Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Hoekstra the Huckster

Never let it be said that Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) didn’t know how to exploit terrorism for fun and profit.

Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) is now jumping upon the the Northwest Airlines attack — and using it to raise money for his gubernatorial campaign, the Grand Rapids Press reports.

In the letter, Hoekstra denounces the Obama administration on a whole range of national security issues — ranging from Flight 253 itself to Guantanamo Bay, investigation of the interrogation techniques used during the Bush administration, and what Hoekstra calls Obama policies that “impress the ‘Blame America First’ crowd at home and his thousands of fans overseas.”

By contrast, Hoekstra promises to stand up for Michigan. And he asks for your financial help to do it.

Steve Benen wonders “just how pathetic does a politician have to be to try to raise money off the attempted murder of hundreds of innocent Americans? Just how desperate does that politician have to be to see a plot to blow up an airplane over American soil and think, ‘You know, maybe I can exploit this to pick up a few checks.'”

As I’ve noted many times before, no one ever lost an election by exploiting the fear and paranoia of the American electorate. But maybe it’s time someone did.