel will not be part of the next Democratic presidential debate, Oct. 30 in Philadelphia.
The former Alaska senator did not meet fundraising and polling requirements for the forum, said NBC News political director Chuck Todd.
All the other Democratic candidates are expecting to participate.
Gravel has been a lively presence in past debates despite having no campaign staff to speak of and virtually no money. He has raised about $287,000 overall and had $17,000 on hand at the end of the quarter that ended Sept. 30.
Let's see, at an average of about five minutes of time per debate, that's about 43 seconds more for each of the other seven. Even Sam Brownback is smart enough to quit when he's going nowhere...
Speaking of which, the big beneficiary of Brownback Mountain's departure seems to be Mike Huckabee, winner at the Family Research Council's "values voters" summit today and beating the rest of the field combined. "Values" in this case translates as "fetus worship."