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Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Frank Luntz: “Protect Wall Street From Those Socialist Bureaucrats!!”

Get ready for the next round of “grass roots” corporate front groups and choreographed “demonstrations” against financial reform.

Frank Luntz is BACK. (Did he ever leave?)

If you remember Newt Gingrich’s Contract On America in the mid-1990s, and last year’s multi-billion dollar Astroturf campaign against health care reform, then you’re familiar with Frank Luntz, whether his name rings a bell or not. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.

In the past year we’ve all seen these phony “demonstrations” carried out by HMO lobbyists — and millions of gullible cerebrally-challenged dunces who hang on their every word — marching and waving signs saying “hands off MY health care” and “Your Health, Your Problem,” etc.

They were saying what Frank Luntz told them to say.

And now Frank Luntz is telling his faithful gullible drones how to keep enabling and empowering Wall Street — to their OWN detriment — while convincing these drooling dumbfucks that all of America’s financial problems were created by Obama’s Communist bureaucrats meddling in our Free Enterprise system.

Warning: .pdf file (I hate those fuckin’ things): Here is a link to Frank Luntz’ memo telling all of his sycophants what to say, when to say it, how to think and which orifice to wipe.

Read it and weep. Here’s how you get them slaves to start worshiping their Masters and blame all of their problems on them Yankee “outsiders” who will ruin everything they’ve ever known.

This document isn’t too slow-loading as far as .pdf documents go. Please scroll through it, and get a preview of the Far Right/Oligarch/Wall Street talking points you’ll be seeing and hearing over and over in the next few months. Bet you can’t wait.

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17 Comments:

Blogger Randal Graves said...

Luntz in PDF form? Why do you hate us so much?

February 2, 2010 at 7:10 AM  
Anonymous Jolly Roger said...

The clock is ticking. I just hope that when everything implodes, Luntz is someplace inclined to prosecute him.

February 2, 2010 at 7:36 AM  
Blogger TomCat said...

Thanks for posting this Tom. I almost did, so I'm glad to see it getting coverage. The memo makes it clear that, as usual, the primary GOP strategy will be to lie.

February 2, 2010 at 10:24 AM  
Blogger Suzan said...

Thanks, Tom.

You are a true patriot - someone who loves his country and is taking to his steed to alert the citizenry that "the NeoCons are coming!" (again). Of course, they never left. No matter what anyone says.

I'm quoting and linking you at my site.

Thanks!

S
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February 2, 2010 at 10:26 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Randal: It's my evil plot against libruls -- make all their computers slow down.

JR: Agreed on both -- the clock is ticking, and it would be great to see Luntz prosecuted.

TomCat: That's it; lying, derailing and obstructing is all the GOP stands for.

Suzan: Thanks. "The Neocons are coming!" -- LOL. And of course, like you said, they never left.

February 2, 2010 at 11:44 AM  
Blogger MadMike said...

Tom writes:

"And now Frank Luntz is telling his faithful gullible drones how to keep enabling and empowering Wall Street — to their OWN detriment — while convincing these drooling dumbfucks that all of America’s financial problems were created by Obama’s Communist bureaucrats meddling in our Free Enterprise system."

Given what we know about the latest most reputable poll of idiots I think your paragraph says it all Tom.

February 2, 2010 at 12:51 PM  
Blogger MadMike said...

LOL Randal!!

February 2, 2010 at 12:51 PM  
Anonymous Thomas said...

At least the conservatives can summon up some outrage and initiate some action.

This is as opposed to progressives who can't seem to get our shit together on anything.

February 2, 2010 at 1:06 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

MadMike: True, that survey at your blog sure does show the rightwing intelligence level (or lack thereof).

Thomas: That's exactly what I think whenever I read about a well-organized rightwing operation. As maddening as it is, why can't the Democrats do something like that?

February 2, 2010 at 1:15 PM  
Blogger Holte Ender said...

The oft used adage Tell a lie, make it a big one, keep repeating it, and eventually everyone will believe it is as true as ever. But, why can't telling the truth have the same effect? Tell the truth, keep telling it and eventually everyone will believe it. That's what the Democratic word doctors should keep pumping out. The Truth.

February 2, 2010 at 2:53 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Holte: Interesting concept, "tell the truth, keep telling it and eventually everyone will believe it." It's worth a shot, if any Democrats out there have the gumption to try it out.

February 2, 2010 at 3:03 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

I'm thinking I can wait. It just angers me that they cannot think for themselves and have to be told what to say and how to say it. PO did call him out on his use of talking points at the GoOpsters meeting last week as it realtes to basically anything. Same old tired ideas, that you would think they would get tired of using or the people would get tired of hearing. Apparently the GoOpsters are all about staying stupid. The only thing I cn truly say, I am SO very glad I can think for myself and don't rely on anyone to tell me what to say and when to say it.

February 2, 2010 at 3:46 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jess: You're right, it must be terrible for a person to know, deep inside, that he/she has no ability to reason or think critically. And within that category, there are probably people who are smart enough to know how gullible and easily led they are; and others who are too clueless to even know how clueless they are.

February 2, 2010 at 6:29 PM  
Blogger Lew Scannon said...

The Republican followers are always looking for leadership because they can't think for themselves, and they look for someone more intelligent then they are to tell them what and how to think. But to the Republicans, conniving and dishonesty always translate into smarts.

February 2, 2010 at 7:54 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Lew: They certainly do need a strong leader. Partly because they can't think for themselves, and partly because they need a stern father figure who'll tell them exactly what's what, and whup them if they get out of line. They wouldn't want it any other way.

February 2, 2010 at 9:36 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Tom wrote: "and others who are too clueless to even know how clueless they are."

As in "Sometimes we don't know what we don't know." Shades of Don Rumsfeld, LOL.

Luntz is a political huckster. I'm sure if they were to try to get him and pay him enough, Luntz would cross the street and provide the same "services" to Democrats. Of course, I'm glad Dems aren't doing that.

Republicans behave more like a political pressure group than a major party. One manifestation is that they're big on "message discipline," which means all of them singing from that same songbook, so to speak. It's been that way since the Goldwater days.

Because that's the rule, gadflies like Michael Steele and slightly different thinkers like Chuck Hagel tend to stand out like a sore thumb.

Why do they do it this way? First, because it has worked for them so many times. They used this approach to brand Democrats irresponsible pacifists, wild free spenders, pro-abortion and anti-gun rights over the years with great success. Sometimes it hasn't worked, as when they tried to tar Democrats as promoting a "culture of death."

BTW, anyone who doesn't want to read the .pdf can just tune in CNN regularly in the coming days, especially Wolf Blitzer's Situation Room. You'll see Republicans who've memorized the talking points. They'll be tossed setup questions and then given plenty of time to recite Luntz's handiwork. Or, tune in This Week on ABC Sunday morning.

February 3, 2010 at 12:26 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

SW: Luntz would probably paraphrase Charles Colson's famous line, "I'd walk on my grandmother for Nixon."

That's a good description of the GOP, that they're more of a pressure group than a political party. They have so many think tanks and shadowy corporate front groups, it's almost irrelevant whether they've won or lost the last election.

That .pdf file was actually fairly quick; took about a minute or so to download. Some of them take forever.

February 3, 2010 at 12:31 PM  

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