Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Obama Hints at Naming Rivals to Cabinet Suggest Lou Dobbs

Barack Obama cited the Goodwin book, Team of Rivals, which is apparently being parsed by Governor Ed Rendell to mean he's on the verge of considering Hillary Clinton as his Vice President.

We have a different take on the comment.

Clinton is not among Obama's "bitterest" rivals. Not in the least. sure, Clinton proceeds to remain in the campaign for the Democratic Party nomination for President. And yes, Clinton has used psychological warfare against Barack Obama (according to Carl Bernstein, both Clintons are engaged in such psychological warfare) throughout this nomination process.

And while Clintons have used every trick in the book, their own playbook, maybe parts of Carl Rove's too, it's all really not been a "personal" rivalry.

Who among a list of bitterest rivals would have to be at the top of the list?

Lou Dobbs, CNN's host of Lou Dobbs Tonight.

Obama's got to be, got to be, including Lou Dobbs in his cabinet picks, or if he's as politically savvy as we think, he'll pick Lou Dobbs as his Vice President.

Why should Obama pick Dobbs as his Vice President? Dobbs, a heartbeat away from being President of these United States of America?

Obama has tagged Dobbs unequivocally (along with Rush Limbaugh) as being responsible for the rise in hate crime against Hispanics.

while that statement is more than difficult to prove by the evidence for a variety of reasons, it stands as a view diametrically opposed to how Dobbs views his efforts to stall "illegal immigration."

Dobbs solution is for the United States government to do its duty on the federal level, first and foremost, before beginning any active process that includes "comprehensive" immigration reform.

Dobbs says "comprehensive" reform is a buzzword for a fast track to legal citizenship for millions of illegal aliens.

Obama on the other hand, sees things far differently.

Dobbs had a rousing debate with Governor Bill Richardson last night on his program about border security first and foremost.

Richardson committed to Obama at just the right moment in the campaign publicly, and continues to support Obama's approach.

Imagine if there were a meeting of the minds of these three individuals on the issue of border security first and foremost, and a


Dobbs mentioned Obama's statements about him to three panelists, who in turn, gave their take on Obama.

So there's one of Obama's bitterest rivals. In fact, it makes sense Dobbs would be among those Obama considers as bitter small-town Americans...

and who better to choose as a Cabinet level appointee, or a running mate.

Dobbs has the backing of millions of viewers. He's on a populist independent wave after publication of his book and he has an unwavering base of supporters.

An organization has started a draft Lou Dobbs for President campaign, complete with website and fundraising efforts.

Obama has also mentioned Rush Limbaugh recently, but Limbaugh could never be part of Obama's cabinet.

Dobbs, could, if Obama would mend "fences." Literally. Border fences, to start.

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Barack Obama lies about Lou Dobbs to support illegal immigration
March 12, 2008

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Obama calls out two who stir up bad blood
By Ruben Navarrette Jr
Article Launched: 05/28/2008 01:33:14 AM PDT

Some of those who rail against illegal immigration can dish it out but they can't take it. Since most illegal immigrants come from Mexico or other parts of Latin America, critics sometimes say the sort of crude things that give the debate its anti-Latino flavor. But let someone call them on it and do they ever get defensive.

Speaking to supporters in Palm Beach last week, Barack Obama blasted a couple of media personalities by name.

"A certain segment has basically been feeding a kind of xenophobia. There's a reason why hate crimes against Hispanic people doubled last year," Obama said. "If you have people like Lou Dobbs and Rush Limbaugh ginning things up, it's not surprising that would happen."

It's about time. That some cable hosts and radio talkers grow their ratings by pandering to the anti-immigrant crowd is no big secret.

Statistics speak loudly

Not surprisingly, supporters of Dobbs and Limbaugh went on the attack. They insisted that Obama had overstated the statistics. In 2006, the FBI reported that hate crimes against Hispanics increased 10 percent from the previous year - 576 in 2006, 522 in 2005.

Nevertheless, Hispanics in 2006 were considered by the FBI as the No. 1 victim of hate crimes motivated by one's ethnicity or national origin, and by a margin that was the highest since records have been kept. Hispanics comprised 62.8 percent of victims of crimes motivated by a bias toward a victim's ethnicity or national origin.

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