The PJ Tatler

Club for Growth Drops a Cool Million on Anti-Trump Ads

The summer lull is over.

One of Washington’s most influential conservative advocacy groups will take aim at Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on the airwaves in the early voting state of Iowa.

Club for Growth Action, a Super PAC that is permitted to spend unlimited amounts of campaign money, said on Tuesday it is buying $1 million worth of attack ads that describe the New York real estate mogul as too liberal and backing policies that are contrary to conservative principles.

Trump has skyrocketed to the top of the field of Republicans vying to represent the party in the November 2016 election. He is leading in polls nationally and in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire, which have outsized influence on the process.

“It’s important, I think, for the ads to show people, ‘Watch what he’s doing.’ He’s playing them for chumps,” Club for Growth President David McIntosh said. “I think the American people are wiser than that. They’ll get it.”

After weeks of watching this drama play out on social media and television, I really don’t know that there is a dollar amount that will change the minds of the people devoted to Trump. It’s a full-blown cult of personality at this point and his adherents aren’t in it intellectually — this is an emotional investment for them that a TV ad won’t sway.

There are some who don’t swoon over Trump, but are so sick of being lied to by the GOP that any alternative is palatable. Many in this camp know full well that Trump isn’t conservative, but they simply don’t care anymore. GOP leadership isn’t conservative either, so why not let this scorched-earth mania play out?

At this point, the best hope for the Trump haters may be Trump’s attention span.