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GOP consultant Frank Luntz "can't get his calls returned"


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GOP consultant, pollster, strategist, and attack dog Frank Luntz is "profoundly depressed." Now he knows how we feel after listening to his "re-framing" blather all these years. But I digress.

He's down and out because his side lost in 2012, and "there's nothing [he] can do about it." Thankfully.

Actually, he did make one good point, opining that, as The Atlantic put it, Americans "didn't listen to each other as they once had. They weren't interested in hearing other points of view. They were divided one against the other, black vs. white, men vs. women, young vs. old, rich vs. poor."

Hmm, now how did that happen?

Black vs. white: Did GOP voter suppression aid and abet?

Men vs. women: Did shutting down women's health service providers and forcing trans-vaginal ultrasounds aid and abet?

Rich vs. poor: Did attempts to kill Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security aid and abet? Did corporate "people" hoard their profits, fail to hire, and lie, cheat, and steal?

Did political shock jocks and Fox propagandists have anything to do with this sad state of affairs? Did the GOP priority to do in President Obama contribute just the teensiest bit to the bitter divides? Did all that GOP obstruction impede progress and communication? How about those raucous-bordering-on-violent health care reform town hall disruptions? And the anti-abortion extremists stalking and threatening clinics and their staffs culminating in the assassination of Dr. George Tiller? And Republicans either giving tacit approval of such activities via their silence or outright support while appearing on the so-called "liberal media"?

Any of that ring a bell, Frank? Any of that contribute to the "divide against each other" attitude you so ironically lament?

Granted, Luntz does acknowledge that he helped create this toxic atmosphere, and now *sniffle* he haz a sad, and yet...

... he blames Obama. Yesireebob, he said that.

See for yourself, via The Atlantic's "The Agony of Frank Luntz" (All together now, "Awww!"):

[H]e fell apart. Leaving his employees behind, he flew back to his mansion in Los Angeles, where he stayed for three weeks, barely going outside or talking to anyone.

"I just gave up," Luntz says. [...]

But it was Obama he principally blamed. The people in his focus groups, he perceived, had absorbed the president's message of class divisions, haves and have-nots, of redistribution. It was a message Luntz believed to be profoundly wrong, but one so powerful he had no slogans, no arguments with which to beat it back. In reelecting Obama, the people had spoken. And the people, he believed, were wrong.

Now he moans about just not being good enough to make a difference any more.

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He's *heavy sigh* ever so distraught about all those people yelling at each other, the ones he, you know, encouraged to yell at each other. And he manages to include a whole lot of Luntzisms (read: talking points) while expressing his grief. And he helped create a monster, then emerged from his lucrative bubble long enough to notice the damaging consequences, and, ta-daa! blamed the president. Got it. Perfect. True to form.

The fruits of all his messaging efforts? Well, nowadays, he's contract free:

He still advises his friends here and there, but he no longer has any ongoing political contracts. (Corporations and television networks, not politicians, are his main sources of income.) [...]

Luntz would also like to break into Hollywood as a consultant, but he can't get his calls returned. He can't figure it out. He thinks it must be a partisan thing. In every other industry, he says, 90 percent of his presentations result in a contract. But in entertainment, he pitches and pitches and pitches (he wouldn't tell me which studios or shows) and things seem to go well, but then there's some excuse. Not this time. Not the right project.

Get a clue, Frank. Not the right fit. Not the right talent. Not the right appeal. Not the right person. Not even close. Not this time, not any time.

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So much for working together. Blame Mitch McConnell... again.


As you may recall, here's what Mitch McConnell said in 2010:

In fact, in 2008 there were secret meetings led by Eric Cantor and Mitch McConnell to plan their obstruction. McConnell demanded unified resistance.

Some things never change. President Obama won re-election handily, and McConnell is insisting that Obama must do things the old white guys' way because, hey, that's what the voters want... again, after giving the president a decisive victory and after having previously given Congress the worst approval ratings in history.

Via UPI, not shockingly but amazingly, "Minority Leader Mitch McConnell indicated he wasn't ready to roll over... or concede any political ground":

"The American people did two things: They gave President Obama a second chance to fix the problems that even he admits he failed to solve during his first four years in office, and they preserved Republican control of the House of Representatives," McConnell said in a statement.

"The voters have not endorsed the failures or excesses of the president's first term, they have simply given him more time to finish the job they asked him to do together with a Congress that restored balance to Washington after two years of one-party control.

"Now it's time for the president to propose solutions that actually have a chance of passing the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and a closely divided Senate, step up to the plate on the challenges of the moment, and deliver in a way that he did not in his first four years in office.

"To the extent he wants to move to the political center, which is where the work gets done in a divided government, we'll be there to meet him half way."

If Obama moved any more to the "center," he'd have to switch parties.

Who's the divisive one again?

H/t: John Dean


On the calendar: House GOP plans vote to extend Bush tax rates


House Republicans, particularly everyone's favorite "Young Gun," Eric Cantor, have their summer calendars all marked up and ready to go, and guess what they have circled in (b)right red? Slamming President Obama and Democrats on the economy, taxes, regulations, the Affordable Care Act, and yes, even oil and gas drilling!

All of that should go a long way in calming the ridiculously toxic DC atmosphere. Good job, GOP!

Don't forget to mark your own July calendars, now, because that's when those adorable Republican sweethearts plan to vote to extend the Bush-era tax rates for all Americans... because we all know how those top 1%ers are suffering.

The Hill:

Cantor said the strategy will highlight the GOP's “underlying principles,” which he said include “reducing spending and shrinking the size of the federal government while protecting and expanding liberty.”

“Above all,” Cantor wrote, “we must continue to focus on economic growth and small business— producing results that get Americans back to work.”

Thank GOODNESS the GOP is so into expanding liberty! That commie Marxist socialist Obama has been doing his best to take all our freedoms and keep them all for himself!

As for getting Americans back to work, which jobs bill was it again, that the GOP put forward? Oh that's right, none, because they've been too busy trying to intrude on women's privacy and make personal health care decisions for them.

I do hope Eric caught my recent post! It includes a video in which Mitt Romney slips, tells the truth, and completely invalidates GOP Economics 101, including that Bain “didn’t create” jobs.

Republicans also intend to consider legislation extending the Bush-era tax rates for all income levels. Without congressional action, those tax rates expire at the end of the year, setting up a showdown with Obama and Capitol Hill Democrats who want to allow the rates to increase to pre-Bush administration levels for the wealthiest Americans.

Of course, the Senate won't go along with Eric's Big Plans, but he's hoping to make news and trouble at the same time. What a clever little scamp. I know! Let's thank him by donating to Progressives.