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The Idiocy of Frank Luntz: Unless We ARE All Tea Partiers

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Party pollsters often reveal more than the vapid verbiage of their bosses. If Frank Luntz, the top GOP focus group master and phrase-mangler (called word doctoring), speaks for Republicans, then sane progressives are both better and worse off. Is word doctoring, I wonder, ever restrained by "death panels"?

Better off, because reality eventually will out, though replete with high suffering. If this guy is the GOP's brain, it's mired in old-style, discredited language and mindsets. Winston Churchill: "If you don't look facts in the face, they have a way of stabbing you in the back." Or biting you in the ass, in modern jargon. If Democrats could only publicize Luntz' absurd illogic here so that voters (and the president) get it the party of donkeys wouldn't look like such asses. Hell, they could dominate for a generation.

The bad news? Luntz' "research" is absorbed like alcohol by GOP power brokers, shakers and movers. If his nonsense propaganda reigns, the empire we call America won't be around long enough to care who rules remnant smoking ruins. Were Luntz' agenda obeyed, America will make history again, though not exactly with fanfare. No, we'd win the prize for the fastest ascent to world colossus, matched by the fastest plunge to third world non-entity. Say goodbye, kiddies, to our 1000+ military outposts worldwide and trillion dollar defense spending no one would loan bad pennies such treasure. See, I found good news amidst ruins.

Let us review the world according to Luntz and either laugh or cry. My commentary in italics. His bizarre claims were actually, indeed incredibly, printed in the Washington Post, which obviously doesn't scrutinize the logic of what it publishes.

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"Republicans won the midterm elections. Now can they survive?"

By Frank I. Luntz"Ę

RB: Actually, you guys mainly won the House, not the Senate, so overstatement right off. "Survival" is a straw man, considering the GOP survived Bush-Cheney.

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The United States has just witnessed its third straight rubber band election. Once again, Americans had their patience stretched, fired a Washington run amok and now want their new leaders to snap back to attention.

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