Via Dave Weigel at Slate, news that the man responsible for the ‘Hoekstrokia‘ is trying for a new personal depth record:
Reactions are just exactly what you’d expect, per the Washington Post:
… “Really, really dumb,” Republican strategist Mike Murphy said over Twitter. “I mean really.”
The Michigan chapter of Asian & Pacific Islander American Vote, a nonpartisan group, called the ad “very disturbing” in a statement. A member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights called the ad “blatantly racist.” A group of Detroit black ministers joined in, arguing that the spot is “no different than him having a black person speaking in slave dialect.”…
The ad never actually mentions China by name; it was filmed in California with a Chinese-American actress. (In a conference call, Hoekstra told reporters that the actress’s parents are “100 percent Chinese.”)
“It’s not a stereotype at all. Through the creative, this is a young woman in China who’s speaking English,” Hoekstra added on Fox News Monday afternoon, referring to the fictional environment of the ad. “That’s quite an achievement.” On WJR radio Monday morning, Hoekstra called it “probably the best ad of the political season.”
Republican consultant John Weaver, who worked for now-Gov. Rick Snyder in 2010, defended the ad, saying it was “not racially charged or over the edge in any regard, other than perhaps harming the sensibility of the political correctness class in Washington.”
“Really, really dumb” seems to be a pretty fair assessment of Hoekstra in general. Just the sort of mean, loose-lipped dumb that appeals to the GOP “base”. As Weigel adds:
[T]he stupidity is the point: This is lizard brain stuff, meant to remind the hard-luck Michigan voter why he’s so afraid of China. Hint, hint: It’s DIFFERENT. It’s not even that it’s Communist, or in the words of Rush Limbaugh, “Chi-Coms.” They are foreign and scary — and hell, that’s redundant… So I’m not surprised at all to see Hoekstra’s campaign fundraisinging off the backlash in an e-mail to supporters…
Here’s where Hoekstra loses me — the poor-little-candidate act. He’s not a racist, and only the slowest critics are saying he is. He’s a Senate candidate looking for a way to stir up voter anger about the debt (which, according to exit polling in GOP primaries, is fading somewhat as an issue), and doing so with… an ad in which a smug Chinese lady brags about how she’s going to bury us. (Is this going to happen before or after her ride on a hastily-built high-speed train?) He knows that a lot of Americans worry about this, possibly unreasonably so. And he’s taking advantage of that.
It’s all about the public victimization — the man who claimed “Iranian twitter activity similar to what we did in House last year when Republicans were shut down in the House” is being abused, again, by minions of the freedom-hating Democrat party. C.R.E.A.M.!
If you find Hoekstra’s broken-winged-bird cries inspirational, here is Senator Stabenow’s website. Full disclosure: I happily voted for Debbie Stabenow, back when she was starting her career as a Michigan State representative and then senator, and I was living in Ingham County.