Thousands surrounded the man, if you can believe it. He was just like on CNN. Charismatic. Bold. Mavericky, like McCain. I was drawn so much to the entire lecture that I didn't take the time to look around me. What was so exaggerated about this place? I looked around again, hard. And then I saw it. And it was a question that needed to be answered.
So, meekly, I pushed my way to the front of the press and raised my hand to get Dobbs' attention. He looked at me and a wave of courage came over me. Was he going to call on me? Not yet. I kept my hand up, but looked around some more. What kind of answer would I settle for?
"Yes, my friend?" I looked up at his stiff face. He was trying to smile at me, but like McCain's arms, Dobbs' lips can't curl up above his chest. I coiled. Not like a frightened child, hiding. No, like a spring gathering energy.
"Why are there no minorities here?"
The entire crowd looked at me, as a single organism. Silence. Dobbs looked like Sarah Palin trying to underestand the Bush Doctrine (is it too soon for that to be a good reference?). The muscles in his face were the only part of his body that moved, at first. And then he started to flip through his flash cards.
"It's...medical." Did he know what he was saying?
"Like, xenophbia?" I shouldn't have suggested it, but I couldn't stop, "What causes your xenophobia?"
Dobbs went on to explain that it was actually immigrants that caused his xenophobia.
"Look, if they weren't so weird, they wouldn't make me feel afraid."
"Different. You know, they like drugs and murdering pregnant women. Who DOES that?"
The crowd cheered. They sympathized.
And I did too. I thought, "Maybe we're being too hard on this guy." And not just this guy, but everybody who wants to curb immigration. Xenophobia is more than just a liberal buzzword. It's a medical condition. Imagine if you hated immigrants because of your diabetes. It's like that. You can't blame someone for their disease. Conservatives don't blame gays for being gay. And like many homosexuals, Lou Dobbs and his followers are working to cure their illness.
And that's how I learned to stop worrying and love Lou Dobbs.