As if you needed more. This ad aired during the Super Bowl, so you know former congressman and current senate candidate and climate change denier Pete Hoekstra means bidness. Seriously, he approves this message? For fuck’s sake, what kind of moron would produce this ad, presumably watch it before it airs, and think it’s good enough to spend $3.5 million to air it during the Super Bowl? If that’s the sort of judgment Hoekstra shows during a campaign, who in their right mind would think he’s qualified to be in the Senate?
I’m going to assume if you’re reading this, you’re bright enough to be able to imagine the ad without the overt racism. So join me in this thought experiment– Imagine it’s just an ad with Pete talking and there’s no ching chong ling long music or amazingly well-dressed, beautiful Chinese peasant girl who happens to speak better English than most elected representatives in the US House. OK, you follow me? It’s just Pete, talking, and he calls his opponent, Debbie Stabenow, “Debbie Spend-it-now.” Just let that wash over you for a minute. Because if you’re like me, you were probably a bit gobsmacked by the fact that this ad wasn’t a Colbert SuperPAC parody. Just leave it at the “ain’t I clever” name change. Is this the sort of behavior that should be rewarded with a seat in the US Senate? It’s not. And if you think it is, you should be rewarded with a dunce cap the size of Pete Hoekstra’s hubris.