Terri Lynn Land, candidate for U.S. Senate in Michigan, has a new ad out this week that is one more piece in a string of evidence proving that she is truly clueless about what it takes to govern, particularly in Washington, D.C.
Her new childish ad is called “Stop Fighting, Start Listening”. In it, she tells us that she can halt the partisan gridlock in Washington because she’s “a mom” who could get her children to stop bickering:
Land says in the ad that she’s going to go to Washington, D.C. and “teach” lawmakers how to stop fighting and her momliness is what gives her the political chops to do so. What it proves is that Land has literally no idea what hs brought us to this level of political polarization. She really ought to know; she’s largely responsible for helping to create it. She’s run a campaign that is based almost exclusively on attacking the ideas of her opponent and has enlisted the billionaire Koch brothers to help. Their massive spending on deceptive anti-Gary Peters ads which have been debunked over and over and over again is just the sort of thing that makes entrenched partisanship all the more intractable.
There’s some irony in all of this because, the very same week Land is assaulting the failures of leaders in Washington, D.C., she herself was in D.C. raising funds from special interest groups and shoring up her support among the partisan groups there that she decries in her ad.
Let’s be clear: partisanship in Washington is light years away from bickering 8-year old boys in Land’s backyard. The suggestion that this political novice has anything positive to add to the mix is ludicrous. If we judge her by her actions over the past year, it’s obvious that she not only doesn’t have what it takes to provide leadership, she is also absolutely clueless about how we got here.
If Land wanted to bridge political divides, her first step would be to repudiate the Koch brothers and their corporatist front group Americans for Prosperity. It’s groups like them and their massive political spending to create a government that benefits their corporate interests that has brought us to where we are today.