Pete Hoekstra now fundraising off of controversial ad about China

posted at 5:03 pm on February 6, 2012 by Allahpundit

A follow-up to Jazz’s post last night about the outrageous outrage du jour. According to Dave Weigel, Hoekstra’s set to surf the backlash:

Here we go again. We dared to take on Debbie Stabenow and China, and the liberals are doing what they always do—crying racism.

Yesterday we launched our new ad, “Debbie Spenditnow.” The ad is only insensitive to Debbie Stabenow and her spending.

The Left and the media think you’re not supposed to say that Debbie Stabenow’s reckless spending has strengthened China and weakened America… The Democrats will stop at nothing to change the subject from Debbie’s big spending, job killing record. That’s why she’s got her people doing what liberals always do when things get tough—calling me a racist.

This is, as TPM notes, a growing genre, but the “Chinese professor” ad from 2010 is the cream of the crop. Watch it back to back with Hoekstra’s spot to see how superior it is. You don’t need pidgin English or gongs on the soundtrack to make your point; if anything, precisely because they’re so archaically familiar, the lazy stereotypes anesthetize viewers to the economic and military threats posed by China. If you want to make people worry about outsourcing, show them Chinese factories being built. If you want to make people worry about debt, show them the PLA in action, replete with graphics noting how much of its budget is covered by American taxpayers’ interest payments. This spot isn’t remotely equal to a serious task.


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RACISM. Liberals love using it.

they lie on February 6, 2012 at 5:06 PM

A follow-up to Jazz’s post last night…

Jazz is sometimes a big fat weenie with incredibly thin skin. I remember when he called the old Obamateurism graphic racist…and he meant it!

The ad is fine, if a bit over the top.

NotCoach on February 6, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Bishop…NOTHING IS WRONG WITH THAT AD!

KOOLAID2 on February 6, 2012 at 5:06 PM

In both ads, it’s the Americans that look like ignoramuses–not the Chinese.

RBMN on February 6, 2012 at 5:07 PM

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.

That part of Weigel’s article caught my attention. The debt is fading as an issue in the GOP primaries?! I can understand the Dems not caring since they’re the party of welfare and entitlements(not to mention their President is responsible for adding $5 trillion to the debt), but if it no longer matters to Republican voters, then what the hell is important to them? And why are they so hellbent on getting rid of Obama if they don’t care about spending?

Doughboy on February 6, 2012 at 5:07 PM

MM’s take.

Schadenfreude on February 6, 2012 at 5:08 PM

JazzShaw was being a perfect surrender Monkey.

Doing a fake ”America growing” ad which is revealed to actually be about China at the end would be better.

Sams88 on February 6, 2012 at 5:11 PM

RACISM. Liberals love using it.

they lie on February 6, 2012 at 5:06 PM

It may not exactly be racist, but as AP said, it is lazy.

sobincorporated on February 6, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Her English was quite good. She didn’t say then when she meant than or less instead of fewer. And there was no anger.

Basilsbest on February 6, 2012 at 5:11 PM

If they had put Clik-Clak, Ding-Dong, and Charlie Chan in the commercial, it might be offensive.

BobMbx on February 6, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Good for him.

pat on February 6, 2012 at 5:12 PM

LOL!! The broken engrish was a bit much though.

abobo on February 6, 2012 at 5:15 PM

replete with graphics noting how much of its budget is covered by American taxpayers’ interest payments.

Do you honestly believe most Americans give a hoot or even understand the National debt, much less how much of it is funded by borrowing from China? You need to get off HA more often and get into the real American world of pop culture and stupidity. Most Americans when they think of China, think of Wal Mart and the other stores filled with crap they really don’t need that is made in China. Economic growth? Joe Dumbazz has no idea about GDP and doesn’t even know how the jobless numbers are calulated. This is why Obama, the Democrats and the MSM can screw with the numbers and get away with it. The fact that conservatives will be dissing in the wind trying to explain this and get the debt under control is because of the ignorance of the majority of the public. The democrats know this and that is why they are able to always blame the Pubs. for the democrats’ failures.

they lie on February 6, 2012 at 5:15 PM

I just donated!

SDarchitect on February 6, 2012 at 5:18 PM

I rarely read Hot Gas any more…haven’t for a while. Are Jazz and Allah always this girly?

beedubya on February 6, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Jazz is sometimes a big fat weenie with incredibly thin skin. I remember when he called the old Obamateurism graphic racist…and he meant it!

NotCoach on February 6, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Isn’t he of the Moderate Voice?

beatcanvas on February 6, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Pathetic ad.

joana on February 6, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Agreed that the Chinese Professor ad is far superior, but it’s also a but long for campaign season.

Good Solid B-Plus on February 6, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Well it pushes my xenophobic buttons to think we owe all that money to the hottie on the rice paddy. But no, we borrowed it from our grandkids. The ad is stupid.

bernverdnardo1 on February 6, 2012 at 5:24 PM

I rarely read Hot Gas any more…haven’t for a while. Are Jazz and Allah always this girly?

beedubya on February 6, 2012 at 5:18 PM

We heartily admonished them yesterday on a previous post about the same topic. But…it takes a while for the pair to drop.

MooCowBang on February 6, 2012 at 5:25 PM

A follow-up to Jazz’s post last night about the outrageous outrage du jour.

Meh. He needs to grow at least one layer of skin. Just about everything a Republican/conservative says or does is quite often instantly tagged “controversial“. I save my outrage for something that’s actually outrageous.

whatcat on February 6, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Debbie-Spend-it-Now? Really? This is the MF Superbowl and a girl with a bad Chinese accent saying “Debbie-Spend-it-Now” was the best thing they could come up with? WTF?

Mahna Mahna on February 6, 2012 at 5:32 PM

That Professor advertisement gives me nightmares everytime I watch it. Just knowing how unserious our politicians and majority of citizenry is regarding our debt… it’s disheartening.

Ukiah on February 6, 2012 at 5:32 PM

I feel bad for the girl. That’s not the acting gig she was looking for.

If the ad had used an actress actually speaking Chinese with subtitles beneath it would have been perfectly fine. The Spend-It-Now was groan-worthy and distracting.

Crispian on February 6, 2012 at 5:34 PM

beatcanvas on February 6, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Yep, his sheep’s clothing sometimes slips…

d1carter on February 6, 2012 at 5:35 PM

From the article:

“and the liberals are doing what they always do—crying racism.”

From Jazz’s post yesterday:

“but there’s absolutely no way this doesn’t just fan the flames and come off as racist.”

Smooth move, Ex-Lax.

Dr. Mercury on February 6, 2012 at 5:37 PM

When your record is as abysmal as the dons for the last 5 years, calls of false racism, is all the democrat party has now.

jukin3 on February 6, 2012 at 5:39 PM

A disgusting ad. Him trying to dodge the obvious overtones of it is hilarious.

mythicknight on February 6, 2012 at 5:45 PM

$15,000,000,000,000.00+ in debt and counting…?

… Puuuuullllllleeeeeeezzzzzeee!

Birth control and gay rights…!

/

Seven Percent Solution on February 6, 2012 at 5:46 PM

With the required political approval tagline, you do not get much time to make a complicated argument. We spend, so we borrow and amass debt. They save, so they lend and amass wealth. Pretty simple argument. What is not to understand?

KW64 on February 6, 2012 at 5:47 PM

wow that is terrible i can’t believe anyone is defending that ad

DBear on February 6, 2012 at 5:47 PM

If the ad had used an actress actually speaking Chinese with subtitles beneath it would have been perfectly fine.
Crispian on February 6, 2012 at 5:34 PM

No, the left would be screaming “RAAACIST!!!” even then. Probably even just the mention of China would get them going. It’s all diversion attempts.

whatcat on February 6, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Libtards tend to see racism in everything that is not liberal, and nothing is more pleasurable to them than beating some non-libtard over the head with the charge any time they can. It is interesting that libtards constantly charge others with racism, when they are the ones who insert race into nearly every discussion. I’m pretty sure that the fact that the sun comes up in the east, to a libtard, is racist.

Raquel Pinkbullet on February 6, 2012 at 5:48 PM

A disgusting ad. Him trying to dodge the obvious overtones of it is hilarious.

mythicknight on February 6, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Take Lobotmyforlife and go troll over at DKos.

Raquel Pinkbullet on February 6, 2012 at 5:49 PM

I rarely read Hot Gas any more…haven’t for a while. Are Jazz and Allah always this girly?

beedubya on February 6, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Heh. I can’t say for sure, but I’m gonna start paying attention after this.

Deafdog on February 6, 2012 at 6:02 PM

How good will the hardworking Chinese feel when we default on our debts by inflating our currency?

I feel sorrier for them than for us.

We’re freaking welfare cases..

TexasJew on February 6, 2012 at 6:03 PM

The ad is stupid.

The girl in the ad can obviously speak english with no accent, so instructing her to talk like a FOB is pretty ridiculous.

Trying to play off fears of China is really harming the understanding of the true threat, by casting it as this partisan xenophobia when it’s not.

China is a threat because it only really cares about economic growth in order to become a military power. If China was able to be a great power with conditions like you see in North Korea, you can bet China would be no different. Instead, economic growth is seen as a necessary evil by the communist government. They need to “manage” growth so that it does not lead to a middle class revolution, which has typically occurred in other wealthy nations.

The primary reason to spend so much on their military, and China does indeed spend far more than the US as a percentage of GDP, despite trying to hide the lion’s share of it, is to be able to pick fights and win them, with the US, Taiwan, Japan, the Philippines, and Vietnam. Unlike the US, China has no intention of being a benevolent power. It will exploit any advantage it gets to subjugate its neighbors and build an empire, just like Japan did.

Fortunately, most of the rest of Asia has a healthy fear of China, and so we can count on strong allies, but if we don’t have the power to beat China in a straight fight, our allies will buckle and cave in out of fear.

kaltes on February 6, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Bishop…NOTHING IS WRONG WITH THAT AD!

KOOLAID2 on February 6, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Dude … Three threads I’ve been to in a row and you’re near the top with this crap. It’s just creepy. WTF is wrong with you?

Lost in Jersey on February 6, 2012 at 6:28 PM

We dared to take on Debbie Stabenow and China, and the liberals are doing what they always do—crying racism.

Broken clocks and all…

thirtyandseven on February 6, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Jazz is sometimes a big fat weenie with incredibly thin skin. I remember when he called the old Obamateurism graphic racist…and he meant it!

The ad is fine, if a bit over the top.

NotCoach on February 6, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Jazzie Jazz was the biggest Scozaffava fan ever. I mean a true drooling fanboy. That Salem pushed this piece of unpolished tard to Hotair proves how idiotic this corporation is.

Masih ad-Dajjal on February 6, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Where is Stabenow’s husband? In China?

SouthernGent on February 6, 2012 at 7:04 PM

It’s pretty simple actually. When SNL does it, it is funny, but when a conservative does it, it’s racist.

pedestrian on February 6, 2012 at 7:15 PM

All of you “conservative” Einsteins might want to ask yourself “Why do the Dems commercials always work so effectively”? Well, it’s because they are very simple almost elementary in their visuals and message, (see: Ryan look alike pushing granny over the cliff in a wheelchair, it will be referenced for decades)

These pri*ks fight dirty, they use simple illustrations, not long grandiose speeches with charts.

The Hoekstra ad is effective because it’s easy for the average bear to take in and relate to. He’s in Michigan, he’ll never get the professors, state employees and die hard libs but he WILL scrape off some line workers and former dems that used to have good jobs.

And it is not racist in the least!

Tim Zank on February 6, 2012 at 7:16 PM

In both ads, it’s the Americans that look like ignoramuses–not the Chinese.

RBMN on February 6, 2012 at 5:07 PM

You’re right, it’s a stupid, bigoted ad that uses the worst stereotypes to make a point that will appeal only to the most ignorant.

It suggests that the our massive imbalances with China are simply linked to federal spending. In reality, it’s our short-sighted trade policies that have created a massive trade imbalance that’s a much larger and more systematic problem. People don’t have the patience or knowledge to try and understand that a policy of semi-trade with a country that artificially controls the value of its currency ultimately leads to the large-scale transfer of wealth out of the United States.

bayam on February 6, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Can the posters who claim this ad is racist please explain why? The only thing I have heard is that the actress uses “broken english.” The actress is playing the role of a Chinese citizen — in China. That was pretty damn good English if you ask me. I know lots of asian people in the US that speak a lot more broken english than that. Would it even make sense for a Chinese citizen to be speaking perfect English??

Someone who is an expert in political correctness, please explain this.

kmalkows on February 6, 2012 at 7:27 PM

You know what is despicable? Senator Debbie Stabenow. She needs to be retired ASAP. We can’t afford to keep her voting our tax dollars away on useless liberal pet projects.

Great ad. End of story.

Conservative4Ever on February 6, 2012 at 7:54 PM

My response was in Jazz’s thread. As for the points AllahPundit makes, with respect to a better showing (factories, military), I would agree.

is it racist to have Jackie Chan in Rush Hour?

John Kettlewell on February 6, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Unbunch your panties people. This ad is working here in MI.

Debbie Stabenow will forever be known as Debbie SpendItNow!!!!!!

Pete Hoekstra has been all over the state media today. Big bang for his buck!!!

karenhasfreedom on February 6, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Those weak-kneed soft Republicans are at it, again. “Oh, noez! You can’t say that!!! Democrats will call it raaaaacist and won’t like us anymore!” Puuuhleeeeze! Grow a pair, will ya? When some lib hears “boy” at the end of a sentence which had neither “boy” nor racial undertones, it becomes irrelevant what the fringe racist Left thinks, nor whether they like us. Because they don’t, and, they don’t. They never will, and, they never will.

Again, spineless Wimpublicans, grow some vertebrae and maybe even some brass. Nobody ever won a war by surrendering every battle before the first shot was fired.

John Hitchcock on February 6, 2012 at 10:34 PM

This ad led off the 11 pm news tonite on the local ABC station. LOL

As I said above, MONEY WELL SPENT!!!

karenhasfreedom on February 6, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Whoot, Hoekstra will “fight like a girl”, because he said he plans to hit this campaign theme hard and he is not backing down.

Now the local anchors is trying to explain to us that it is racist because of the broken English. Then they have a lineup of the prominent black ministers from Detroit crying racism!!!!!!!!! Hoekstra said they are crying racism because they can’t win the argument.

This guy is NOT backing down, he is calling them out for overusing the racism charge.

This guy is SO going to win this primary and election.

karenhasfreedom on February 6, 2012 at 11:05 PM

Isn’t he of the Moderate Voice?

beatcanvas on February 6, 2012 at 5:19 PM

There’s a reason why the Rockefellerian elites are associated with the NE. They’re Republicans first and foremost and liberally progressive, without a principled conservative bone.

Not all of the Yanks are Rockefellerians, just more than enough to rule the roost, hence Mittness, Scuzzyfava et al.

AH_C on February 6, 2012 at 11:24 PM

Again,

20+ years of political correctness indoctrination = “worry” that the ad is racist….

Gohawgs on February 7, 2012 at 1:59 AM

both are great ads. why don’t we get to see these during the super bowl? What distresses me is that people create effective ads like this but they’re only shown on youtube!! They need to be shown to the couch potato’s of America. DD

Darvin Dowdy on February 7, 2012 at 7:35 AM

This is a pretty good ad and tags DebbieSpendItNow pretty good! Those whining about how the Dems will cry racism and that it’s not politically correct sound like the same losers who vote in the same ol’ go-along, get-along Pubbies like McCain, Lugar, i.e. the RINOs. Remember Ryan and the wheelchair/cliff Dem commercial – no mainstream media outrage whatsoever. I hear it’s going over pretty good in MI.

Bob in VA on February 7, 2012 at 9:15 AM

The truth hurts…

rokkit on February 7, 2012 at 11:10 AM