Michigan's current senate race has given me more headaches and laughs (and then more headaches) than any other, courtesy of former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land. For those unfamiliar, as Michigan Secretary of State, Land was responsible for enforcing election laws, calling for "openness and accountability" in the political process. But, oh so surprisingly (/s), she herself cannot account for $3M of her own campaign funds. Here's the most recent data available on Land from opensecrets.org. Here's her opponent, Gary Peters. One of these things is not like the other.
And lets look at that campaign for a moment. I see her ads daily, even hourly if I'm loafing in front of my tv (which I do for most weekend hours). Her ads have virtually no content, no mention of her platform or her stance on any issues. Occasionally they attempt to make some sort of point but end up being utterly ridiculous. Case in point:
That was her response to criticism of her support of abortion restriction (she supports abortion only in cases where the mother's life is in danger) and Personhood, her view that women don't really want equal pay, and her desire to repeal Obamacare. Or, as we know it, the War on Women. Informative, wasn't it?
Another ad simply promises to "put Michigan first!" with a bunch of people holding up their "mitten" and pointer finger. Mmmmkay.
But I guess you can go all Baby Town Frolic in your campaign when you've got the Koch brothers backing you.