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Seems U.S. Rep Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.), considered a leading Michigan gubernatorial candidate, has decided to try hard to cash in on whatever fear and anger has been generated by the botched terrorist attack at Detroit Metro Airport on Christmas Day.

Expectedly, the full fundraising letter from Hoekstra meanders through attacks on the stereotypical range of liberal suspects—from U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the New York Times to the "weak-kneed liberals who have recently tried to bring Guantanamo Bay terrorists right here to Michigan!" (somehow he missed arugula lettuce)—but even as he excoriates all things left, the man who wants to be Michigan's next governor still takes the time to include this gem:

There should be no partisan rancor when it comes to keeping our citizens safe.

Heh. Gotta admire a man who opts for the high road.

But seriously, can Hoekstra be any more crass in his hypocrisy and desperate in his efforts to get some partisan mileage out of this? I mean, he talks big on national security when he's looking for donations, but Pete Hoekstra is the very same man who this year voted against a bill that would've provided funding to the Transportation Security Administration for the detection of explosives at airports.And while his hypocrisy is worse, I'm just as annoyed by how his weak attempts to seem relevant in this whole discussion about national security instead make him seem like more of a know-nothing:

“It's not surprising,” U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, a Holland Republican, said of the alleged terrorist attempt to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight in Detroit. A Nigerian who authorities said had told them he was ordered by al-Qaida to detonate an explosive was in custody. Reports linked the explosives to Yemen.“People have got to start connecting the dots here and maybe this is the thing that will connect the dots for the Obama administration,” said Hoekstra.

Hoekstra hadn't yet been briefed on the incident but said he is already calling on the Obama administration to meet with Intelligence Committee members to fully inform them about the alleged terrorism attempt at the Detroit airport.

"Connecting the dots?" WTF? And why is a ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee flapping his gums about dots and what not before he's even been briefed?

And then there was his Twitter comment the day of the incident:

Administration says attempted terrorist attack. No. It was a terrorist attack! Just not as successful as they (AQ) planned.

So...? You're mad because they pointed out that the plot didn't work? That's the stuff that outrages our would-be next guv?

And now Hoekstra--the same man who once actually fixed his lips to claim, "We have discovered weapons of mass destruction in Iraq"--wants you to believe he's got the good sense, foresight, priorities and brains it takes to help keep us safe as governor? Sorry, but I'm with James Carville and Steve Benen on this one.

Michigan's got enough problems as it is, even with this guy embarrassing us in the House of Representatives (not to mention cyberspace). I don't think we need a "Governor" Pete Hoekstra making things any worse.

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