Monday, August 6, 2007

Club for Growth is Going After Huckabee

So I was watching the news on a central Iowa station tonight and an ad came on that attacked Mike Huckabee. My first thought was that the ad must be sponsored by Sam Brownback who is neck and neck with Huckabee trying to see who will win the Christian Right vote in next week's GOP straw poll in Ames. But no! At the end of the ad the sponsor comes up as the "Club for Growth".

Do they just have money to burn that they are running ads against Brownback? Do they seriously think that he is in danger of winning the GOP nomination? Are they that starved for attention that they must run an ad just to feel like they are part of the process?

For those who don't know the Club for Growth, they are a 'pro-business', anti-tax group that is also a big supporter of falling bridges, failed levies, and homemade body armour. Before the 2004 Iowa caucuses they ran an ad non-stop against Howard Dean that refered to his campaign as a "tax-hiking, government-expanding, latte-drinking, sushi-eating, volvo-driving, New York Times-reading, body-piercing, Hollywood-loving left-wing freak show." They also have run anti-tax zealots against slightly less anti-tax Republican incumbants.

Their website says that the week-long ad buy will cost them $85,000 and will cover the Des Moines broadcast stations and cable systems across the state.