Yesterday when Fred Thompson asked Lou Dobbs if he was weighing a presidential run, the former CNN anchor said, “Yes is the answer.” Couldn’t really be much clearer than that. But there is one thing that remains unclear — what party would Dobbs attach to his name?
Sure, he seems like a natural Republican, what with the fiery opposition to illegal immigration and the distaste for President Obama. But would he pass the party’s purity test? Bay Buchanan, whose brother Pat ran for president as a Reform Party candidate in 2000, thinks the man who calls himself “Mr. Independent” may fit best in a third party. And so do a bunch of others.
Former Sen. Dean Barkley, the founder of the Minnesota Reform Party and the man responsible for Jesse Ventura’s political career, thinks Dobbs would be a perfect candidate for his nascent party. “We were hoping he would have run last time,” he said.
Clay Mulford, who ran Ross Perot’s third-party campaign in 1992, thinks Dobbs’s views put him in perfect position to steal votes from both Democrats and Republicans.
A third party does seem like the way to go for Dobbs, if only because it would make for some mind-bending Palin/Obama/Dobbs debates in 2012.
Lou Dobbs mulls White House bid [Politico]