Dean Barkley, who served as U.S. senator for two months and knows about celebrity campaigns, is quoted today in Politico saying former CNN host Lou Dobbs would be a good third-party candidate for president:
“Lou Dobbs, I think, would be a perfect candidate for us,” said former Sen. Dean Barkley, the founder of the Minnesota Reform Party (later known as the Minnesota Independence Party) who managed former Gov. Jesse Ventura’s successful third-party campaign in 1998. “We were hoping he would have run last time.”
Just two weeks after announcing his departure from the cable news operation, Dobbs has signaled his interest in a presidential run, the story says.
…after 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.”
The prospect thrills third-party officials, like Barkley.
After two consecutive presidential cycles in which independent contenders had virtually no impact at the polls, independent political strategists are delighted at the prospect of a third-party campaign for the White House headlined by a high-profile, TV-friendly candidate with the potential to scramble the national political map.
“I would assume he’s going independent, since he’s made a very strong case that that’s where he is,” said Bay Buchanan, who ran Pat Buchanan’s 2000 campaign for president as the Reform Party’s candidate. “There’s enormous movement out there, I think more so than when Pat ran. I think they’ve really given up on Republicans, they’ve given up on Democrats; so he would be stepping into something where a path had been laid.”
Buchanan added: “I think he can win.”