President (or Senator) Dobbs?
by Jason Rosenberg, Thu Nov 19, 2009 at 03:33:15 PM EST
Speculations as to what Lou Dobbs would do next were abound when the CNN host suddenly announced his resignation from the network. Was he going to Fox News? Was he going to run for office? Well, it looks like Lou is suggesting that he is thinking about running for office. In this Reuters story, Dobbs doesn't say that he is or isn't running for office, but he "ruling nothing out. ... I have come to no conclusions and no decisions,"From Reuters:
PHOENIX (Reuters) - A week after abruptly quitting his longtime job as a CNN television news host and commentator, Lou Dobbs said on Thursday he is considering career options including possible runs for the White House or U.S. Senate.
"Right now I feel exhilaration at the wide range of choices before me as to what I do next," Dobbs, whose outspoken views on immigration and other topics often angered liberals, told Reuters in a telephone interview from New York on Thursday.
Dobbs, 64, a veteran CNN anchor who had become one of the most divisive figures in U.S. broadcast journalism, announced last Wednesday he was leaving CNN after spending the better part of 30 years at the 24-hour cable news network.
He still hosts a daily radio show.
With all the choices before him, this story does point out some of Dobbs' downside.
A Texas native, Dobbs has drawn fire from Latino leaders and civil rights groups for frequent on-air remarks about U.S. border control and immigration that critics saw as demonizing illegal immigrants.
He was also seen as lending credence to the "birther" conspiracy theory, whose adherents believe President Barack Obama's Hawaiian birth certificate was faked to hide a Kenyan birthplace that would make the first black U.S. president ineligible for his office.
Dobbs acknowledged his commentary also stirred friction with CNN executives.
Discussions with CNN/U.S. President Jonathan Klein made it clear Dobbs' style of combining news and opinion was untenable at the network, Dobbs said.
Then again, he may go back to television or play baseball or become a professional rodeo clown since he has a "wide range of choices before me as to what I do next."
What should Lou do next?