The Republican health care legislation is deeply, deeply unpopular with conservatives. In conservative districts, Republicans who backed the plan were getting lit up by both local talk radio hosts and their own constituents. So advertising that Republicans in these districts backed the very unpopular plan would be a very stupid idea. But that is exactly what a pro-Donald Trump group called America First Policies intends to do.
The Washington Post reports the group, America First Policies, is starting the campaign Monday and it will be split among the following 12 Republicans: Reps. Jeff Duncan of South Carolina, Thomas Garrett of Virginia, Tom Graves of Georgia, David Joyce of Ohio, Brian Mast of Florida, Martha McSally of Arizona, Gary Palmer of Alabama, Keith Rothfus of Pennsylvania, David Schweikert of Arizona, Scott Tipton of Colorado and Rob Wittman of Virginia.
They might as well run ads saying these congressmen support puppy killers and child molesters, both of which are as popular as the Republican health care plan in those districts. Highlighting that they backed something their constituents opposed will not be helpful.