Courting the elusive xenophobe vote

Please, let this be true:
Former CNN host Lou Dobbs fueled already rampant speculation about his political future Monday, sending the clearest signals yet that he's mulling a bid for president—and leaving third-party political operatives salivating over the possibility of a celebrity recruit for the 2012 campaign.

Less than two weeks after announcing his departure from the cable network—and following a series of interviews in which Dobbs encouraged speculation about his political plans—the anchorman known to fans as "Mr. Independent" finally made his presidential ambitions explicit on former Sen. Fred Thompson's radio show Monday.

Asked if he might make a run at the White House in 2012, Dobbs answered flatly: "Yes is the answer."

Let it be. Please, let Lou Dobbs run, and siphon off anti-immigration conservatives from the Republican candidate. Please let 2012 be easier than anyone could have expected.

Also, I think this is fantastic:
"I would assume he's going independent, since he's made a very strong case that that's where he is," said Bay Buchanan, who ran Pat Buchanan's 2000 campaign for president as the Reform Party's candidate. "There's enormous movement out there, I think more so than when Pat ran. I think they've really given up on Republicans, they've given up on Democrats; so he would be stepping into something where a path had been laid."

Buchanan added: "I think he can win."

I think Bay Buchanan is... wrong. I think Lou Dobbs would lose. He would never carry any state with a large Hispanic population (goodbye, Florida or California or New York) and would fail to swing nearly enough left-of-center voters to carry any other large states. He could deep-six the Republican candidate, however. That would be great.

1 comment:

  1. I doubt he would get enough money to even get his name on the ballot most states, but if he can and he act like a right wing Nader, then I say great too, though I doubt Obama needs that help.