For Lou Dobbs, this is the rapture. The Senate is debating the immigration bill, a bill that might legalize — gulp — more immigrants, and President Bush is off to Lou’s least-favorite country, Mexico, for an economic summit with his NAFTA partners. For a guy who spends night after night after night hammering away on the issue of immigration, this is like the Super Bowl, World Series, Daytona 500 and Pamplona all rolled into one. The Mexican-American War of 2006. “Put me in, coach”, says Lou, “I’m ready to play.”
To make matters worse, Lou is headed to Mexico himself where he will broadcast live, the anti-ambassador of good will, the piÃÂ±ata pundit twisting over the heads of those he so detests. Indeed, it seems this week at times that CNN has become the voice of the angry white guy, with Dobbs — looking pretty shiny at times — ranting for seemingly hours on end about the evils of immigration. Every now and then he’d have to stop his divisive rhetoric long enough to clarify that it was “illegal” immigration he opposed, as it was never entirely clear from his comments that he drew any such distinction. He would also occasionally inject the obligatory platitude about immigrants — if they came here legally, of course. Almost sounded like, “Some of my best friends are immigrants”. Right. He probably waves to them as they mow his lawn. Loves ’em.
So stay tuned to Lou this week. For him, it is harmonic convergence, it is the rapture. In Mexico, he’ll be blasting away at Mexican Presidente Fox, at President Bush and maybe at Canadian Prime Minister Harper, for all we know. And during the lulls in the summit, he will be lobbing rhetorical grenades at the Senate and its immigration debate. He is in his element, he was born for this moment.
And he just might blow.
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