Bill Moyers in '92

September 04, 1991|By The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer

TOM HARKIN. Paul Tsongas. Bill Clinton. Tweedledum. Tweedledee. Unless other candidates enter the field, one of those men will be the Democratic opponent for George Bush in 1992. If so, the "D" by the candidate's name on the ballot won't just stand for Democrat. It will stand for "Doomed."

The party would do better to look outside the politics-is-my-life crowd and nominate a small-d democrat whose vision for America is based on an understanding deeper than a pollster's charts. The Democrats should draft Bill Moyers.

President Bush has no domestic agenda to speak of. As problems fester, he waves the flag, plans another overseas jaunt and puts his trust in the private sector to make things right at home. Yet Bush, buoyed by his aw-shucks charm, his successes abroad and his opponents' disarray, is enormously popular. Unless the Democrats offer a compelling alternative, he is a shoo-in.

To beat George Bush, the Democrats must offer their own version of Ronald Reagan -- a candidate who can communicate a vision of America that captures the imagination of the voters, and can compel Bush to produce a GOP plan for meeting the nation's domestic needs. Perhaps one of the virtually unknown Democrats can do that, but it's a long shot.

Since his service as a top aide to President Lyndon Johnson, Moyers has become an informed, compassionate critic of the moral and political doldrums in America. The Democrats need his vision in 1992.

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