Sneering John Kasich, who’s about as appealing as an abused pit bull tied up in a Columbus, Ohio, garage on Buckeye game day, has declared war on GOP front-runner Donald Trump:
John Kasich has attacked Donald Trump relentlessly in debates and now his super PAC is planning to invest $2.5 million in the most aggressive takedown of the poll leader yet — on behalf of an increasingly anxious GOP establishment. The attack, according to a blueprint shared with POLITICO, will play out over the next two months on radio, TV, mail and online in New Hampshire. Strategists with the pro-Kasich group, called New Day for America, say the budget for the anti-Trump campaign is likely to grow.
The offensive comes as some in the GOP are beginning to plot how to combat the real estate mogul and entertainer, who many are convinced would essentially deliver the White House to Democrats if he were the nominee. In launching the effort, the group hopes to position Kasich, who has lagged in the Republican contest and is searching for momentum, as a central Trump antagonist. “We will be the tip of the spear against Trump,” said Matt David, a spokesman for the super PAC.
Good luck with that, John.
Rather than go after Trump for his business dealings or his past support for liberal causes, as some of his opponents have tried to do, the super PAC will depict Trump as someone who would be a deeply ineffective commander-in-chief and ill-suited for the demands of the Oval Office.
That seems to me precisely the wrong tree up which to bark, but — good luck with that, John.
Fred Davis, the group’s colorful Hollywood-based ad-maker who is best-known for producing the “Demon Sheep” ad in the 2010 California Senate race, is working on a pair of anti-Trump TV ads. The commercials, David said, are designed to “accelerate what we believe would be buyers’ remorse” that would arise from a Trump presidency.
Let’s ask California senator Carly Fiorina how well that worked out, John.
Trump responded to the news by lashing out at Kasich on Twitter. “I want to do negative ads on John Kasich, but he is so irrelevant to the race that I don’t want to waste my money,” Trump wrote in one tweet.
I know which way I’m betting on this one.