We've known for awhile that Lou Dobbs has, er, a bit of a problem with reality.
But this pretty much confirms it:
- We noted the speculation earlier this week and now John Fund reports that friends of CNN anchor Lou Dobbs "say he is seriously contemplating" a presidential bid, "although it's still unlikely."
"They spin a scenario under which the acerbic commentator would parachute into the race if Michael Bloomberg, the New York billionaire and favorite of East Coast elites, enters the field as an independent. With Hillary Clinton continuing to score badly in polls in the categories of honesty and integrity, and with the public's many doubts about Rudy Giuliani and other GOP contenders, Mr. Bloomberg may well see an opportunity to roil the political waters by entering the race late. If so, Mr. Dobbs then sees a niche for a 'fourth-party' candidate who could paint the three other contenders as completely out of touch."
"His playbook would be similar to that of Ross Perot in 1992, who didn't enter the presidential race until the major parties began holding their primaries but quickly shot up to 25% in many polls."
Gee, I wonder if Dobbs decided to run another one of his CNN Instapolls to measure what his support would be like. Because that's probably the only data he could be looking at in this regard.
Dobbs was in Seattle earlier this week peddling his aw-shucks populism. Personally, I've always thought the scariest people were the ones who believed their own bullshit.