Now that we’ve got the whole Romney episode behind us, the landscape comes more clearly into view.
The key question has to be: How long before Lou Dobbs will decide whether to mount a third-party run for the presidency?
He has been very coy so far, but the way things have worked out could not possibly have been more evocative of the scenario Dobbs would pose as most compelling: Regardless of how it plays out between now and the two Conventions, we are going to have a presidential campaign this fall in which both major party candidates are rock-solid open borders advocates.
Both Senators Clinton and Obama voted for the 2007 “comprehensive” immigration reform bill which would have immediately legalized tens of millions of illegal aliens and pushed millions of those waiting in line for legal immigration to the back of the line.
Senator McCain wrote the bill.
McCain now says he has gotten the message and will secure the border first, and anybody who believes that should go down to the border and enjoy an afternoon under the shade of the 800-mile border fence that was signed into law in 2006.
So no matter what, if one of the major party candidates wins we will have four years … er, four more years … of a pro-illegal administration in the White House.
As far as I have heard Dobbs has refused to out and out discount the possibility of a presidential run, but has continued to deny he has such a thing in mind.
The most compelling evidence I have seen that he DOES have that very thing in mind is that much of his recent rhetoric makes no sense if he is not planning to run for president. His new book, Independents Day, consists of a litany of problems for which the only solution will be the emergence of unnamed “independent” political leaders who presumably happen to espouse the exact policies and world view as would Lou Dobbs – however these policies are nowhere spelled out. I found the book interesting, because it does bring together in one narrative a number of major problems our country is facing – but frankly, it leaves one with a “so what” reaction because listing problems doesn’t really contribute much to solving them.
His recent messages on the nightly show follow this same pattern. A couple weeks ago he did a special program supposedly exploring the current presidential candidates to determine which ones are addressing the critical issues of the day, and all we got was a succession of discussion panels affirming that our nation has a host of problems. (It looks like there will be either a tape of that program or another installment of it on tonight at 8:00 pm EST, by the way).
On the other hand, if the author of the book does have answers to the problems enumerated within, and suddenly bursts upon the political scene espousing these answers, then the book becomes a valuable tool in the debate.
In addition, it contains some typos and redundancies which definitely indicate a rushed editing job – as though the book had to be available by the beginning of the year, because, well, possibly to coincide with some type of public event that kicked off that month. Like possibly the 2008 presidential campaign.
So here we have it, a perfect storm if there ever was one. I guarantee Lou Dobbs is giving this matter some serious thought, and that by the time it sinks in with the general public that we are on the road to an avowed open borders presidency, there will be a whole lot more people asking Lou what he plans to do.