When Lou Dobbs began hinting he might run for president, my friend, colleague, and longtime p3 correspondent Doctor TV invoked the "First Turn at the Indy 500" principle (first developed for the prospect of a Rick Santorum presidential run) as a reason for throwing five bucks to his campaign--the first turn seats are the ones to get because that's where all the cool wrecks happen.
Still, it's easy to understand why Dobbs was thinking about a White House bid. Because, you know, if there's one thing the Republican Party doesn't have enough of, it's guys like Lou who want to be president.
But now Dobbs is hinting that his ambitions might be more modest--merely the United States Senate. In the terms of our "Indy 500" metaphor, donating to this campaign would be like buying seats on the short chute after the third turn: the wrecks there are never quite as spectacular, so they're seen by fewer people.