Top GOPer Fundraising off Terror Incident
by Jonathan Singer, Tue Dec 29, 2009 at 09:23:56 AM EST
Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI), the top GOPer on the House Intelligence Committee, is using the Christmas Day terror attack on a Detroit-bound airliner to raise money for his MI GOV race.
In a letter to potential donors, Hoekstra uses the incident -- in which a Nigerian man tried to light explosives concealed in his pants in order to bring down the plane -- to bash "weak-kneed liberals" he says threaten national security.
Whether it's playing politics by blocking President Obama's nominees for key security posts in the administration or attempting to fundraise of off an apparent attempted terrorist attack, the GOP is plainly showing the country that it simply is not serious about the issue of national security. While Republicans continue to play for headlines like the one today in Politico -- GOP seizes on terror issue (in other words, dog chases mailman) -- when it comes to actual security rather than scoring political points, the GOP is clearly deficient.