Pete Hoekstra is as clever as he is disingenuous.

Hoekstra announced he will join Michele Bachmann and about two dozen others as founding members of the US House of Representative Tea Party Caucus.

Let’s be clear. This has nothing to do with the Tea Party. And it isn’t about whether or not Pete is a “conservative”. This is 100% about Pete Hoekstra fighting for his political career — which is clearly on the ropes — and he’s at the point where he’ll do anything or say anything to get elected.

“I was the tea party movement before the tea party,” Hoekstra said in an interview with the Associated Press.

Pete gets points for being clever. Just as he took advantage of President Obama’s shot last week in Holland — the President criticized “some folks” who voted against the stimulus package but show up for “ribbon cuttings”, which appeared to be a clear jab at Hoekstra who’s been an outspoken critic of Obama — by parlaying it into media attention, he’s now trying to capitalize on the Tea Party Movement.

Historically, only the most passionate vote in primary elections, and the Tea Party folks among the most rabid.

It’s no secret I don’t like what Pete Hoekstra stands for — I think the state of Michigan will be far worse off if Hoekstra wins on August 3. But his announcement today that he’s joining Bachmann and the House Tea Party Caucus with only a few months left in his career in the US House screams of disingenuous pandering timed around the upcoming election.

Frankly, it makes me sick to my stomach.

I hope this shameless attempt backfires.

And just in case you’re not familiar with Bachmann, click here and here to learn more about her wildly extreme positions. By any objective standard, Michele Bachmann is far outside the mainstream.

Hoekstra doesn’t care.

He wants to WIN.

He wants to be in power.

Today’s move was the sign of just how much.

If that doesn’t scare you, I don’t know what will.

Michigan can, and must, do better than Pete Hoekstra!

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