Friday, July 07, 2006

With "friends" like this, who needs enemies?

Back in the old Usenet days of the internet, there was a term called Godwin's Law. For all intents and purposes, it means that in a debate, whoever calls the opponent Nazi's of Fascists has nothing productive to say and loses the debate.

Detroit PAC "Voice the Vote" took a full page ad out in the Chronicle that violates Godwin's Law, and then some.

From the Free Press
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.

Now while I believe democrats take blacks (and also labor) for granted, this is not the smartest way to address that, and will most likely backfire. All it's doing is making people mad. DeVos isn't happy with this, since he'll get blamed - even though he has nothing to do with it.

The newspaper ad features the story of Jesse Owens, an African American and gold medal winner at the 1936 Munich Olympics who became a supporter of the Republican candidate for president that year. Owens said he did so, in part, because Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt, like Hitler, had not shaken his hand after the Olympic performance and the Republican candidate, Kansas Gov. Alf Landon, had.

The ad features photographs of Hitler, Owens and, in addition to Granholm, former Presidents Lyndon Johnson, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. It urges black voters to "Say No to Governor Granholm in November."

But both Mongo and Harbin said it was not an endorsement of DeVos.

"Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right..."


Mark Twain said...

I've never heard of this group but no sane person with any credibility would make these kinds of statements. This begs the question: Who are these kooks and what is their agenda?

As for the candidates for Governor, they've done all they can do, which is to distance themselves from the group and disavow the things they have been saying. Educated voters won't pay any attention to them and uneducated voters will do what they always do and vote Democrat anyway.

Count Me Red said...

All I can say is: