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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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VIDEO: The Romney campaign thinks voters are stupid. Here's their message.


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President Obama will be cleaning up George W. Bush's mess for the rest of his time in office, including his second term.

Willard Romney has said he would continue the previous administration's policies, because, you know, that worked out so well for us under GW.

All Team Romney and his failed party have are Fox talking points and demands that, despite incessant and deliberate GOP obstruction, the president mop up BushCo's devastating wreckage more quickly.

Republicans have nothing to offer, and the sooner voters get that message, the better.

(Sorry that you have to wade through an ad just to watch a 9 second clip.)


VIDEO: German official retracts Egypt V.P. Suleiman assassination report


Yesterday I posted a breaking news alert from Fox that turned out to be completely wrong. Richard Engel later corrected what turned out to be a rumor that there had been an assassination attempt on Egypt's new Vice President Suleiman.

Here's what really happened:

Via CNN:

The German diplomat who said there was an assassination attempt against Egypt's new vice president has retracted his comments.

"I was led to believe that we had a confirmed report but in fact we didn't," Wolfgang Ischinger told CNN, adding the information he received was based on an unsubstantiated source.

Ischinger, the host of the Munich Security Conference, told a plenary session of the meeting that there was an assassination attempt against Omar Suleiman and several people were killed.

Telephone Hour, only with really bad timing.


Senate GOP attacks health care with "Second Opinion"


My initial opinion of the GOP is that they are bald-faced obstructionists who have absolutely nothing to offer, but spend a very long time offering it.

My second opinion of the GOP is that they are bald-faced obstructionists who have absolutely nothing to offer, but spend a very long time offering it.

My third opinion... well, you get the idea:

Senate Republicans are poised to try to reignite the health care debate by launching a coordinated political messaging offensive to target Democrats and the White House for what they contend are the new law’s onerous consequences.

A group of Republican Senators who played key roles in the yearlong fight over health care legislation met Thursday in Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (Ky.) office to discuss the strategy. Under the slogan “second opinion,” Republicans plan to communicate their message on multiple fronts, including on the Senate floor, in press conferences, via the Internet and through television and radio appearances.

Yeah good luck with that, because, you know, voters haven't heard enough anti-health care reform rants, raves, and talking points. Especially when they're more concerned with a struggling economy, unemployment, remarkably stupid car bombers, Big Oil's Katrina, survival of the planet they inhabit, a couple of wars, racial profiling, stuff like that.

By the way, Party of No, try convincing a family who is now able to get their children to the family doctor to keep them, you know, healthy.

Try finding those ultra super duper secret hidden death panels. That should keep you busy for eons.

And how about those pre-existing conditions?  Voters are sure to yearn for the good old days when they were rejected for those.

Want to get dropped by your insurer again, because you can't be any more. Now there's a surefire talking point, right GOP?

Democrats rebuked the strategy as typical of what the Republicans offered throughout the contentious health care debate. “I guess it takes Republicans a ‘second opinion’ to ignore all the benefits of the new law,” a Democratic Senate aide said. “Their second opinion pretty much sounds like their first opinion — just the same old rehashed obstructionism at its worst.”

The Party of No needs some good mood elevators. I bet those are covered now, too.