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Lou Dobbs Eyeing Public Office?


Imagine 2050 Staff • Nov 28, 2009

Joshua Holland at AlterNet posted this fantastic article on Thursday, Lou Dobbs, Eyeing Public Office, Endorses Policy He’s Long Spun as “Amnesty for Illegals”.

First, under pressure from above, Lou Dobbs gave up on the birther conspiracy theories.

Then he said that perhaps he’d been wrong to assert that illegal immigrants were spreading leprosy far and wide across the U.S. (or at least he claims to have said he’d been wrong).

And now, in the ultimate betrayal of the faux-populist shtick he’s been riding all these years, Dobbs told Telemundo (in an interview caught by the Wall Street Journal) that he now favors the very legalization process for immigrants living here illegally that he’s long derided as a brain-dead “amnesty” policy pushed by pernicious liberal elites in order to keep down the wages of good, hardworking Americans.

If you’ve followed Dobbs’ career at all, you’ll understand that this is no standard-issue flip-flop:

Former CNN anchor Lou Dobbs, pondering a future in politics, is trying to wipe away his image as an enemy of Latino immigrants by positioning himself as a champion of that fast-growing ethnic bloc.In a little-noticed interview Friday, Mr. Dobbs told Spanish-language network Telemundo he now supports a plan to legalize millions of undocumented workers, a stance he long lambasted as an unfair “amnesty.”

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Mr. Dobbs twice mentioned a possible legalization plan for the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the U.S., saying at one point that “we need the ability to legalize illegal immigrants under certain conditions.”

Perhaps reports in The Onion are accurate, and Lou Dobbs really is an undocumented Mexican immigrant named Luis Miguel Salvador Aguila Dominguez who’s been passing as an American citizen since 1961. The only other explanation for Dobbs’ eye-opening reversal on comprehensive immigration reform is that the “fiercely independent” talk-show host is one of the greatest hypocrites the universe has ever known.

Dobbs is eyeing a senate run in New Jersey. And here’s a fun fact: in the 2000 census (PDF), Jersey was one of just six states with a foreign-born population of more than a million! And according to America’s Voice, it was one of the three states in which Latinos represented the highest share of new voters since 2000. But I’m sure Dobbs’ sudden embrace of what he’s long derided as “shamnesty” is heart-felt, and a result of sober introspection on the issue rather than some crass political calculation.

Read the entire article at http://www.alternet.org/story/144213/.

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