From the Political Insider, sent by my friend Joe:
Lou Dobbs For President?
Is populist CNN broadcaster Lou Dobbs mulling a political future? Writing at CNN.com last week, Dobbs said, “One year from now, we will have elected a new president. As eager as I am for that reality, I can’t imagine any one of the current candidates for their party’s nomination being chosen by the American people to lead this nation for the next four years. I believe the person elected a year from now will be an Independent populist, a man or woman who understands the genius of this country lies in the hearts and minds of its people and not in the prerogatives and power of its elites.”
Dobbs continued, “As I travel around the country, my feeling about the lack of true candidates is validated by those I talk with: They are not excited about the candidates seeking their party’s nomination.” He concluded by saying, “I believe next November’s surprise will be the election of a man or woman of great character, vision and accomplishment, a candidate who has not yet entered the race.”Dobbs is hitting the trail — the book-tour trail — with “Independent’s Day“, which his publisher calls “an independent populist’s view of the critical issues and challenges that confront the presidential candidates and American voters as we approach the 2008 election.” And according to MarketWatch columnist Jon Friedman, former CNN executive and producerDavid Bernknopf is wondering if Dobbs’s musings mean he is “testing the waters for a presidential run.”
If Dobbs did run, it would have to be as an independent given that the primary season begins in just six weeks. And with an average 825,000 viewers per night in October, Dobbs’s audience alone would not carry him to the White House. A Dobbs run, though unlikely, could play a role in what seems to be his real mission, though — to establish himself as America’s premier critic of globalization, free trade accords, and loose immigration policies. Like Gary Bauer and Alan Keyes before him, a Dobbs campaign would be more about cementing Dobbs’s place in a movement than about actually winning the presidency.
It is unlikely that Dobbs will run, but with both major parties likely to nominate pro-free trade candidates, he would certainly make a splash if he did. (Several Draft Dobbs websites already exist.)