Your morning jolt: Lou Dobbs considers a White House run

Break out the mariachi band. This from Politico.com:

Former CNN host Lou Dobbs fueled already rampant speculation about his political future Monday, sending the clearest signals yet that he’s mulling a bid for president—and leaving third-party political operatives salivating over the possibility of a celebrity recruit for the 2012 campaign.

Less than two weeks after announcing his departure from the cable network—and following a series of interviews in which Dobbs encouraged speculation about his political plans—the anchorman known to fans as “Mr. Independent” finally made his presidential ambitions explicit on former Sen. Fred Thompson’s radio show Monday.

Asked if he might make a run at the White House in 2012, Dobbs answered flatly: “Yes is the answer.”

“I’m going to be talking some more with some folks who want me to listen in the next few weeks,” Dobbs told Thompson. “Right now I’m fortunate to have a number of wonderful options.”

The story behind the video shot by state Rep. Ralph Long, of a man pilfering Mary Norwood signs and delivering them to a Kasim Reed field office, devolved into a he-said, she-said affair on Monday.

This was what WXIA finally aired last night:

Long, a Norwood supporter, says he caught the Reed campaign paying for the signs, but the video doesn’t show an exchange.

The Rev. Mitzi Bickers, a Reed supporter, was on the video – and later said that the sign-stealer told her “he was paid by Rep. Ralph Long. We escorted him off the property.” She says it was a set up, in other words.

Long denies hiring the fellow, and has offered to strap himself to a lie detector. He’s challenged Bickers to do the same. But polygraph machines are hard to come by 48 hours before Thanksgiving.

What’s clear is that, as one wag e-mailed us, somebody needs to make sure that dues to the Screen Actors Guild are paid up. We’re just not in a position to say who.

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55 comments Add your comment

OMG

November 24th, 2009
9:33 am

Ralph Long is lying.

deegee

November 24th, 2009
9:40 am

Wasn’t Fred Thompson the celebrity recruit for the 2008 campaign?

Ha

November 24th, 2009
9:45 am

This is a very stupid story. Did they really think Kasim Reed staff was going to say yes we know the guy and had him steal the signs. Did they really think Rep. Long would admit he staged the incident? When they find this guy, you really think he won’t be paid already by one side to say which story is true. This is horrible reporting.

lmno

November 24th, 2009
9:51 am

This will cost one of them the election. Just not sure who yet.

The Late Maynord Jackson

November 24th, 2009
9:55 am

Kasim Reed will do for the Jackson Machine and maybe the people of Atlanta. What is that silly woman going to do but “bring change”, Atlanta is fine as it is, we don’t need any change. VOTE REED EARLY & OFTEN…

Churchill's MOM

November 24th, 2009
9:58 am

As much as I like Palin, I like Dobbs more. How about a Republican ticket of Dobbs and Palin. That would really shake up the RINOes in the party.. President Dobbs, that has a good sound to it. Run Lou Run.

frank

November 24th, 2009
10:06 am

Just goes to show everyone how racist the blacks are in Atlanta! They have been robbing the cty blind for years now, so what’s a few signs!

Rick Fontaine, 30311

November 24th, 2009
10:07 am

It appears to me that the Reed People will do anything they can to win. If they will lie about paying that homeless man when caught in the act, what else will they lie about. That homeless man needs to be found and interviewed.

Theft by Faking

November 24th, 2009
10:09 am

@ OMG

Why would Ralph Long risk his future in politics over some signs?

It does seem plausible that someone would risk their campaign for mayor over it though.

The Truth

November 24th, 2009
10:16 am

Childish….you’re not going to win based on road side signs….who cares? The hornets nest is swarming because a white women is standing toe to toe with a black candidate for mayor of Atlanta. This should be about the issues…not stupid yard signs.

Str8 from the Dec

November 24th, 2009
10:25 am

Jim, Why do you continue to ket people say such mean things on your blog? Frank- Please do not throw us all in a bubble of sin.

On another note,

Politics can be a mean place. I find it kind of fishy that as soon as Long put the signs out, a gent took them? Bottom line pay the guy for his story Jim and find out the truth.

Ralph

November 24th, 2009
10:25 am

If Lou runs, I am 100% behind him. Sign me up Lou.

billy

November 24th, 2009
10:33 am

Dobbs would never getenough black and hispanic votes to win and there are a considerable number of white voters who would spurn him. he would be a noise maker at best but no a threat by any means.

Jason

November 24th, 2009
10:33 am

Is Lou going to be another Clark Howard, talking about possibly running for several years but when push comes to shove, he opts out? This is a great way for Lou to get tons of free press for whatever it is that he does next, be that running for President or starting a new commentary show on another network.

If he runs, I wish him well but please don’t play the whole “maybe I’ll run, maybe I won’t” game for several years.

The Late Maynord Jackson

November 24th, 2009
10:34 am

Silly people, the Machine is stealing millions and all you are worried about is some 50 cent signs, no wonder you are going to lose this election and could not run this city if an accident happened.

Frank

November 24th, 2009
10:34 am

Lou Dobbs is nothing but a news copy boy the last 30 years. All he brings to the table is a big mouth. Not all that much different than O’Reilly or Lumbaw the entertainer running. Go ahead.Run him in ‘12 along w/ that wackjob Palin. He’ll be absolutely trounced…

mike

November 24th, 2009
10:47 am

Hey little frank. Isnt it strange how a group of people brought into this country as slaves can now be called racist by the very folks who brought them to this country in the first place. I am glad someone is getting an early start on picking up those signs. I would think all the hispanics would be concerned about Lou running. After work he would send them back to Mexico.

Jeff Greene

November 24th, 2009
10:49 am

Sorry but Lou Dobbs will never get my vote for nothing not even as the “City Dog Catcher”. I was a fan of Lou until about a year ago. If you watch him all he seems to do is stir the problems. Blame Democtats this weeks with Republicans on the show then Blame Republicans when Democtats some to his show. He plays both sides of the fence and never has a solution for the problems. He’s nothing more than a trouble maker. I rest my case.

Montrell M

November 24th, 2009
10:54 am

No way a racist like dobbs will beat Obama. Obama will win reelection easily in 2012! Our power must not be diminished!!!

Tell us Mitzi Bickers

November 24th, 2009
10:58 am

Mitzi Bickers did Ralph Long also pay a homeless man to drive an exact duplicate of a high level Reed staffer’s black Nissan SUV, with Cherokee County license plates, then place Norwood signs clearly in view, then drive it to Reed campaign headquarters so it could be photographed?

Chris Broe

November 24th, 2009
11:03 am

That sign stealing video has all the credibility of a big foot sighting. Anybody can film themselves stealing signs and then say Ralph Reed paid them.

Lou Dobbs has the look. The look. He’s very presidential-looking. Perfect political hair. Wears a suit might fine. Has terrific on-air demeanor. I dont know. He’s promising as a candidate.

I hope he’s pro-immigration, pro-life, and pro-Rx reform. Jklol.

Jeff, “both sides of the fence”. Great pun, considering how many illegal immigrant shows Lou has aired.

Tell us Mitzi Bickers

November 24th, 2009
11:06 am

Remember all the Reed hacks who came on here whining why didn’t Long call the police if a crime was being committed?

Well if this was a setup by Long, then that would be a criminal act. So, if they caught Long in a criminal act, WHY DIDN’T THEY CALL THE POLICE?

Now go back to Reed headquarters and ask them what your next divisive tactic should be.

lmno

November 24th, 2009
11:08 am

Lou Dobbs is a chain smoker by the way.

Say What Say Huh?

November 24th, 2009
11:11 am

“How about a Republican ticket of Dobbs and Palin.”

Kill me now.

Say What Say Huh?

November 24th, 2009
11:15 am

Most voters have their minds made up about the Reed-Norwood race. This dumb story, or any other thereafter, are of no consequence.

Men vs Boys

November 24th, 2009
11:20 am

PAGING PAT PAULSON!!!!!

Does Mitizi Bickers think we are stupid?

November 24th, 2009
11:22 am

Mitzi Bickers says in the video that she was told by the man that he was “paid by Representative Ralph Long”.

Does anybody really think that if Ralph Long set this up, he would have told this man that he is Representative Ralph Long?

So Mitzi wants us to believe the entire thing was a setup, even if we already have photograph evidence from an earlier case of Reed supporters in possession of Norwood signs?

Not only that, she wants us to believe this petty thief is such a fan of local politics that he was able to identify the man who “paid” him as Representative Ralph Long?

Does she think we are stupid?

Lou Dobbs

November 24th, 2009
11:28 am

All the problems we face in the United States today can be traced to an unenlightened immigration policy on the part of the American Indian.

Lou Dobbs

November 24th, 2009
11:29 am

I don’t want to say too much about illegal immigration. I’m afraid my views will be reported on the Cinco O’Clock News

Lou Dobbs

November 24th, 2009
11:29 am

We have nothing to fear but fear itself…and of course the boogieman.”

KG

November 24th, 2009
11:30 am

While I often disagree with what Dobbs says, he’s still far too smart to run with an idiot like Palin. At least Dobbs can form coherent sentences and actually thinks before he speaks.

Lou Dobbs

November 24th, 2009
11:30 am

I am neither left wing nor right wing. I am middle-of-the-bird.

Lou Dobbs

November 24th, 2009
11:31 am

If elected, I will win.

richie peden

November 24th, 2009
11:37 am

Lou would be someone for the people and not out please a party. He be finally a person who would run this country like a business and start cutting overhead to get this country out of debt. He would be like the big ” O ” & be a yes sir , yes mam type of person.

Lou Dobbs

November 24th, 2009
11:37 am

Marijuana should be licensed and kept out of the hands of teenagers. It’s too good for them.

Frank

November 24th, 2009
11:38 am

Hey little mike. What part of the population of the USA will be 50% hispanic by 2050 are you not understanding? With or without “strict immigration laws”, this will still happen. Walling off the USA will not stop it. Running a racist like Lou will not stop it. You jumping up and down screaming, “he’s not a citizen!!!” and ” I don’t wanna pay for your healthcare!”..will not stop it.
It’s coming…get ready..

Blade

November 24th, 2009
11:40 am

Trust me when I say this!! This guy will be found in Atlanta.. He can’t hide in Atlanta, especially on the Southside. Somebody will rat him out!! We are all going to be shocked that he was trying to get paid from the office he went into. He will show up on the news right before thanksgiving.

Norwooders STOLE My Handle

November 24th, 2009
11:47 am

Nobody cares about stolen signs, people. Get it! Nobody, dang you Norwooders are trying to act liek victims. Grow a pair and run harder like a good campaign should. Taking signs is fair-game and Norwood’s field people have done it too. The difference is, Kasim’s not whining about it. Niether Mary or Kasim have time to be strategizing where the next batch of signs will be removed from nor did either of them call for this to happen.

Republicans removed signs in the Presidential race last year in Augusta, Athens and Macon. Democrats did the same. It’s a part of the game, it’s equivalent to having louder supporters at a debate. It’s trivial. Mary Norwood is going to lose because of the sill-season.

And she needs to stay off t.v., I a few supporters of hers that are actually turned off by her ads and her funny little smirk. She doesn’t have the presence for t.v. and I think it does her more harm than good.

someone with sense

November 24th, 2009
11:54 am

That would be the worst thing to happen to this country since Dubya’s Great F*** Up of 2003.

TP4U

November 24th, 2009
12:01 pm

I am appalled that Representative Long has time to deal with yard signs or the pilfering of signs. I thought he was concerned about his district’s blightness. Why isn’t he looking for some grant money or organizing a neighborhood cleanup. This is so laughable. Rep. Long you have denigrated this important race into a circus. It is my hope that the the house caucuses you belong to take you to task for this outlandish behavior. It is one thing to be a supporter; however, you have taken it to an extremely questionable level. I don’t know whether to feel sorry for you or take up a collection for the yard signs you will have to purchase when all those folks in your district run against you!

lmno

November 24th, 2009
12:04 pm

I completely disagree with those who downplay the importance of this video.

Its not just about stealing signs, its about lying. Either Representative Long or the Reed Campaign is flat out lying to the media and to all of us. If they find this guy and get the truth, it will cost someone the election.

Outsider

November 24th, 2009
12:15 pm

Once again we get these entertainers and radio hosts leading the party. I doubt that the GOP will even be irrelevant in 2012. The party is going to the dos fast. When will a real leader step up and say enough of this crap. They never will because the base of our party are white racists. Somebody has to realize that anyone that appeals to the base can’t win an national election. This isn’t 1955 anymore america has changed and evolved. Ideas and thoughts have evolved. We have evolved into way more than the so called founding fathers could have imagines.

Bryant

November 24th, 2009
12:19 pm

The city of Atlanta is dumb enough to put anpother idiot into office who will suck the city dry of money, prosper himself and his friends and then line the next one up to take his place just like the current mayor and the crook before her, and the crook before him.

Some fool on here actually thinks Atlanta “is doing fine”. You are probably collecting the never ending supply of unemployment the govt keeps handing out. Idiots. Yeah, Kasim Reed, probably the next boob to be the mayor.

Political Mongrel

November 24th, 2009
12:21 pm

Dobbs/Palin or Palin/Dobbs. Oh, HELL no!

Laughing at it all

November 24th, 2009
12:22 pm

Maybe Jimmy Carter can come in and observe the Atlanta mayoral run-off next week if he’s not too busy with the ayatollah.

lmno

November 24th, 2009
12:22 pm

Howard Stern always talks about having to park near the back door to the cnn building where Dobbs works and how he hated seeing him lighting one cigarette off the other. Howard says that is all he knows about Lou, that he has never seen anyone smoke so much.

TP4U is appalled

November 24th, 2009
12:27 pm

TP4U you say you’re appalled that a politician is addressing crime? Last I checked stealing was a crime. Last I checked, stealing was a blight on the community.

So to be clear, you’re more upset at the person who documented the crime, than you are at the person who committed the crime, and the person who paid him to commit the crime?

Interesting choice of priorities you have there.

Good Grief

November 24th, 2009
12:47 pm

Dobbs would have little chance to win if he did decide to run. He’d get very little of the hispanic vote which he would definitely need and he’d get very little of the black vote. Doubt to many republicans jump ship over to his “independent” ship…

As far as the Reed/Norwood thing goes and the aspect of race…
I’d have to say that I just don’t see it like others. I believe race plays a role in just about everything, but race role in this race has been insignificant. In most of the interviews or press events Norwood has done I’ve noticed that she has had just as many blacks standing behind her as Reed. Pretty sure certain that she also have a quite a few black aides. So anybody who wants to play reverse race card is being delusional and ignorant.

itpdude

November 24th, 2009
12:50 pm

Why would Dobbs want to run with Palin? She’d be a complete dumb down of the ticket, though dumb down is pretty popular in GOP circles. . . .

On the record

November 24th, 2009
1:06 pm

Just for the record……Lou Dobbs has publicly stated that Sarah Palin is not qualified to be President, in his opinion. Why would anyone think he would run with her?!?