While the Occupy Wall Street movement can sometimes seem to be more about tents and police and pepper spray than the crushing economic injustice in this country, Republican political operatives are having no trouble at all figuring out exactly what #OWS wants. “I’m so scared of this anti-Wall Street effort. I’m frightened to death,” top GOP strategist Frank Luntz said at the Republican Governors Association meeting in Orlando this week. “They’re having an impact on what the American people think of capitalism.” Uh oh, looks like the dupes are starting to figure out capitalism isn’t fair. The GOP better have some pat answers ready when their former stooges in the destroyed middle class start asking fancy questions about income equality!
This remarkable post at Yahoo’s The Ticket blog comes from an actual 2012 strategy session with the nation’s top GOP strategists. These people, like Frank Luntz, craft the message and narratives that are then fed to the mainstream media and turned into the “story” of the campaign season. And it’s a very nervous time for the kind of people who skim off the process of corporations putting acceptable politicians in office.
How effective has the message of #Occupy Wall Street been, in these few short months that have already shaken the corrupt foundations of America? This is how effective: Republican strategists want their candidates to quit saying “Capitalism.”
1. Don’t say ‘capitalism.’
“I’m trying to get that word removed and we’re replacing it with either ‘economic freedom’ or ‘free market,’ ” Luntz said. “The public . . . still prefers capitalism to socialism, but they think capitalism is immoral. And if we’re seen as defenders of quote, Wall Street, end quote, we’ve got a problem.”
Ho ho, you sure do have a problem! And trying to think of a vague new term that also means “capitalism” is really the least of your problems, but good to know you’re at least thinking about the general subject!