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.