The following ad, paid for by Pete Hoekstra’s Senate campaign, apparently aired during tonight’s Super Bowl.
Here’s what the Asian woman in the ad said, in case you missed it:
“Debbie spends so much American money, you borrow more and more, from us. Your economy get very weak, ours get very good. We take your jobs. Thank you Debbie Spenditnow.”
Really… a woman riding a bicycle though a rice paddy, speaking in pigeon Engrish of her love for Debbie Stabenow? Is that the kind of thing that works with the voters of Michigan? I know the anti-Asian stuff resonates with the men and women of the Tea Party, who are fearful to the point of incontinence, but surely they’re not a majority in this state, are they?
As for Hoekstra, I think that maybe someone should remind him of what happened to Vincent Chin in Detroit not too long ago?
And, while we’re on the subject of racist violence at the hands of insecure white males, I suspect it’s not just a coincidence that the young woman portrayed in the ad isn’t wearing a suit, standing in the middle of a thriving city, but in a rice paddy, wearing a conical hat. The imagery is clearly that of Vietnam. This isn’t about the Chinese getting our good, high-skilled, high-paying jobs. This is about tapping into the residual feelings of the Vietnam war. This is about race-baiting pure and simple. And it’s disgusting.
update: There’s a big online component to the campaign. You can see the website, which is every bit as despicable as the television spot, here. I’m also noticing a lot of ad placements around the web, like the one seen to the right, trying to capitalize on the national media coverage.
update: I didn’t think I’d ever hear myself saying this, but I’m going to make a donation to Stabenow’s campaign. I know that she voted for the Military Commissions Act, and a number of other pieces of legislation that I’m still pissed about, and that I said that I’d never support her, but I can’t sit by and watch while Hoekstra takes her seat in this fashion. I know it’s not likely, but I think it would be great if this backfired on Hoekstra, and Stabenow got million of dollars in contributions, like Planned Parenthood did a few days ago, when it was announced that the right-wing Komen Foundation was withdrawing financial support for their activities… If you want to join me it contributing a few dollars, just click here.
update: From Politico:
…While the total flight is $140,000, only about $75,000 is being spent Sunday — and it’s being sprinkled over six Michigan markets, according to a source tracking the spot’s placement.
It runs during the pre-game show in Grand Rapids and already ran during the morning news in Detroit, so many in those two biggest population hubs are likely not to catch it. It only runs once during the game in four smaller markets.
The Superbowl hit is followed by a $63,000 cable buy that runs two weeks.
Hoekstra’s the front-runner in his GOP primary and ended the year with $1.5 million on hand. But he lags Sen. Debbie Stabenow in by $4.4 million — the third largest disparity among the cycle’s most competitive Senate races…