What’s Next For Lou Dobbs?
Lou Dobbs has left CNN, but not the spotlight. What’s next for this CNN veteran may be predictable — he may come back to television or he may likely seek to run for public office.
Dobbs left us many clues in his goodbye speech Wednesday night when he mentioned that he will continue to advocate for the “issues” that he cared about the most, “the growth of our middle-class, the creation of more jobs, health care, immigration policy, the environment”…blah blah. Then he said this: “I will continue to strive, to deal honestly and to straight forwardly with those issues in the future.”
The New York Times has written about Dobb’s departure, saying that FOX News has not made any decisions with respect to hiring Dobbs. The truth of the matter is that Dobbs may not go to FOX News or their cable business network. There are already too many other crazies at FOX News who have all the racist, extremist and lunatic angles covered.
In this economic crisis, finding jobs for reporters and TV anchors is not easy and a man with a big ego like Dobbs may want to skip the jobs search and instead be seriously looking into a future in politics — don’t forget that he mentioned that there is a “lack of true representation” in Washington.
What’s difficult to understand about a possible career in politics for Dobbs is that the man stands for some lefty and right-wing ideas. He is clearly anti-immigrant, but he is also pro-choice and gay-friendly. He is pro-gun control, but he also despises capitalism. He is definitely well suited to be an independent, and he may get a lot of support from both moderates and right-wingers if he ever decides to run for office.
Let’s remember that there hasn’t been a strong independent presidential candidate since Ross Perot because to run as an independent it takes lots of money. A good example of this is Ralph Nader, who has always struggled to fund a successful campaign due to lack of $$.
But Lou Dobbs is rumored to have a salary of $10 million a year, and if he was a good saver his bank account could probably give him a good chance at running for some kind of public office all on his own.
For the moment, we may get to see a more of Dobbs in the months to come. He may write a book or be a guest in the TV and radio talk show circuit for a while. But whatever Dobbs does, he will be under the microscope; all the organizations that fought to get him off the air for the past few years will be vigilant and will be closely watching his every move.
Finally, let’s just hope that Lou Dobbs goes back to his love for space and the universe on his website, Space.com. That may be good for him and for the rest of who want to live in a more harmonious Earth without bigots showing up on our televisions.