The Swift Boating of Jennifer Granholm
by Interrobanger, Fri Jul 07, 2006 at 04:37:10 PM EDT
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.
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]