A Fundraising Letter Too Far
Rep. Pete Hoekstra’s (R-Mich.) ill-advised decision to send out a fundraising letter promoting his criticism of the Obama administration’s handling of last week’s botched terrorist plot is getting the full Democratic National Committee-brushback treatment. Via Ben Smith, here’s the full statement, best read aloud with a single breath:
It was shameful that Republicans like Mr. Hoekstra would attempt to play politics with our national security at all, but raising money off it is beyond the pale. Republicans are playing politics with issues of national security and terrorism, and that they would use this incident as an opportunity to fan partisan flames and raise money for political campaigns tells you all you need to know about how far the Republican party has fallen and how out of step with the American people they have become. The American people simply will not tolerate the likes of Mr. Hoekstra and the Republican Party playing politics with the serious issues of national security and terrorism — especially after the mess they left this country in both domestically and on national security after eight years of failed leadership
This muddies the waters somewhat, and it might haunt Hoekstra, but this doesn’t cure the Democrats’ mysterious malady that leads to them ceding every terror-related news cycle to Hoekstra and Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.).