Sunday, February 05, 2012

Offensive On So Many Levels

... you can't begin to count them all. Pete Hoekstra really jumps the shark in this Michigan-based Super Bowl ad tonight, and I sure hope that both the people and the press call him out on it.

You've got your Asian stereotypes in visuals, music, and the way the language is spoken in the script, you've got Pete basically calling Stabenow a "john" that is spending our money for fun overseas (there's a reason why they used a young beautiful Asian woman - think about it. Hey, GI.), but most of all, you've got the stunning, blatant hypocrisy coming from a Michigan Republican Party that screamed every time Democrats mentioned outsourcing in '10 as "xenophobic" and "job killing", complaining that the Ds were scaring away business.

Well, how many Asian firms will see that ad, and then want to come and invest in Michigan now? Or buy the products we want to export?

Are you kidding me with this?


The AP starts out on the right foot here. (and BTW, it was filmed in California - Michigan jobs? Hello?) Pete's campaign is calling this "satirical" - which makes it even worse. Racist stereotypes done as a "joke" are considered serious campaign material for the United States Senate?

Ladies and gentlemen, your 2012 Republican Party. And just think, it's only February.

Update: Politico has more nonsense from the Hoekstra campaign, saying the broken English is "reflection of China’s increasingly competitive education system".

O... M... G... dig faster, Pete.

Later, even more nonsense: The uproar has started, even from the right, and Hoekstra offers this:

"Democrats talk about race when they can't defend their records," Ciaramitaro said. "The U.S. economy is losing jobs to China because of Stabenow's reckless spending policies. China is reaping the reward."

What? What does that mean, exactly? How does that relate to anything in the real world?

Should every American just stop buying everything because a lot of products are being made in China? Do the Republicans realize that when people or the government spends money, jobs are created from that, right here in America? Thought that was what "free market" meant, a market where people buy goods and services. Do the Republicans realize that spending by the Chinese government to subsidize their manufacturing is the very thing that is creating these jobs in China?

Why do the Republicans hate jobs? Why do they want America to take a back seat to the rest of the world in manufacturing?

This is insanity. "Government spending" has nothing to do with trade issues, and they know it. They are putting buzz words together, hoping they will stick, but this time they've gone right over the edge of reality - and to top it off they are being racist as hell when they do it, too.