I have two very different reasons for this idea of running Dobbs for president on a third party. And the two are somewhat in opposition to each other. One is purely serious and the other is partisan and selfish. I lay that out in advance in complete honesty.
I have felt for a long time (I am 60 and have been following politics since my teens) that America needs a third party to represent the issues of average, middle class Americans. I hoped that Ross Perot could have done that. He did speak for much of middle America and did garner 19% of the vote which is a major accomplishment in and of itself. However, Perot built an election effort solely around his own personality and the issues he cared about at that time and as he lost interest his party collapsed and went the way of other such efforts in the past.
I think the time is ripe to start a third party effort - perhaps more than one - but it needs to be done with enough time to properly get on the ballot and prepare for 2012. The odds of winning would be long if not nearly impossible. I do not see such an effort as a one shot effort but something which needs to be nurtured and tended to for several election cycles. I think it needs to be done on a state and local level as well with third party candidates running for all the other offices besides president.
Perhaps if this went on for a decade or more, we could end up with a very viable and competitive new party looking out for the middle class and their issues.
On a partisan and selfish note, I supported Obama and expect to support him in 2012. Running somebody like Dobbs - or Palin - or Beck - or anyone who might appeal to the tea party group, would help in the effort to put Obama in for a second term. Splitting the normal GOP vote, much like what was done in NY 23, would be the inspiration for that.
I fully realize that if I get my wish, in the long run, it could cost the Democrats down the road in future elections. That is why i have admitted up front that my two goals are in somewhat opposition to one another.