What is going in Michigan?
Looks like Peter Hoekstra, Michigan Republican candidate for Senate, took a political gamble that capitalizes on old, tired racist stereotypes against Asians.
We won't say much since basically even some key leaders and pundits in Hoekstra's own GOP party are saying his Super Bowl ad and his Debbie Spend It Now website (which refers US Senator Debbie Stabenow, the Democratic incumbent) was just so off-base and so inappropriate, they have no words. For a more detailed account of the back story, read what the Washington Post has to say.
In the meantime, see Hoekstra's campaign video, which he approved.
Then visit some of the images from the Debbie Spend It Now page.
As for Hoekstra? He won't back down (well, at least for now). The Washington Post reports:
“It’s not a stereotype at all. Through the creative, this is a young woman in China who’s speaking English,” Hoekstra added on Fox News Monday afternoon, referring to the fictional environment of the ad. “That’s quite an achievement.”
On WJR radio Monday morning, Hoekstra called it “probably the best ad of the political season.”