In the twelve hours since jclifford caught the Bill Moyers for President bug, the virus has continued to spread from its genesis in a smart (of course) Molly Ivins article. Here’s who’s talking about a Draft Moyers movement this morning:
Molly Ivins and others are talking about Bill Moyers running for President. She talks of his candidacy as being a way of addressing moral issues, but as if it were doomed to failure â€” even failure to get the Democratic Party nomination. The article below from â€œThe Nationâ€ addresses this, and says that Moyers could be a viable candidate. Who knows? It appears that Bill Moyers has quashed discussion on the subject (go to http://billmoyersforpresident.org/). But stranger things have happened in American politicsâ€¦
What would happen if all of us literate liberals here in the blogosphere and elsewhere used the Net to rally support for Moyers? Maybe we can change the world. Moyers: The choice for intelligent leadership.
Toward the dream of taking our country back, Molly Ivins wants us to write letters to Bill Moyers…. Ivins thinks that Moyers as a presidential candidate would both elevate the discourse and provide the Democrats with a clue of what a spine looks like.
An added bonus would be the chance for those from the Dark Side to see what kindness and humility look like.
He wouldn’t win, but America might.
Face it folks, what Democrats are best known for is the willingness to say whatever they think you want to hear. There is nothing they believe in strongly enough to throw caution to the wind and risk defeat.
Democrats are desperate because they lack courage. And I feel desperate for courageous leadership.
Amazingly, they still don’t get that the failure to summon the courage to stand for something is a lose/lose proposition. They lose elections. The nation loses the hope of surviving these dark times.
Moyers/Ivins in ’08? Why the hell not? I mean, why the hell not??
I have to say, when I started reading Molly Ivins’ article, I was highly skeptical, because I thought Molly Ivins considered Moyers’ election at all likely. It’s not: he’s expressed too many opinions too openly, and has mused about enough possibilities that the Republicans could take him out of context and make him look like the AntiChrist with less than a day’s serious work. There comes a point in many people’s lives when their free expression makes it impossible for them to be elected president, and so they take on other roles.
But by the end of Ivins’ article, I got it: the idea is not for Moyers to be elected president. The idea is for Moyers to run for president. The idea is to get him up there on the stage and say what nobody else is willing to say, in that folksy understated and pensive way of his that makes it really hard to disagree with him publicly without looking really hardhearted. Moyers says a lot of the things that Dennis Kucinich says, and a few of the things that Noam Chomsky says, but unlike Kucinich and Chomsky Moyers manages to not come off as a nut in his mode of expression. So yeah, I guess this is a pretty good idea.
Moyers himself makes a Moyers 2008 argument when he writes:
An unconscious people, an indoctrinated people, a people fed only on partisan information and opinion that confirm their own bias, a people made morbidly obese in mind and spirit by the junk food of propaganda, is less inclined to put up a fight, to ask questions and be skeptical. That kind of orthodoxy can kill a democracy — or worse.
Molly Ivins, ever practical, suggests that if you want a Bill Moyers candidacy, you send him an encouraging postcard at P.O. Box 309, Bernardsville, NJ 07924.