How does "Bill Moyers for President" sound to you? The long time
Democrat and special assistant to President Lyndon B. Johnson would
surely widen the political debate inside the Democratic Party and its
primaries in 2008.
For over a year, since leaving Public Television and his luminous Friday
night program /NOW/, Moyers has been completing a book about President
Johnson. His periodic lectures on the politics of progressive populism
and the dangers of corporate power and abuses have thrilled large civic
audiences and circulated widely on the Internet.
A few months ago, columnists Molly Ivins and John Nichols wrote about
the desirability of Moyers' tossing his hat into the ring. In his
private conversations with friends, I am told, he has not ruled out a
run. On the contrary he showed some interest in an exchange with an old
Moyers brings impressive credentials beyond his knowledge of the White
House-Congressional complexes. He puts people first. Possessed of a deep
sense of history relating to the great economic struggles in American
history between workers and large companies and industries, Moyers today
is a leading spokesman on the need to deconcentrate the manifold
concentrations of political and economic power by global corporations.
He is especially keen on doing something about media concentration about
which he knows from recurrent personal experience as a television
commentator, investigator, anchor and newspaper editor.
As millions of viewers and readers over the decades know, Bill Moyers is
unusually articulate and authentic in evaluating the unmet necessities
and framing the ignored solutions in our country.
He has interviewed hundreds of authors, scholars, politicians and
activists demonstrating his penchant for being well prepared in advance.
Moyers would bring to the Democratic Party a much needed understanding
of the South, its political, populist and religious history and
contemporary dynamics. His Baptist, Texas background would help his
Party understand how to stop writing off the South to the Republicans
from the Presidential to the state and local levels and how to become
engaged in this fastest growing region of the nation.
Few people can bridge the perceived gaps between political regions. His
books demonstrate that unique and calm ability to persuade people to
come to grips with fundamentals. His presence in the Presidential
primary debates would not be marginalized.
Moyers has done numerous television programs on the corruption of money
in politics-commercial money given to incumbents and candidates with the
understanding that there is a /quid pro quo/. He wouldn't follow those
paths. Still he would have to raise money without strings attached to be
credible to the media and the pollsters.
This is where Moyers has an advantage over other progressive candidates
either within the Democratic Party, like Dennis Kucinich, or in the
Green Party, like Peter Camejo and Howie Hawkins.
Moyers has the best contacts among well-to-do progressive Americans of
anyone I know. People, who want nothing in return but clean politics,
responsive government and more power to the people to make corporations
servants, not masters, respect Moyers.
My guess is that with a good campaign staff he could raise $30 million
during the primary season and receive millions more in federal matching
funds. Such a sum would not come close to the cash that Hillary Clinton
or John Kerry could raise. But carefully spent and connected to a
community based movement of new leaders to freshen and redirect the
Democratic Party, something of a breakthrough could happen.
At the least Moyers would quicken the pulse of his Party and give it
If you have any interest in this proposal contact me at P.O. Box 19312,
Washington, DC 20036.