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.
"I would assume he's going independent, since he's made a very strong case that that's where he is," Buchanan told 'Politico'. "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. I think he can win."
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.
"There's a populist streak in the voting public that spans both left and right, and so you've got the combination of this protectionist element and immigration on one hand, on the right. And on the left you've got this anti-bailout, Wall Street, focus-on-Main Street kind of sentiment," Mulford said. "That streak in American politics is something that's often ignored."
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]