Lou Dobbs Is Probably Running For President

Marla Singer's picture

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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MyKillK's picture

President? Unlikely. Congress, maybe.

Anonymous's picture

Dobbs vs. Dodd ... watch for a move to CT prior to the Senate run.

loup garou's picture

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!

digalert's picture

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.

DaveyJones's picture

They say he quit CNN but I hear he lost his job to some Mexican

gezza65's picture

Bernie Burrito is taking over.

geopol's picture

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

 

Cheeky Bastard's picture

"Winds of change" by the Scorpions or am i missing something here ...

Capitalist Man's picture

I thought that was about the fall of Communism not its precipitous rise? 

Anonymous's picture

communism never fell.

Anonymous's picture

umm who cares?

Assetman's picture

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.

Anonymous's picture

Utter nonsense. Dobbs has been the only one in the MSM who's been standing up for the middle class, and doing a superb job of smacking down the lies of the racist groups like La Raza.

I had given up on our political system and stopped voting for the liars years ago.

I'll come out and vote for Dobbs.

Anonymous's picture

Agree. He's better than Obama or McCain, at least. Not that we're presenting a very high bar....

Assetman's picture

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.

Anonymous's picture

That's not really a strong argument. While I agree that the financial system is an important aspect, Dobbs has been poking at many of the issues over the years, including the financial system.

The Illegal Immigrant issue, and H1/L1 abuse is just one area that touches people in a way that they can see directly. Financial issues are more abstract for your average person.

But Dobbs has been the only one explicitly highlighting the importance of the middle class. And any one with an understanding of Economics knows how important that emphasis is.

Anonymous's picture

...not sure what is wrong with his little farewell speech. He seems to be making some perfectly legitimate jabs in there. I like it. I don't care for the "god bless you" at the end, but that's certainly not out of the ordinary.

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Boop's picture

The "God Bless You" seals it. He is running for President.

Anonymous's picture

Wonder if he's going to run for Senate in the spot Kay Bailey is vacating.

Given that its Texas, he'd win easily.

Would be awesome to see him in Congress.

Anonymous's picture

Hey...once he's in the Senate for four months he can then run for Pres. like the Bamma man did..........

Orly's picture

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.

hidingfromhelis's picture

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.

SRV - ES339's picture

How 'bout a Lou & Sarah ticket... can you buy stock in SNL?

hidingfromhelis's picture

No, we don't need another freaking' memoir!

j0sh1130's picture

oh man.  i hope he doesnt do that.

chancee's picture

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.

snorkeler's picture

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???

Anonymous's picture

Occam's Razor moment:

You don't think that this had anything to do with it, do ya?:

October 29, 2009

"A gunshot was fired at the New Jersey home of CNN's Lou Dobbs after a series of threatening phone calls earlier this month, the host told listeners on his nationally syndicated radio show."

Anonymous's picture

Its NJ dude, someone probably just harrassing him. (We save batteries and ice for the tri-state football teams)

Anonymous's picture

LD knows exactly jack about economics. I wouldn't vote for him for dog catcher.

Anonymous's picture

IIRC, he has a degree in Economics.

Perhaps you should vote for Ben Bernake or Alan Greenspan?

Anonymous's picture

Maybe. I imagine he could win even a Senate seat in the right state. A lot of people agree with Dobbs, despite the continual smear campaign from vested interests. I'd vote for him.

dleddy14's picture

You guys are too brilliant.  Sweet as.

maff's picture

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.

Dont Taze Me Bro's picture

God I hope this is true. I feel like I have died and gone to heaven.

 

Anonymous's picture

President? Ha, not after that whole birther ordeal

Slewburger's picture

Lou was born in a banana republic too?

Anonymous's picture

Relative to the rest of the TV anchors Lou was the most independent most likely to advocate for the middle class and for traditional American Values. And Relative to the whole of our national Legislature he is head and shoulders above them in personal integrity and vision of what the problems are and the solutions might be . . . except for Ron Paul and a few others.

Good for you, Lou

Anonymous's picture

Maybe he's decided to launch another website... space.com hasn't worked out quite the way he thought..

Anonymous's picture

Relative to the rest of the TV anchors Lou was the most independent most likely to advocate for the middle class and for traditional American Values. And Relative to the whole of our national Legislature he is head and shoulders above them in personal integrity and vision of what the problems are and the solutions might be . . . except for Ron Paul and a few others.

Good for you, Lou

Assetman's picture

Unfortuntely, Dobbs sounds more like Sam Brownback than Ron Paul.

Charley's picture

He doesn't have to run. I promise I won't chase him...

lieutenantjohnchard's picture

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. 

FischerBlack's picture

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.

dnarby's picture

"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

Anonymous's picture

Sounds like CNN's broke ass doesn't want to pay for his inflated ego!

Anonymous's picture

Enjoyed reading many excellent comments here.

Isn't Dobbs just another immigration demagogue? What makes him any different than those California politicians of the Pete Wilson era that were roundly defeated at the polls on the same anti-immigration platform? He's pandering, doh!

Americans aren't ugly about immigration. Dobbs hopes to change that.

SWRichmond's picture

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?