I have no official confirmation that this girl has been hired as Peter Hoekstra’s new PR person, but I can think of no other explanation for Senate hopeful Pete Hoekstra’s new campaign ad.
Thank you, Michigan Senator Debbie Spenditnow. Debbie spend 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.
Now, I want to take a moment to address comments like Hoekstra’s when he said, “If it’s got their attention we must be doing something right.”
If you’ve gotten someone’s attention by giving them policies to challenge and facts to debate, you’re doing something right. You’re putting yourself out there as a contender. You’re making yourself part of the conversation. Good for you! If you’ve gotten someone’s attention by putting a young Asian woman on a bicycle to pedal through rice fields in a sedge hat to the tune of a gong and a pentatonic scale, so she can smilingly criticize your opponent in broken English, it’s not because you’re a contender–it’s because you’re a racist asshole.
The Hoekstra campaign called the advertisement “satirical” and explained the broken English in the video as a reflection of China’s increasingly competitive education system.
“You have a Chinese girl speaking English–I want to hit on the education system, essentially. The fact that a Chinese girl is speaking English is a testament to how they can compete with us, when an American boy of the same age speaking Mandarin is absolutely insane, or unthinkable right now,” Hoekstra spokesperson Paul Ciaramitaro told POLITICO. “It exhibits another way in which China is competing with us globally.”
And their Web site appears to be cobbled together from clip art and old take-out menus as a statement about the encroachment of Chinese restaurants stealing diners from honest, American burger joints. Because when you don’t have policy, you don’t have philosophy, and you don’t have history, you can always fall back on the classic THE CHINESE ARE COMING FOR YOUR CHILDREN. [gonnnnng]