Back when Lou Dobbs announced that he'd decided to quit his post as a CNN anchor, there was plenty of talk going on about why, exactly, he'd made the move. In an article he wrote for Salon, Joe Conason appears to have hit part of the reason, at least, square on the nose. Shortly after Dobbs' announcement, Conason wrote: "Having observed the former CNN anchor for many years, including a number of recent appearances on his nightly broadcast, I suspect that he may well nurture ambitions to run for president."
On Monday, Dobbs was talking about just that; in two separate radio appearances, he said he's at least considering making a run for the presidency in 2012. When one interviewer asked Dobbs about the "crazy" idea of him entering the campaign, Dobbs replied, "What's so crazy about that?" He added, "I'll tell you this much: it's one of the discussions that we're having."
During an interview with former Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn. -- who himself made an abortive try for the Republican nomination in 2008 -- Dobbs responded, "yes," when Thompson asked, "Have you given any thought to perhaps running for president?"