Ancient Chinese secret: No bad publicity

Even the star of Pete Hoekstra's "Debbie Spend-it-now" campaign now says it was a bad idea, and has apologized, via her Facebook page:

"I am deeply sorry for any pain that the character I portrayed brought to my communities," Chan wrote. "As a recent college grad who has spent time working to improve communities and empower those without a voice, this role is not in any way representative of who I am. It was absolutely a mistake on my part and one that, over time, I hope can be forgiven. I feel horrible about my participation and I am determined to resolve my actions."

Chan's walkback comes on the heels of the usual outrage from the usual suspects, from Clark Durant, Hoekstra's opponent for the GOP senatorial nomination, to various Asian-American groups. There have been parodies, and a Truth Squad analysis called multiple fouls for non-sequiturs and, of course, crude ethnic stereotyping.

Which means, of course, that the spot was a roaring success. Michigan primary voters were likely not bothered by it, and this blog represents yet more free-media attention being paid to Hoekstra's campaign. Well played, Pete Puppetmaster!

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