“Who is the most left-wing commentator on mainstream television? Keith Olbermann? Bill Maher? Not even close. I’m talking about a man who says both parties are ‘bought and paid for by corporate America,’ and calls lobbyists ‘arms dealers in the war on the middle class.’ [. . .] I refer, of course, to Lou Dobbs. [. . .]
“So why aren’t liberals cheering? Because, for Dobbs, taking on corporate America means taking on corporate America’s thirst for illegal-immigrant labor. [. . .]
“While low-skilled immigration may benefit the United States as a whole, it rarely benefits low-skilled Americans. And, for many bluecollar Americans today, Mexican immigration — whether legal or not — is not just linked to broader anxieties about globalization; it has become the prime symbol of those anxieties. In the coming years, unless Democrats take a hard line on immigration, their hard line on trade is unlikely to do them much electoral good.
“Economic nationalism may offer the Democratic Party its best chance in decades for an enduring reconciliation with the white working class. But if it happens it won’t be pretty. If you embrace Lou Dobbs, you embrace him in full.”
Peter Beinart, writing on “Going Native,” in the Nov. 6 issue of the New Republic
He’s a liberal, but liberals don’t love him. Lou Dobbs