The Swift Boating of Jennifer Granholm

Bumped from the diaries -- Jonathan

Once again the right has shown that they will sink to any level, and I mean ANY level to advance their agenda.  Putting images of Hitler and a swastika on the same page as former U.S. Presidents to convey your point is far outside the mainstream of acceptable advertising tactics.

Ad linking Granholm to Hitler is Under Fire

Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Republican challenger Dick DeVos were in rare agreement Thursday -- the campaign they are waging against each other doesn't have anything to do with Adolf Hitler.

Granholm and DeVos were responding to a full-page ad appearing in this week's edition of the Detroit-based Michigan Chronicle newspaper that featured photographs of Hitler and Granholm and accused Democrats of taking African-American voters for granted.

The racist ad itself is included after the jump...

Here it is:

The ad was paid for by a group called `Voice the Vote", and a man named Adolph Mongo is behind it.

Mongo, who helped put the ad together, defended the use of the Hitler image Thursday. He said it was a legitimate and necessary way to communicate the underlying message that African Americans have suffered too long from the disrespect of Democrats.

"Nobody is saying that Granholm and Hitler are the same person; it's just telling a story," Mongo said.

Oh it's just telling a story is it?  Funny how the far right loves to trot out images of Hitler to use against their opponents whenever they tell a particularly compelling "story."

The Republican candidate, Dick DeVos, has denied any connection to this ad, but it sounds like some Michigan insiders aren't so convinced:

Political consultant Sam Riddle said he believes Mongo's group is receiving support from allies of DeVos and that the aim of the ad is to damage Granholm's credibility among black voters. Riddle predicted the tactic would backfire.

Dick DeVos is going to try to evade responsibility for this, and he already has. But it's up to us to make sure he doesn't get away with it like the Preznit in 2004.

[cross-posted at Kos]

Tags: devos, Dick DeVos, gov, Governor, granholm, Hitler, Jennifer Granholm, Michigan, Nazis, racism, racists, Republicans, Swiftboat (all tags)



Re: The Swift Boating of Jennifer Granholm

Nice diary Interro. I'm relieved to see them using their idiot tactics once again.  Its also a relief to see Republicans hitting Dems instead of us abusing our own (as frequently happens in this site).

by jesusquintana 2006-07-07 07:09AM | 0 recs
Mongo looks like quite the card

Mongo seems to be quite a character in Motown politics. Straight out of blaxploitation flick, in fact.

I doubt from a cursory search whether many black MI voters treat him as anything other than a joke: his Dems take the brothers for granted shtick strikes me as old.

Perhaps this is a Granholm campaign double-bluff. Or a DeVos campaign triple-bluff.

I think we should stick with the story, though; light relief is always welcome!

by skeptic06 2006-07-07 07:59AM | 0 recs
Re: The Swift Boating of Jennifer Granholm

do we have Bob Shrum to thank again?

by zappatero 2006-07-07 09:43AM | 0 recs
Re: The Swift Boating of Jennifer Granholm

Zogby has Granholm ahead and so does Rasmussen I think Granholm will pull it out. And don't say that because Zogby had Kerry up by 311 electorial votes he should be discreated. That was based on the exit polls. But his prediction was a 269-269 tie with Bush on his online map.

by olawakandi 2006-07-07 09:59AM | 0 recs
Re: The Swift Boating of Jennifer Granholm

She needs to quickly, forcefully, and indignantly respond to this.

by edonyoung 2006-07-07 07:55PM | 0 recs
Re: The Swift Boating of Jennifer Granholm

Did everyone hear about the Swiftboat ad the GOP is launching against Menendez in NJ? NYTimes story, posted at campaign site: es/20060630_swiftboat/

(sorry I don't know how to make links)

by njfellow 2006-07-08 08:51AM | 0 recs
Re: The Swift Boating of Jennifer Granholm

Alf Landon certainly was a friend of African-Americans.  He even paid Jesse Owens $10,000 (or about 150,000 of today's dollars) for Owens' endorsement.  Maybe if today's Republicans are such friends of African-Americans, they should pay $150,000 to each African-American that will support them.

Even if it is true that Roosevelt snubbed Owens (Though I wonder what other Olympians were invited to the White House?  Was inviting Olympians standard practice then as it is today?), what does that have to do with Gov. Granholm?

Granholm is working to create jobs with the Jobs Today Initiative and 21st Century Jobs Fund.  She is increasing spending on public schools.  She is fighting for affordable health care.

What is the Republican plan for African-Americans?  Cut taxes for the rich?  Make it easier for business to pollute and to take advantage of workers?  Make it harder for Medicaid patients to get benefits?  Funnel money to insurance companies and hospitals?

by richardmathews 2006-07-10 03:30PM | 0 recs


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