He must be running for something.
Calling himself “a wiser Lou Dobbs,” the pompous commentator told Bill O’Reilly Thursday that he supports immigration reform with a path to citizenship- the kind of bill proposed by a coalition now unthinkable: President Bush, John McCain, and Ted Kennedy in 2007.
The next big domestic item on the Democrats' domestic agenda will be immigration reform. and the new bill will look something like the one vociferously opposed in 2007 by conservative media such as Dobbs, Limbaugh, Savage and their clones plus Fox News info-puppets like Hannity and O’Reilly. They threatened individual Senators, got them carpet-bombed with angry activist astroturf and threatened individual Senators who misinterpreted all the noise as some kind of consensus.
In the end, a timid and terrified Senate filibustered. It was a great media victory for the right, despite that Americans poll overwhelmingly (over 70%) to support a “guest workers plan” and a path to legal citizenship for the undocumented.
DOBBS: I think the essence of the legislation of 2007 is right: pay a fine, learn English, commit to assimilation in the United States, and begin a path to citizenship…there should also be another guest worker program. [...]
O’REILLY: You sound very moderate. As you said, “I’m the tougher guy here.” Why do you think Hispanics come after you so hard?
DOBBS: I think in part — one thing is my own stupidity. I put forward a statement: rational, effective, humane policy…the emphasis became in the debate of my combative nature the issue of border security first and foremost, versus reforming immigration policy. I’m saying the same thing, but I’m keeping it absolutely combined.
Dobbs did his credibility, reputation, and broadcasting career irreparable damage when he refused to de-brace the birther nonsense last year. CNN soon found it in their hearts to can his sorry ass.But his latest slithering to the middle has turned off his old nativist base. Last month the anti-immigrant group Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) announced it’s dropping its support for Dobbs -even disabled its LouDobbsforPresident.org website, and Facebook page, “Draft Lou Dobbs for President for US Senate.”
They issued a statement:
Lou Dobbs has deeply offended his base of supporters and ALIPAC is going to remain loyal to those Americans who support our existing immigration laws instead of Amnesty disguised as reform.Rumors since he was fired from CNN have Dobbs pondering, not only a run for the presidency, but also for the Senate in 2012 against Senator Robert Menendez, the New Jersey Democrat,, and the only Hispanic in the Senate.