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Lou Dobbs and the Tea Party

Posted by Kara Miller, Culture Club  May 18, 2010 09:59 AM

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If you happen to be in Vegas the weekend of July 16, consider dropping by the National Tea Party Unity Convention at the Palazzo Las Vegas Resort.

Organizers seem to be banking on several potential draws for participants.

First, there's the Palazzo itself, which boasts an Emeril-designed watering hole, a Japanese-Peruvian-Brazilian fusion restaurant, a mixology bar, and rotating headliners (including Craig Ferguson, Wayne Brady, and David Spade).

Second, there are Tea Party events, such as "The Blueprint: Obama's Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency," featuring former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, and "How to raise $50,000 in 90 days for your Tea Party Group" with conservative legend Richard Viguerie, who was one of the first to realize the power of political "direct mail" (brochures and other targeted letters sent straight to people's homes).

Third, the convention has now added former CNN anchor Lou Dobbs as a keynote speaker. "Lou Dobbs," the convention website notes, "will offer the delegates a direct and reasoned defense of American exceptionalism while dealing with issues of trade, jobs, politics and the challenges facing America in the 21st century."

Dobbs says he is eager to speak, recalling that the Tea Parties he has attended "were large, boisterous and most importantly, made up of hard working Americans who want to take their country back. I am incredibly excited about the opportunity to address the Tea Party in Las Vegas."

Dobbs abruptly departed from CNN in November of 2009, seeming to hold out the possibility of running for office - or getting involved in some other public venture.

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Kara Miller is an Assistant Professor of English, specializing in journalism, at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. She also serves as a guest panelist on WGBH-TV's “Beat the Press” and contributes to 89.7 FM WGBH (NPR). More »

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