Woops! That Wasn’t The Plan

Remember the racist commercial released by Pete Hoekstra of Michigan during the Superbowl?

According to ABC News, that commercial didn't exactly have the intended effect on the electorate Hoekstra was hoping for.

The racially insensitive campaign ad that ignited an onslaught of criticism against Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra has inspired a flood of fundraising for his chief rival, incumbent Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.

Within hours after the Hoekstra ad aired during the Super Bowl Feb. 5, featuring an Asian girl commending “Debbie Spend-It-Now” in broken English for shipping U.S. jobs to China, Stabenow launched a money “bomb” in response to what she called the “shocking” and “nasty” ad.

As of Friday, Stabenow’s money “bomb” had brought in $155,720, about $11,000 more than Hoekstra spent on the ad attacking her.

Woops! It's good to know that there are areas of the country where blatant racism doesn't pay off.

Hoekstra's website associated with the commercial, which was arguably even more offensive than the commercial was, has been taken down.

Also - both sides aren't the same, contrary to what Chuck Todd would have you believe.

  • eljefejeff

    that’s awesome Ashby, don’t let em get away with that crap

  • http://drangedinaz.wordpress.com/ IrishGrrrl

    Woohoo Ashby! Tell it!

  • West_of_the_Cascades

    Chuck Todd is an asshole. Good on you for pounding on him — did he respond to your follow-up or just drop it and slink away?

    • JMAshby

      Dropped it and later deleted his response

  • http://rob.yurkowski.net/ Rob Yurkowski

    What really gets my goat: the term ‘money bomb’ being used in any context other than independent grassroots fundraising.

    You can’t ‘launch a money bomb’. You can solicit donations. It’s only a ‘money bomb’ if it’s a sudden, short-term explosion of donation.

    God forbid journalists should research the words they use and the social constructs they report on. But this is the era of terrorist fist jabs, I guess.

  • mrbrink

    Wait, there’s a difference between racist economic policy and just economic policy? Stop the presses! Chuck Todd wants to stab them again.

  • JackDaniel07

    Atta boy Ashby!

  • i_a_c

    Way to take Chuck Todd to task. He’s truly clueless in his current role as a “reporter,” White House correspondent no less. NBC should never have promoted him from number cruncher, a role he was actually very good at.