The quintessential establishment figure, Mitt Romney, went on TV to deliver a “major” speech. And Mitch McConnell has said GOP senators may have to disavow Trump, if he’s the nominee. Other establishment figures have even said they may not even vote for Trump, if he’s their own party nominee. Yeah, yeah, yeah, we’ve heard grumbling and grousing before, and parties always seem to fall behind a Goldwater or McGovern.

The difference now is that the parties are becoming irrelevant. Super pacs have and spend most of the money, and party “bosses” just have to sit and watch.

We reported that the Koch Brothers have refused to join the anti-trump movement. However, we’re hearing that American Future Fund — a group with ties to conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch — released three anti-Trump ads this week. Other fat cats have not been so shy about shelling out cash.

Time Magazine reports that Super pacs have gone all out:

In the final two weeks before Super Tuesday, Republican super PACs coalesced, airing roughly 8,500 ads blasting GOP front-runner Donald Trump, according to a Center for Public Integrity review of new data provided by Kantar Media/CMAG. . .

Conservative Solutions PAC — a super PAC supporting Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida — waged a $4.5 million anti-Trump campaign in just the past week, according to federal campaign finance filings. . .[They] reserved more than 4,500 ads spots that hounded Trump during the past week, according to Kantar Media/CMAG data.

Katie Packer, a former Mitt Romney campaign staffer, established a super PAC solely dedicated to discrediting Trump. Formed days before the Feb. 1 Iowa caucuses, Our Principles PAC has spent about $4.4 million on anti-Trump ad barrages that cast him as a liberal. For Super Tuesday, it aired anti-Trump spots nine times nationally, spending just over $400,000 on the ads.

Also targeting Trump is Club for Growth and American Future Fund — two conservative outside groups that have spent millions of dollars in recent elections. Club for Growth aired nearly 1,000 ads ahead of Super Tuesday.

The Daily Caller says they don’t even care if they sink the party:

Two conservative PACs have announced plans to spend millions of dollars in anti-Trump advertisements in key upcoming primary states, and neither one is particularly worried about the prospect of inadvertently helping Hillary Clinton.

Both Our Principles PAC and Club for Growth announced Wednesday that they are launching anti-Trump ads in Florida, Illinois, and Michigan. Our Principles is heavily funded by the Ricketts family and is ran by former Romney deputy campaign manager Katie Packer. Club for Growth PAC has a history of campaigning negatively against Trump, spending $1 million in ads against him in the run-up to Iowa. . .

Packer. . .openly does not care about the potentially negative results of a brokered convention. She told TheDC, “I’m not particularly worried about discord in the Republican Party, I’m worried about losing our brand as a conservative alternative to the Democrats.”

We’ve heard this before, too. Some conservatives want to control the party more than they want to win elections. Control. There’s more:

This isn’t the only anti-Trump group to openly admit they wish to stop new people from participating in the Republican primary. A previous group, Trump Card LLC, ran by Liz Mair, issued a memo to potential donors that its intended goal is to not change the opinion of Trump’s supporters in favor of another candidate, but to keep them “from voting altogether.”

Won’t this just help to elect Hillary?

Club for Growth communications director Doug Sachtleben told The Daily Caller. . . “What we’ve done is explain the truth about Trump. We’ve put out the facts about Trump, however people vote they vote, but we represent our members and our members want to see strong economic conservatives.”

Packer was more open about how damaging their campaign could be to the Republican frontrunner in the fall, “what we’re trying to do is demonstrate to people that these are his vulnerabilities.” She said, “well if you don’t think Hillary is going to run those ads, then I think you’re smoking something.”

So the GOP is in deep trouble. Trump supporters are adamant. They want their man. If either the establishment, or “establishment conservatives” steal the nomination, a lot of people will sit out the election. And the thing is, Trump is appealing to a lot of Democrats. If he’s not on the ballot, their new-found political interest may slide right over to the “D” side.

13 COMMENTS

  1. They had Trump pledge to support the Rep. nominee regardless of whether he won. He played along. Now the establishment is reneging and being hypocritical. I wasn’t a Trump supporter before last night but now I am.

  2. I am a democrat and I love Trump because he is going to make our party revolt against the establishment as well. Keep up the good work and make little rubio and cruz go beg for money and sell their principles to stay in race.

  3. These Republican Hypocrites! Sickening! Their Disgusting Behavior is what’s Repulsive! They make #Trump Look like a Saint! Some of them want to take Away our. Sovernity! Stand Strong with Trump! He really wants to MakeAmericaGreat Again! We Must Not Give that up! I trust Trump to Do the Best he can for America! Not Divide us! Enough!!

  4. Yes Martin! I love Trump too! I don’t blame you look what you have to Choose from, as a Democrat! You are an American! President Trump is Uniting us!! Thanks for your Comment! Let’s Make sure the Establishment doesn’t ruin OUR chance to make Trump President!

  5. If there is a brokered convention and Romney gets the nomination, then all hell is going to break loose. Not only would Romney be running, but Trump would run as an independent and that would set up an easy Democrat win. But if Bloomberg does run, then this election is going to be utterly fascinating and anyone’s game.

    Talk about a crazy election year.

    • And one that will set a record. We’ll either have our first woman President, our first Jewish President, our first Hispanic President, the first President born in another country, or our last President. I just hope Bloomberg stays out of it.

      • Actually. . .if we elected Bloomberg, we’d get it all.
        He has the money of Trump.
        He’s a Democratic-Republican-Independent, like Trump and Bernie.
        He’s also Jewish.
        Some would say he’s sleazy, like Cruz.
        He has the “magnetism” of Hillary,
        the personality of Kasich,
        and his candidacy would be as hopeless as Rubio.

  6. The way through these deep waters might be Kasich – Rubio ticket. Though I’d prefer Cruz I also believe compromise has to be allowed to avoid the schizophrenia (thank you Ben Carson) this nation sufferssuffers. And Tea Party won’t.

  7. My husband and I both voted for Donald Trump. My husband is a Vietnam Vet, 3 tours of duty and we both believe in Mr.Trump.

  8. The Republican establishment are so afraid of Trump (they can’t control him) that now the Republican PACS are after him. Mitt Romney needs to sit down and shut up. He had his chance and blew it. This anti Trump movement by the establishment just shows you how corrupt they are. Get out the vote for Trump.

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