Monday, October 23, 2006

About those kids in the political commercials...

Another DeVos flip-flop. I wasn't going to go here until the press did, and well, the press did... so here it is.

The daughters of U.S. Senate candidate Mike Bouchard and gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVos, both Republicans, have appeared in campaign commercials to help humanize their dads.

Mikayla Bouchard, a 17-year-old Brooke Shields look-alike, got it started when she told viewers that her dad was a commonsense conservative, who tended to be a bit of a drag when he tagged along on her dates.

Elissa DeVos, a 22-year-old stunner, made her debut last week with a cheery and resounding endorsement of her dad.

And doesn't she look like Mom? I see a young Betsy DeVos when I look at her.

Just a mere month ago Dick had a different opinion regarding his kids and the campaign.

DeVos said his 15 months of campaigning have been interesting and eye-opening.

The one downside, he said, has been exposing his four children, ages 15 to 24, to the "viciousness of criticism."

"The bitterness in the political process is hurtful to kids," he said. "But I have no regrets. For the most part, the people of Michigan have been gracious, and I've been able to see and learn."

But when you are down 20 pts. in the polls on women, it's time to trot those kids right out there and put them on display.

Something tells me the DeVos kids can take it.

Sorry, Dick, you don't get to bemoan the process in one breath and then use them as props in the next.