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  luntz it up

How Will ‘Orwellian’ Hero Pollster Frank Luntz ‘Luntz-Up’ Sportsball?

GOP pollster Frank Luntz is the kind of hired gun political hack who can, with a straight face, say stuff like: “To be ‘Orwellian’ is to speak with absolute clarity, to be succinct, to explain what the event is, to talk about what triggers something happening… and to do so without any pejorative whatsoever.” Read more on How Will ‘Orwellian’ Hero Pollster Frank Luntz ‘Luntz-Up’ Sportsball?…
  it's a cruel cruel summer

Frank Luntz Is Really Sad About Partisan Corrupt Traitor Obama Dividing America

What a sad time it is to be wingnut muppet Frank Luntz. It seems that all these years of soaking in the corrosive environment of national politics have left the communications genius adrift in an existential midlife crisis. While most of us would deal with such a crisis by crying to our therapists or getting a tattoo, Frank’s solution is to spill his guts to Molly Ball over at The Atlantic. Gotta admit, it’s brave of Frank to put the pathetic details of his life online where people can feel sorry for him wonder if he knows that “karma” is not an Indian restaurant in Dupont Circle. Read more on Frank Luntz Is Really Sad About Partisan Corrupt Traitor Obama Dividing America…
  What If I Talk Like This?

Study: Republicans Oppose ‘Assisted Suicide,’ Cool With ‘Painless End Of Life’

Look, Democrats have a lot going for them right now. There’s our “flashy” President B. Barry Bamz and his healthcare law that can’t possibly be as bad as Republicans have spent the last half a decade derping that it will be, so expectations managed there; the country’s suddenly a lot cooler with gay folks, pot smoking, all that good shit; the proponents of austerity have self-discredited; and looking into the future, there appears to be only one “titanic” Republican who could conceivably win the presidency in 2016, except his record of being relatively sane means he probably can’t win the primary. So there is really no reason for all us liberals to be assholes about a recent Gallup poll that found Republicans are significantly more likely than Democrats to give different answers to the same question depending on how the question is worded. Read more on Study: Republicans Oppose ‘Assisted Suicide,’ Cool With ‘Painless End Of Life’…
  shoot the messenger

Frank Luntz Caught Telling Truth, Has Totally Mature Reaction

Frank Luntz, a man so morally upright he once took money in exchange for helping Pat Buchanan attempt to get elected president, has made his bones by studying the ways language can be used to generate emotional responses with voters, and then providing politicians with specific words and communication strategies “that will help his clients sell their product or turn public opinion on an issue or a candidate.” So with that in mind, let us write a lede that will convey an accurate emotional reflection of our feelings about Luntz and this recent news item about him. Howzabout … “Mealy-mouthed sack of shit Frank Luntz is having himself a snit, a fit, a conniption, a whiny-ass titty-baby tantrum because someone leaked a tape of him saying bad things about other Republicans.” Yep, we think that about covers it! Read more on Frank Luntz Caught Telling Truth, Has Totally Mature Reaction…
  words with friends

We Might Agree With Frank Luntz About Something, Possibly, But Probably Not

And they say Christmas comes but once a year. Is this is a stopped-clock-is-right-twice-a-day thing though? Possibly! Also it is a no-brainer, but still, we agree with Frank Luntz about something so we will note it because this is significant due to the fact of it never happening, really. The video starts with the CBS anchor lady asking him what he thinks about the NRA’s batshit crazy suggestion that we have a person with a gun in every school, protecting the kids. Frank notes that well, “this is not the language” that the NRA used, and if it were the language that the NRA used, he’d be “even more opposed to it.” (Why is that, we wonder? Is it not the idea itself that matters? Or just the language used to express said idea?) But anyway, he is opposed to it, and also too, the NRA is “not listening” to the American public who wants LESS guns in school, and who also agrees with the Second Amendment but doesn’t agree with the idea that every gun should be available at every place, at every time, to every person. Read more on We Might Agree With Frank Luntz About Something, Possibly, But Probably Not…
  it takes a panel of dozens to act like hacks

Fox News Convenes Post-Debate Panel Of Snippy Idiots; Foofaraw Ensues

Fox News once again hired ruddy shitmonster Frank Luntz to convene a panel of undecided voters who watch Fox News (read: Romney voters who want to be on Fox News). There is video (as the kids are saying, “after the fold”). Fox Nation describes this as “Luntz Focus Group Erupts Into Near Brawl,” but it comes off more as “Luntz Focus Group Erupts Into Backbiting Fuck-Tussle.” Read more on Fox News Convenes Post-Debate Panel Of Snippy Idiots; Foofaraw Ensues…
  crazy old men

GOP Acts Like Total Dems, Whine to New York Times Typist

Hey, here’s a strategy that’s high on wow-factor but lacking in any sort of long-term sustainability: wrapping oneself in the flag to give authenticity to the demonization of gays, the war on caterpillars women, the alienation of Latino/as, the disenfranchisement of African Americans, and the refusal to raise taxes on anyone, ever, in spite of the high costs of maintaining an enormous military-industrial complex that is perpetually in a state of war. As it turns out, this sort of strategy creates factions, factions that are very passionate! Especially when you pretend to be for all manner of “freedom,” unless such freedom involves doing certain kinds of drugs or having abortions or buttseks. In a delightful article called “Republicans Worry About Keeping Factions Reined In,” a New York Times typist helps us learn about all these factions, by interviewing important Republicans and writing down what they say. Read more on GOP Acts Like Total Dems, Whine to New York Times Typist…
  sounds legit

Listen Up As Karl Rove Explains Why Seniors Will Flock To GOP To Kill Medicare For Them

Who among you supposed — nay, dreamed — way back in 2008 that Karl Rove, having completed his task of gifting George W. Bush to America, would take his balls and go home and stop messing around with democracy? Well, we hate to be the bearers of bad news, but not only does he have a $200,000,000 SuperPac to screw around with, he’s also been going on the Sunday morning yap shows to talk about Bush’s “accomplishments” and writing op-eds for the Wall Street Journal that misquote Bill Clinton. Now he’s back with ANOTHER op-ed, also in the Wall Street Journal, this one focusing on the fact that the GOP has a “Medicare advantage” over the Democrats. And surprise surprise, this one is as poorly sourced and given to hyperbole and obfuscation as the last one. But it’s Karl Rove, leader of the GOP Hive Mind, so we figure we should pay attention! Read more on Listen Up As Karl Rove Explains Why Seniors Will Flock To GOP To Kill Medicare For Them…
  journamalism

Fox Calls Neo-Nazis Patrolling Sanford ‘Civil Rights Group,’ To Be Fired By National Review (VIDEO!)

Say what you want about National Socialism, at least it’s a fucking ethos. It’s also — have you heard the newest Frank Luntzian reframing? — a civil rights group. Fox affiliate WOFL in Florida had a piece on the National Socialist Party coming to Sanford to patrol the town and make sure no white folks got Reginald Dennyed, and they accidentally (?) called the Nazis a “civil rights group.” They accidentally called them a “civil rights group” in the headline (which has since been changed) and about 27 times throughout the package, and nowhere in the two-minute piece did they mention that the National Socialist Party is more commonly known as “neo-Nazis.” Nor did they find anyone in the entire state of Florida who might take issue with neo-Nazis just cold comin’ down and hangin’ out and bein’ neo-Nazis. In Florida! That is one way to listen to your base made up exclusively of the kinds of people who are defending John Derbyshire in rightwing website comments sections! And that is one way to maybe not be very good journalists? We feel like maybe there is some journalistic standard and/or practice that requires not just blindly accepting whatever people say about themselves and presenting it without question. We are not sure, maybe someone could ask Jay Rosen. Read more on Fox Calls Neo-Nazis Patrolling Sanford ‘Civil Rights Group,’ To Be Fired By National Review (VIDEO!)…
  extra cheese

Republican Voters Apparently Really, Really Like Herman Cain

Before we turned off the teevee after that terrible debate last night, the Republican Party’s appointed Divider, Frank Luntz, was doing what he always does, standing in front of the whitest people he could find in a few hours, asking them questions to find out how best to make people like this think their political opponents aren’t human beings, much less American. But before he could get into that, he had to allow this restless group of people to express their sudden yet profound commitment to do whatever Herman Cain, the next president of the United States, says. He didn’t just win the debate. He mopped the floor with them all. And it makes absolutely no sense. Read more on Republican Voters Apparently Really, Really Like Herman Cain…
  religion detectives

Iowa Caucus Voters Know What’s Going On With Egypt: Obama’s Muslim

There are some things Frank Luntz and Fox News would rather not say explicitly out loud if they don’t have to. Luckily, they have Republican voters to back them up and make the insane connections they merely insinuate. Who here thinks Obama is a Muslim and that is why he is letting Egypt become a democracy or whatever? Very good, very good. You all get ice cream. Read more on Iowa Caucus Voters Know What’s Going On With Egypt: Obama’s Muslim…
  america's greatest newspaper

Washington Post Is Now Chuck Lane’s Show

Has the hilariously factless trope-goblin Chuck Lane, Washington Post editorial board member and off-and-on columnist, not yet been cemented as a Wonkette Character yet? Guy’s been on a tear! Here’s the deal: Chuck Lane is a Very Serious Centrist who sneers at the far-left legislative agenda of Barack Obama and is very concerned about the deficits and lack of tax cuts. Which is a shame, because he seemed such a moral, upstanding Journalist in the Very Serious movie about The New Republic. Turns out Peter Saarsgard is just a great actor of fictional roles of real people in movies, people who now write unintended comedy for the Washington Post. Small world! But on with the business of mocking something he wrote. Read more on Washington Post Is Now Chuck Lane’s Show…
  metro section

DC Buys Everyone A Bicycle, To Make Up For Taking Away Their Jobs

DC’s socialist bicycle share klub thing is expanding! From 10 racks of bicycles that seem both appealing and logistically problematic to 50 racks of bicycles that seem both appealing and logistically problematic. [WTOP] Read more on DC Buys Everyone A Bicycle, To Make Up For Taking Away Their Jobs… Read more on DC Buys Everyone A Bicycle, To Make Up For Taking Away Their Jobs…
 

Wonk’d: Crispy Twister Sandwich is Its Own Happy Ending

Those interested in the commuting, eating, and theater habits of John Bolton , Evan Bayh, Grover Norquist, and Sam Donaldson will find this week’s Wonk’d to their taste. Those more interested in the handjob “Tucker Carlson” got in a KFC bathroom from one of DC’s famous tranny hookers will also be well served by reading on. Read more on Wonk’d: Crispy Twister Sandwich is Its Own Happy Ending…
 

Gossip Roundup: If Ford Did It…

* Heard on the Hill: Joe Biden has a history of saying crazy, stupid stuff… Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) thrilled to be mentioned by the blog of Bon Appetit magazine… Harry Reid forgot when Valentine’s Day is! [Roll Call] * Reliable Source: Geraldine Ferraro’s back! With some lobbying firm. [WP] * Yeas and Nays: Would you like to read the insane ramblings of consistently-wrong pundit Dick “Hillary Is a Lesbian Vampire” Morris? Here they are, enjoy… Creative Coalition party sounds like a good time. Frank Luntz called himself “the ugliest person in this room.” … Jim Talent’s back! Eatin’ some pizza, talkin’ about god. [Examiner] * Under the Dome: Chuck Schumer has imaginary friends. They’re called the Baileys. Last year, they were called the O’Reillys. That’s “too ethnic,” apparently… Gerald Ford had way more nasty things to say about everyone that he didn’t want anyone to hear until he was dead. [The Hill] * Shenanigans: The DCCC is $9 million in debt. Nancy Pelosi spent $30k on her Holiday Party! [Politico] * Page Six: Bill Clinton doesn’t want to be president of your stupid university. [NYP] * The Sleuth: More Ford stuff: NYDN reporter got Ford drunk. It has some terrible secret from 1974. [WP] Read more on Gossip Roundup: If Ford Did It……
 

Gossip Roundup: Wu’s Next

* Heard on the Hill: John Cornyn, John McCain record promos for weekly televised fascism-porn program 24… First 100 Hours of Democratic Regime started yesterday at 1-ish… Rep. David Wu stopped by security at Longworth. [Roll Call] * Reliable Source: It’s remarkably hard to sue Ana Marie Cox. [WP] * Yeas and Nays: Terry McAuliffe, Frank Luntz release books… Stupid congressional college football wacky betting shit… New member pins for 110th Congress are RED. [Examiner] * Rush & Molloy: Some Repubs doubt Rudy Giuliani will actually run for president, because he might not want to stop making lots of money. [NYDN] Read more on Gossip Roundup: Wu’s Next…
 

GOP Strategists Gone Wild: Frank Luntz

Do you want to hear a story about Frank Luntz making a drunken fool of himself? Sure, we all do! Let’s go back to the hazy, crazy early 1990’s: Luntz was also an extremely accessible professor often making himself available to students while they were out partying. One night Luntz even came over to the house I shared with eleven others to play beer pong. He quickly got drunk and very loud. So loud that a studying housemate took away our sole ping pong ball to put a stop to the game. But Luntz would not hear of it and he instantaneously submitted to my housemates demand (for the ball) that he get down on his knees, kiss my housemates feet and beg for forgiveness. He got the ball back and the game continued. Read more on GOP Strategists Gone Wild: Frank Luntz…
 

Gossip Roundup: Little Love for ‘Big Love’

Under the Dome: SNL’s Rachel Dratch is invited to fill in for Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio) at a primary debate. . . Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) says HBO’s “Big Love” is “just plain trash”. . . Frank Luntz: “Every time I see the Republicans on TV immediately I get a migraine headache. I’m allergic to Republican language.”. . . Peter Gabriel visits Capitol Hill today to advocate against human-rights abuses in Burma. [The Hill] Lloyd Grove’s Lowdown: Andrew Card, Alberto Gonzales, Robert Mueller and Joe Albaugh have a less-than inconspicuous dinner out. [NYDN] Read more on Gossip Roundup: Little Love for ‘Big Love’…
 

Gossip Roundup: Rice’s Banned Reading

* Names & Faces: Bono says he feels “exploited” by the use of his photo in campaign literature for Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi. [WP] * Washington Whispers: Playboy and Penthouse are banned from State Department newsstands at the request of Condoleezza Rice. . . Josh Bolten recently cut work to watch a few Washington Nationals games. . . Fidel Castro could die within the next few years, American officials contend. . . Frank Luntz has a favorable view of Mark Warner. . . Rep. Nancy Pelosi misses the chocolate she gave up for lent. [USN&WR] * Page Six: Site indicates Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) may have kept a “love nest” with his former chief of staff. . . Jenna once woke Bush up and made him call her then-boyfriend Blake Gottesman after they fought. [NYP] * Lloyd Groves’s Lowdown: Gore blames Bush for failures surrounding Katrina and 9/11 in the “green issue” of Vanity Fair. [NYDN] * The Scoop: Susan Sarandon wants national elections to be monitored by a third party: “The last one was an embarrassment. Everybody knew there was fraud, but nothing was done about it.” [MSNBC] Read more on Gossip Roundup: Rice’s Banned Reading…
 

Gossip Roundup: Frank Luntz, Mr. Popular

* Reliable Source: Washington welcomes back former German ambassador and his family who were kidnapped in Yemen. [WP] * Inside the Beltway: Frank Luntz was the most cited pollster in ’05. . . Domestic coffee interests urge White House to switch to U.S.-made grinds. [WT] Read more on Gossip Roundup: Frank Luntz, Mr. Popular…
 

Gossip Roundup: Our ‘Seedy Underbelly’

• Reliable Source Top guns Karl Rove, John Negroponte, Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Michael Chertoff, Carlos Gutierrez, John Warner, Paul Wolfowitz and Richard Myers celebrate the Marines’ 230th birthday. . . Bodyguard reportedly followed Dr. Phil to the bathroon of the Capital Grille. [WP] • Under the Dome: The WB is developing a D.C.-based soap opera that will show “the town Read more on Gossip Roundup: Our ‘Seedy Underbelly’…
 

Gossip Roundup: Frank Luntz Booked

• Inside the Beltway: Pollster Frank Luntz sold his company, attended the Emmys, advised Schwarzenegger, had his Corvette was stolen, and is slowly writing a book. [WT] • Lloyd Grove’s Lowdown: Media celebrities and family members honor Peter Jennings at New York memorial service. [NYDN] Read more on Gossip Roundup: Frank Luntz Booked…