Becker: How did I miss that epic story? Tea Party Reactionaries only DISH out excuses, falsely castigating that tyrannical socialist in the White House. For what blunder has any Republican since Eisenhower taken responsibility? The Palin Parade narrowly struts between imagined victimization and delusional martyrdom. No one ever presses for "accountability" on budget disasters, treasures squandered across multiple deserts, or the farce of cutting taxes for the rich while castigating deficits as utter moral decline.
"I get it." For Luntz, this communicates "complete understanding" plus "willingness to solve or situation."
Becker: Okay, Luntz, name one problem the GOP leadership understands, whether jobs and economic growth, the richest, imperial state trashing its own workers, outsourcing that's a meat cleaver to the middle class, or failed anti-terrorism, let alone high school science. Zero understanding guarantees no jobs program. Luntz, you and your ilk don't "get bupkis"-- except for power politics, which, alas, you do well.
"If you remember only one thing"-- Now, here's a black hole of Luntzism.
Becker: Actually, unthinking ideologues only stick to simple, maniacal howls. Good = low taxes, no regulations, and no interference; bad = high taxes, any regulation, planning, or liability. Everything else is background noise. You certainly do not "remember" history, even yesterday. Poor, oppressed governors with machine guns to their heads -- all because "we're broke." Reductionism ad absurdum.
"Uncompromising integrity." Now Luntz bellows people "need to feel that your integrity is absolute."
Becker: Beyond a joke, Frank, for what rightwing leader has "integrity" -- or knows what it means? Romney, Palin, Huckabee, I know, I know, Newt the newt, he's "uncompromised with integrity." Limbaugh, the FOX crowd, Cheney, W.? Right, "absolute" like Reagan was absolutely our best president ever, or that Reaganomics absolutely worked? Luntz' "integrity," like freedom in that song, is just another word for nothing left to loose.
"The simple truth." Especially useful for Luntz when packaging "the budget-deficit-debt debate." Beyond satire, as for Tom Lehrer when Kissinger won the Nobel Peace Prize.