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Lou Dobbs Is Probably Running For President

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How else does one explain his rambling, otherwise totally off-topic "farewell" address on CNN tonight?  We never bought the whole "Lou Dobbs is going to Fox" story.  What, because he had some fiery comments about immigration at one point suddenly he's got the kind of right-wing credentials to be on Fox?  We think not (but we've been befuddled by stupidity before).  How absolutely apropos would it be to have a candidate for high office in the United States from the pinnacle of a toothless media establishment?

Don't think so?  Wait for it... wait for it....

And as for the important work of restoring inspiration to our great free society and our market economy, I will strive as well to be a leader in that national conversation.

Same vague, rambling and ultimately meaningless platitudes that have characterized national politics for the last 30 years.  Might as well be an announcement.

This is my favorite part though:

Over the past six months it's become increasingly clear that strong winds of change have begun buffeting this country and affecting all of us.

Gee, what ever do you think could "winds of change" refer to?

And now that you mention it... who, exactly, picked the background for this farewell segment?

 

Lou, buddy, the debates aren't for a little while yet.

America has just jumped the shark and the Sea Ray is fresh out of gas.

Still, there is a kind of symmetry to it all.  The guy certainly has the ego for national politics.  We wondered briefly if he might not be running for Congress, but a senior Zero Hedger pointed out that ole'Lou is smart enough to realize that you need 10 years in the legislature before you have any power at all to speak of.  The guy doesn't strike us as the patient sort once he gets moving.  Sort of like a loaded coal freight.  Sooty, lumbering and slow.  Full of it.  But also possessed of a great, languid and indomitable momentum.

Here's the whole thing.  Try to keep your soup down:

Tonight I want to turn to a personal note, if I may, and address a matter that has raised some curiosity. This will be my last broadcast here on CNN, where I've worked for most of the past 30 years, and where I have many friends and colleagues whom I admire deeply and respect greatly.

 

I'm the last of the original anchors here on CNN and I'm proud to have had the privilege to helping to build the world's first news network. I'm grateful for the many opportunities that CNN has given me over the many years. I've tried to reciprocate with a full measure of my ability.

 

Over the past six months it's become increasingly clear that strong winds of change have begun buffeting this country and affecting all of us. And some leaders in media, and in politics and business have been urging me to go beyond the role at CNN and to engage in constructive problem solving as well as to contribute positively to the great understanding of the issues of our day and to continue to do so in the most honest and direct language possible.

 

I've talked extensively with Jonathan Klein. John's the president of CNN, and as a result of those talks, John and I have agreed to a release from my contract that will enable me to pursue new opportunities. At this point, I'm considering a number of options, and directions, and I assure you, I will let you know when I set my course.

I truly believe that the major issues of our time include -- the growth of our middle-class, the creation of more jobs, health care, immigration policy, the environment, climate change, and our military involvement, of course, in Afghanistan and Iraq.

 

But each of those issues is, in my opinion, informed by our capacity to demonstrate strong resilience of our now weakened capitalist economy and demonstrate the political will to overcome the lack of true representation in Washington, D.C.

 

I believe these to be profoundly, critically important issues, and I will continue to strive to deal honestly and straightforwardly with those issues in the future. Unfortunately, these issues are now defined in the public arena by partisanship and ideology rather than by rigorous, empirical thought and forthright analysis and discussion.

 

I'll be working diligently to change that as best I can. And as for the important work of restoring inspiration to our great free society and our market economy, I will strive as well to be a leader in that national conversation.

 

It's been my great honor to work with each and every person at this wonderful network. I will be eternally grateful to CNN, to Ted Turner, and to all of my colleagues and friends and, of course, to you at home.

 

I thank you, and may God bless you.

 


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Thu, 11/12/2009 - 02:29 | Link to Comment MyKillK
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President? Unlikely. Congress, maybe.

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 15:52 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Thu, 11/12/2009 - 02:32 | Link to Comment loup garou
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The AP article I read included this snippet: “His persistent advocacy against illegal immigration angered many.

Well, lah-de-dah -- Persistent illegal immigration angers many more!

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 10:01 | Link to Comment digalert
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I credit Lou for beating the illegal immigrant mantra. Despite being lamented by the whacked out PC crowd that's hijacked this country. A proper analysis, IMO, will show that the majority is in agreement with Lou on the illegal, repeat for the moron crowd, ILLEGAL immigrant problem. I'm quite sure Americans don't have an immigrant problem, it's the illegals.

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 17:25 | Link to Comment DaveyJones
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They say he quit CNN but I hear he lost his job to some Mexican

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 17:34 | Link to Comment gezza65
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Bernie Burrito is taking over.

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 19:29 | Link to Comment geopol
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They say he quit CNN, but I hear he lost his job to some Mexican... Marla, this is racist...

 

Illegal alien...or Immigrant... The PC Police are in recesses... News at eleven...

 

DJ  Be careful as SOME MEXICAN can be considered as violent accusation by default..

What is SOME MEXICAN??  Please explain.. DJ

 

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 02:41 | Link to Comment Cheeky Bastard
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"Winds of change" by the Scorpions or am i missing something here ...

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 02:50 | Link to Comment Capitalist Man
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I thought that was about the fall of Communism not its precipitous rise? 

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 02:54 | Link to Comment Cheeky Bastard
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It works both ways ....

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 10:02 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Thu, 11/12/2009 - 02:50 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Thu, 11/12/2009 - 02:54 | Link to Comment Assetman
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Sounds like the "winds of change" out of Lou Dobbs is nothing more than a bag of hot air coming from a different direction.  Dobbs simply misses the mark in properly identifying the "important issues of our time", and does so badly.  Doh!

Yeah, yeah, Lou... we hear you loud and clear-- change you can believe in.

Yawn.

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 11:27 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Thu, 11/12/2009 - 12:43 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Thu, 11/12/2009 - 13:43 | Link to Comment Assetman
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If Lou Dobbs is, indeed, a true supporter of the (shrinking)middle class, he much better off exposing fraud and decipt occuring at the highest levels of government and the financial oligarchy-- and make political and financial reform a cenntral part of his platfrom.

While illegal immigration and racial discrimination are "hot button" issues, I can guarantee you that the Federal Reserve is doing more to the erode the standards of living of the middle class than anything going on with immigration policy.

The sad thing is, we really ARE operating from a very low bar.  But Lou Dobbs really hasn't said much that terribly excites me, either.  So far I see more fluff than substance-- but he has every right between now and 2012 to prove me wrong.

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 20:45 | Link to Comment Anonymous
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Thu, 11/12/2009 - 14:25 | Link to Comment Boop
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The "God Bless You" seals it. He is running for President.

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 03:02 | Link to Comment Anonymous
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Thu, 11/12/2009 - 15:12 | Link to Comment Orly
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And he would make a far more honest and respectable senator than Hutchinson, too.  There is something greasy or shady about that woman...but who else should get my vote?  Kinky Friedman?

Please.

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 03:06 | Link to Comment hidingfromhelis
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Over the past six months it's become increasingly clear that strong winds of change have begun buffeting this country and affecting all of us.

Well, he's got the level of insight necessary to be a politician.  Just noticed that in the last six months, did you Lou?

 

Gratuitous "winds of change" quote I've always liked:

"When the winds of change blow hard enough, the most trivial of things can turn into deadly projectiles."

 

Um Lou, before you drape yourself in the flag to run for...whatever, you may want to acquaint yourself with the reality (see above quote) that the rest of us are dealing with in our lives.

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 03:18 | Link to Comment SRV - ES339
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How 'bout a Lou & Sarah ticket... can you buy stock in SNL?

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 03:26 | Link to Comment hidingfromhelis
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No, we don't need another freaking' memoir!

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 03:26 | Link to Comment j0sh1130
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oh man.  i hope he doesnt do that.

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 03:39 | Link to Comment chancee
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All I know is he wants the illegals out of here and he's one of the few I've seen take a stand on it.  I'd vote for him.

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 14:04 | Link to Comment snorkeler
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Good way to reduce unemployment: "The illegal immigrant squad".  Squad "agents" are paid slightly more than the TSA folks because its "field work".

Hmmmm, where have I heard of something like this before???

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 04:14 | Link to Comment Anonymous
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Thu, 11/12/2009 - 06:07 | Link to Comment dleddy14
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You guys are too brilliant.  Sweet as.

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 06:14 | Link to Comment maff
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He's been watching that Robin William's film "Man of the year" but I don't want to damn the film by association - its not bad.

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 06:44 | Link to Comment Dont Taze Me Bro
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God I hope this is true. I feel like I have died and gone to heaven.

 

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 07:02 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Thu, 11/12/2009 - 11:56 | Link to Comment Slewburger
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Lou was born in a banana republic too?

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 07:03 | Link to Comment Anonymous
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Thu, 11/12/2009 - 13:45 | Link to Comment Assetman
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Unfortuntely, Dobbs sounds more like Sam Brownback than Ron Paul.

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 08:01 | Link to Comment Charley
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He doesn't have to run. I promise I won't chase him...

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 08:22 | Link to Comment lieutenantjohnchard
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regardless his qualifications for high office he understands the wants and needs of the middle class. he's held thousands of interviews and debates over the years on tv and radio. he knows the issues. i see him more of a populist, man of the people (research his background) type guy than an elitist snob that we've all come to hate. mea culpa: i secretely watched his show on cnn (stench) for years just for the immigration segment. 

if he were in the mix he would frame the debate, and make a lot of folks uneasy. 

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 09:18 | Link to Comment FischerBlack
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He understand the wants and needs of the middle class? What does that even mean? Who cares? We don't need another Ivy League fuckwad 'framing debates' on anything. Go away Lou Dobbs, and just stay away. Do us all a favor.

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 10:00 | Link to Comment dnarby
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"if he were in the mix he would frame the debate, and make a lot of folks uneasy."

Now you're talkin'.

...He'd be like a white Al Sharpton, but taking it seriously (because he'd have a legitimate chance). XD

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 08:23 | Link to Comment Anonymous
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Thu, 11/12/2009 - 11:43 | Link to Comment SWRichmond
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Deflection.  It's not about immigration, it's about illegal imigration being an official policy of the U.S. government, to lower the average wage (and living standard), and to vote for more government.

Nice use of words in your brief post, though.  I see you were able to use "demagogue", "pandering" and "ugly".  And you were able to place "ugly" and "demagogue" within 4 words of "Dobbs" twice!  Kind of like Scrabble where you get extra points?

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 12:49 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Fri, 11/13/2009 - 04:50 | Link to Comment Apocalypse Now
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Nailed it, very astute.

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 08:54 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Thu, 11/12/2009 - 08:54 | Link to Comment CharlesBronson
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Marla, no, no you missed the whole of it.

Whereas he has made some very misguided remarks in the past, I appreciate the fact that Lou has tried hard to draw clear distinction between the true plight of the middleclass as perceived by those that simply do not understand capitalism/commerce and those that have engaged in both their whole lives.

 

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 09:10 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Thu, 11/12/2009 - 09:12 | Link to Comment FischerBlack
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LOL. This guy *loves* himself.

Nobody cares, Dobbs. Really. Nobody cares one bit what you're doing or where you're doing it. Next, please.

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 09:15 | Link to Comment Anonymous
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Thu, 11/12/2009 - 09:42 | Link to Comment poydras
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To whatever degree he assists in exposing the fraud, great.

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 09:57 | Link to Comment dnarby
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+10

Glad someone else gets it!

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 09:42 | Link to Comment berlinjames02
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I honestly don't know how reporters can stand to work for ANY of the news channels for more than 1 month (let alone, 30 years).

MSM beats everyone with 24 hours coverage of important events, such as 'Balloon boy', John and Kate Gosselin, Jackson's funeral, and the myriad of other 'Breaking News Updates' that don't provide a lick of new or valuable information. I also like how the same questions are asked to multiple people for several hours until the information is finally presented in a press conference.

As someone above more succinctly put it: "Who Cares?"

 

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 10:39 | Link to Comment John Self
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And don't forget the race to put out information first; to hell with the question of whether it's accurate.  How many news outlets reported that Nidal Hassan was dead and that there were multiple shooters at Ft. Hood?

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 14:51 | Link to Comment RockyRacoon
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OMG!  Jacko is dead??!!  I gotta get out more.  Excuse me while I get on the Tweet machine.

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 09:53 | Link to Comment Sqworl
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I would vote for him if he ran against Schumer!

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 09:57 | Link to Comment convexity
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Hate to be a literary stick in the mud Marla, but "languid and indomitable" in your phrase about his momentum  would effectively cancel each other out.  This is an example of an antonym.  Languid is weak whereas indomitable is unconquerable. 

Having said that, perhaps that was your point, he is unqualified and weak, yet probably unbeatable if enough card carrying Palinites follow him to the polls.  Wouldn't be the 1st time such an event happened. 

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 10:33 | Link to Comment Anonymous
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Thu, 11/12/2009 - 15:44 | Link to Comment Orly
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Ja.

And the use of "apropos" isn't correct, either but why do we insist on being grammar police when we are trying to sort out incredibly complex financial mechanisms on this site?   I'm just saying, in general.  Shouldn't we try to not parse words but come to a mutual understanding instead?

Anyways, the real question with Dobbs is will Americans respond to a man with such large and shiny teeth?

Before you smirk, really think about it.  Whatever his ideas, if Americans perceive him as strange-looking, then they won't vote for him.  It didn't work for H. Ross Perot!

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 10:09 | Link to Comment Anonymous
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Thu, 11/12/2009 - 11:43 | Link to Comment sixmil
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This has the about the same sting as South Park on Glen Beck.

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 11:46 | Link to Comment OttoOtto
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I think he mentioned heading to the border with an assault rifle and an English-Spanish dictionary.

 

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 11:48 | Link to Comment Problem Is
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I would rather see Louis Rukeyser run for president.

Disclosure: I hope none of the above violates any of Marla's new rules and etiquette crackdown...

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 11:51 | Link to Comment Gimp
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Lou was fun to watch on CNN as he was constantly "pissing in the wind" of his employers, the whacky left PC crowd but as far as him running for office do we really need another Ivy Leaguer to assume their rightful place (in their mind) to  tell us dumb Americans what we can and cannot do??

Rather vote for someone who graduated from the Mid-South U of BumpluckEgypt who has some down to earth common sense.

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 12:10 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Thu, 11/12/2009 - 18:17 | Link to Comment Problem Is
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Is that you Lou?

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 12:28 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Sat, 11/14/2009 - 01:01 | Link to Comment DaveyJones
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I think everyone on the earth fits the first half of that sentence

including her daughter

 

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 12:36 | Link to Comment Mad Max
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America has just jumped the shark and the Sea Ray is fresh out of gas.

So true.

I don't care, I won't be voting for Lou.  I'll be voting for Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho, I expect.  Only in the hopes of getting Not Sure several years down the road.

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 13:16 | Link to Comment JR
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First of all, the current direction of this country needs all the critics it can get; and it needs fewer supporters.  To design a hit piece on a critic such as Lou Dobbs, regardless of the several wrong positions he takes, is to stand squarely with the establishment in this country. 

The interesting thing to anticipate in the Dobb’s announcement is how much stronger can he now make his criticism without the constraints of a cable contract? Where will his criticism lead? I suggest it will be much stronger and hopefully on the positions that this anti-establishment movement needs. 

The best thing he can do is to begin to tear down constraining state rules which permit the two political parties to hand pick establishment candidates and that barricade reform candidates.  If Dobbs will run for president with these criticisms, I am hopeful that it will open the way for other third parties.

Regardless of ego and position problems, Dobbs has been a voice for the workingman and a critic of socialist and politically correct policies, whether they be Republican or Democrat.  How on earth can someone muster the nerve to criticize this workingman support after the corrosive weight of big government that has taken away the livelihoods of these honest people?  I would not vote for Lou Dobbs for president because of some of his views.  But if I were you, Marla, I would be ashamed.

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 14:06 | Link to Comment Prophet of Wise
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Lou took a walk to the edge of the plank and the pirate priests of cannibalism told him to shut the f&*% up or jump

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 14:38 | Link to Comment thebone
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I spoke to a few guys who work for the show and he was seen having dinner with the President of FOX a few weeks ago. Not that anybody gives a shit, but thats probably where he is headed next

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 15:07 | Link to Comment Jonas Parker
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Maybe Lou wants to go over to FOX News to whup on Gerry Rivers... oops, I mean Geraldo Rivera

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 17:31 | Link to Comment michigan independant
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And who else has been on task lately, as in over the last 3 to 5 years? Does America have enough backbone to support a Constitution? Living in a fly over State kind of sharpens your dissent lately. I have contacted both party's over many years and I feel they have disconnected for far to long as we can see. Imagine a sound monetary base and Americans taking responsible action. 

I am not pro anything but common sense so where is it anymore other than follow the money. Being President after this long Winter and fiscal insanity who can we trust anyway? Will things turn around over the next two years? No not from my vantage point since we have not hit bottum yet. Corporate will cut as far as it has to and really we are not done yet are we on that aspect. Stabalized is not recovery. Both party's failed there duty.

 

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 17:54 | Link to Comment laughing_swordfish
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I could see voting for Lou Dobbs.

On both immigration and "globalization" he has been more consistently correct than any of the other MSM commentators over the last several years.

Most likely the Senate though - he's a little bit too "radically right" to be elected President.

KptLt. laughing swordfish

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