Republican consultant Frank Luntz, a master of words, made clear in a 2002 GOP strategy memo how conservatives would address the growing threat of climate change: They would simply deny it was happening.
Negotiating does not mean caving into the Republicans' demand that you meet more than halfway. This election gave the Democrats a mandate to demand that the Republicans meet you more than halfway. We elected you to fight for us and expect nothing less.
The conservative media dug up a 1996 video purported to show that Obama was a socialist. Nothing. They tried to resurrect the controversy over the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Nada. "We built that!" -- a waste of the convention banner budget.
Ryan and Mitt Romney claim to be America's comeback team, but that claim is extremely specious if Ryan helped to orchestrate something which put America in a position to need a comeback in the first place.
Progressives had some fun last week with Frank Luntz, who told the Republican Governors' Association that he was scared to death of the Occupy movement and recommended language to combat what the movement had achieved. Be wary though. It's a trap.
The Republicans on stage at the "Thanksgiving Family Forum" were extremely eager to point fingers at the sinners lurking all around them. Perhaps the real sin could be found right at that phony dinner table--it's called pandering.
As soon as I heard the term "job creators," I said to myself, "that sounds like Frank Luntz talking." And sure enough, it's right in there in Frank Luntz's latest book, Win: The Key Principles to Take Your Business from Ordinary to Extraordinary.
Calling Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid the "Middle Class Safety Net" makes it much easier to defend them politically. It's easy for politicians to call for "Entitlement reform" or "Entitlement cuts". It's not so easy to call for shredding the Middle Class Safety Net.
FOX News mediated a forum that offered GOP members a chance to show the world that they are open-minded, informed voters who use logic and analysis to make their political decisions. Of course, they failed miserably.