Skip to comments.Frank Luntz is Depressed
Posted on 01/06/2014 3:56:37 PM PST by Kaslin
RUSH: You know Frank Luntz, the pollster, Frank Luntz? There's a story here at Mediaite. I just got this. We'll get to the Obama soap opera just a second, 'cause it's classic. It's already begun. I'll set the plot line for you here in just a mere moment. Apparently, it's a profile of Frank Luntz who, as you know, does political focus groups on Fox. He assembles a bunch of people that are said to be a cross-section of America, and he gives 'em little electronic devices, and they register their opinion and other reactions as they're listening to things.
Then after what it is they're watching is over, Luntz goes in there and interviews them and has a group discussion with the focus group. Now, the profile of Luntz in The Atlantic says that Luntz sunk into a depression following the 2012 election after Obama won. "Luntz described himself as 'less healthy now than [he has] ever been in [his] life,' sleeping two or three hours at a time and fretting over the future of his career in political consulting. The Atlantic's Molly Ball wrote: 'The crisis began, he says, after last year's presidential election, when Luntz became profoundly depressed.
"For more than a month, he tried to stay occupied, but nothing could keep his attention. Finally, six weeks after the election, during a meeting of his consulting company in Las Vegas, he fell apart. Leaving his employees behind, he flew back to his mansion in Los Angeles, where he stayed for three weeks, barely going outside or talking to anyone.'" Well, if that's the definition of depressed count me in, 'cause that's me. Sequestered and not talking? That, to me, is freedom.
But for Luntz, it was the definition of depression. He said, "'I just gave up,' the pollster said. After the election, he seemingly realized Americans want to 'impose their opinions rather than express them,'" that's a quote, "and that a divided country will find it harder to warmly receive his conservative sales pitches. 'I'm not good enough,' he said. 'And I hate that. I have come to the extent of my capabilities. And this is not false modesty. I think I'm pretty good. But not good enough.
"'The old Frank Luntz was sure he could invent slogans to sell the righteous conservative path of personal responsibility and free markets to anyone ... The new Frank Luntz fears that is no longer the case, and it's driving him crazy.' According to the profile, Luntz is considering breaking into Hollywood as a consultant, as he no longer works any existing political contracts and has apparently submitted many pitches to studios."
So he can't do it, can't persuade. I didn't know that's what he was doing. Snerdley, did you know that's what he was doing? Folks, honestly now. I'm, again, not trying to be provocative. I had no idea Luntz was trying to persuade people. I thought what Luntz was doing was focus groups and learning what people thought about things and going on TV with it. I didn't know that Luntz was trying to win anything. I didn't know Luntz was trying to come up with slogans to help beat Obama.
I had no idea that's what Luntz was trying to do. His focus groups were an attempt to persuade people of conservatism? Get this from the piece. "Luntz mostly all says he wishes we would stop yelling at one another. He dreams of drafting some of the rich CEOs that he's friends with to come up with a plan for saving America from its elected officials." Well, the No Labels bunch? I'm just telling you, I'm honestly surprised here. I did not... Look, if Luntz was trying to affect the outcome of elections, he coulda done those focus groups in an entirely different way.
Anyway, so Luntz is now gonna try to work for Hollywood, these rich CEOs, and get them to run and so forth. Depressed for three weeks? (interruption) What? I don't know. I don't know if he was Perot's pollster or not. I don't know. I don't know. But he's lived in Hollywood for a long time. This is not new. But, I mean, he's been trying to get in his consulting firm with people in Hollywood. That isn't really new. I guess it is to The Atlantic. I'm literally surprised to learn that Luntz was trying to persuade people. That doesn't make sense with what I saw.
Hard to blame him when you look back on and remember, remember the 6th of November.
I can get depressed over what Obama is doing to the country, but not so much the electoral politics that got him elected. The most charismatic candidate has always won the presidential election in my lifetime. The Republicans made the mistake of nominating the wrong candidate. Nothing any political consultant or slogan writer could say or do could make Romney into something he is not. You can’t put ketchup on a turd and make a meal out of it.
I never cared much for Luntz or his worthless focus group segments.
He reminds me of the Pillsbury Doughboy.
“’The old Frank Luntz was sure he could invent slogans to sell the righteous conservative path of personal responsibility and free markets to anyone ... The new Frank Luntz fears that is no longer the case, and it’s driving him crazy.’
“Against folly, the Gods themselves contend in vain.”-—Wm. Shakespeare
Wait... Luntz says he is a conservative ... and he wants to work in... Hollyweird??
That makes no sense.
I thought his focus groups were great. That being said Luntz’s problem is that he always drew the wrong conclusion from them. IMHO
He was, what about me?!?
THAT day, Nov 6th, was my BIRTHDAY!!!!!
So it’s your fault. I finally know who to blame.
Geez, Buck up Frank.
I dont blame Luntz at all. I realized that we live in Idiocracy, where people just want their pot, Obamaphones, and condoms.
Going to the dark side...maybe his wig’s too tight or the fumes from the glue have gotten to him.
The other problem is that a political slogan isn’t going to do much to counteract decades of brainwashing by Hollywood productions and schools.
Perhaps him going to Hollywood could be a good move if he plans to get more movies made that give conservatism a voice.
Luntz, for conservatives is a cognitive linguist like Lakoff for the left. It’s hard to admit you’re losing the battle.
REad this book review carefully and note the never changing pattern.
The Disuniting of America, by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
06.01.92 - 12:00 AM | Heather MacDonald
To warn against the dissolution of our common national ideals and our common culture holds little threat for people who claim, however speciously, that they never shared those ideals and were never part of that culture.
One of the most pernicious effects of multiculturalism has been to destroy the linguistic ground necessary to debate it. For such a debate would have to invoke terms like we and commonality. Yet multiculturalists, aided by the sophisticated deconstructive efforts of literary theorists like Stanley Fish and Barbara Herrnstein Smith, reject any such appeal to an American we as an act of imperialist violence. The only language that remains is that of an increasingly narrow us versus an increasingly alien them. This is the language of civil war.
Not at all.
He should have been depressed right after the Republican primaries. Because with both parties fielding presidential contenders backing the affordable care act the state of affairs we now have was already locked in.
It’s depressing to know your lifes work is meaningless.. worthless..
Unless you don’t really care anyway...
My thoughts exactly - after the primaries, it was just a no-win scenario.