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Who Shut Down the Previous Draft Moyers Site?

There is nothing new under the sun – not even the movement to draft Bill Moyers to run for President of the United States. Eight months ago, someone started billmoyersforpresident.org, a Draft Bill Moyers web site.

Now, that site is gone – or almost gone. Almost all that remains is a mysterious message on the front page: “Sorry! We have been asked to discontinue this draft effort. Thank you for your interest and good wishes.”

What happenened to this previous website to draft Bill Moyers for President in 2008? Who was behind the web site? Who asked them to dismantle the web site, and why?

The site was registered to James Brett, who lives in Bastrop, Texas, on November 12, 2005. The site was last updated two months later. Brett appears to work for Universal Consulting Services. Who’s that? Beats me. The web site for that company reveals nothing.

There is also nothing about draftbillmoyers.org on the Archive.org Internet Archive Wayback Machine. Apparently, the site was too short-lived to be archived.

Who would request that the site to draft Bill Moyers would be shut down? Bill Moyers himself, or someone who has an interest in not having Bill Moyers run for President of the United States?

How did this mysterious person convince James Brett to take down the web site? Was asking nicely enough, or was pressure applied? Blackmail?

It wouldn’t seem in the nature of someone who starts a movement to draft a presidential candidate to quickly pack up and shut down without good reason. The nature of an effort to draft a presidential candidate is, after all, to be unauthorized.

We have been inspired by Molly Ivins’s column of a few days ago, in which she proposed the idea of asking Bill Moyers to run for President of the United States, not in order to win, but in order to elevate the Democratic debate. We have started a Draft Bill Moyers activist center here at Irregular Times. We won’t stop this effort without very good reason, and when we do, we’ll let you know why we’ve stopped.

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6 comments to Who Shut Down the Previous Draft Moyers Site?

  • Anna

    I have sent an email to Mr. Brett suggesting that he drop by and explain.

    I have also sent an email to Irregular Times, wistfully noting that if your “United We Stand” bumper stickers cost less than 3.95 each, we could get a lot more of them affixed to car bumpers.

    Mr. Brett has replied.

    (I.T. has not)

  • Note that we send 20 percent of that 3.95 in donations to progressive causes.

  • Jim

    Anna,

    We do sell a number of bumper stickers at bulk discounts, much less than $3.95 apiece. We buy these in large quantities as a result of silkscreen production, which allows us to sell them for less. The CafePress stickers are produced one at a time, which is what makes them more costly.

  • Anna

    Well, if you ever get the ‘united we stand’ bumpersticker done by silkscreen, I’d like some.

    And re the missing email, could you please check again Jim?
    (since this is rather disturbing)
    The email was

    to:
    submit [at] irregulartimes.com

    date:
    Sat, 22 Jul 2006 12:45:02 -0700 (PDT)

    from:
    Anna… (from email address that starts with my name, is at yahoo.com)

    Subject:
    bumper sticker request, re ‘united we stand’

    And really, there’s no record you got it?
    (If so, this is disturbing, would be the 2nd time in a couple weeks that an email sent from this account wasn’t received.)

  • Anna

    BTW, both Jim Brett (of “draft Moyers” site) and I tried to post his (long) explanation here as a comment, but it didn’t go through; he’s since posted his explanation on AmericanLiberalism.org, here

  • Jim

    Anna,

    After some searching, I found it. It was stuck way back there, in between some nasty spam. Since there is a lot of e-mail to go through, and I don’t always have the time during my day, and the spammers have gotten better and better at getting through, I can only check it every few days, and it takes me a few hours. But I DID find your e-mail after a real hunt, and I sent you a reply.

    Please let me know if you’re still interested, and we’ll proceed from there!

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