I spoke with Dobbs about the role of the economy and stock market in this election, what he thinks of CNN's ratings troubles, and why it makes sense to defund public broadcasting (stay tuned for some fireworks).
I have become keenly aware that deliberately overheated rhetoric and pernicious public speech by our national leaders tacitly grants permission for the weak minded and mentally ill to commit atrocities.
Americans revere business as a pillar of the country's individualistic democracy. But in a world requiring a decent if not dominant public sector, that means they'll get the government they deserve -- not the one they need.
It is perhaps not surprising that Dobbs is being offered a position at the Fox Business Network. After all, being an embarrassment to the journalism profession has never been an impediment to landing a job at Fox.
Dobbs' insistence on punishing the workers whose backbreaking, undervalued labor props up his own lifestyle is the very approach that has been institutionalized in official immigration policy for some fifteen years.
Angle and Vitter pull out all the stops with race-baiting immigration ads. Dobbs pulls a Whitman. Fiorina hits Boxer for voting against immigration reform that Fiorina opposes. Politicos wonder: Will Latino voters turn out?