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Frank Luntz is Depressed
Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | January 6, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh

Posted on 01/06/2014 3:56:37 PM PST by Kaslin

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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.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: frankluntz; rushlive; rushtranscript

1 posted on 01/06/2014 3:56:37 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Just weird.


2 posted on 01/06/2014 3:59:12 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: Kaslin

Hard to blame him when you look back on and remember, remember the 6th of November.


3 posted on 01/06/2014 3:59:20 PM PST by JediJones (The #1 Must-see Filibuster of the Year: TEXAS TED AND THE CONSERVATIVE CRUZ-ADE)
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To: Kaslin

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.


4 posted on 01/06/2014 4:02:22 PM PST by JediJones (The #1 Must-see Filibuster of the Year: TEXAS TED AND THE CONSERVATIVE CRUZ-ADE)
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To: Kaslin

I never cared much for Luntz or his worthless focus group segments.


5 posted on 01/06/2014 4:03:32 PM PST by Bullish (America should yank Obama like a rotten tooth before he poisons the entire body)
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To: JediJones

bump


6 posted on 01/06/2014 4:03:35 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Bullish

He reminds me of the Pillsbury Doughboy.


7 posted on 01/06/2014 4:06:22 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: Kaslin

“’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


8 posted on 01/06/2014 4:07:15 PM PST by Hugin
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To: Kaslin

Wait... Luntz says he is a conservative ... and he wants to work in... Hollyweird??

That makes no sense.


9 posted on 01/06/2014 4:07:16 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Kaslin

I thought his focus groups were great. That being said Luntz’s problem is that he always drew the wrong conclusion from them. IMHO


10 posted on 01/06/2014 4:12:16 PM PST by diverteach (If I find liberals in heaven after my death.....I WILL BE PISSED!!!)
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To: JediJones

He was, what about me?!?

THAT day, Nov 6th, was my BIRTHDAY!!!!!


11 posted on 01/06/2014 4:14:40 PM PST by LiveFreeOrDie2001 (Elections have consequences - NOW LOOK what we have to deal with...)
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To: LiveFreeOrDie2001

So it’s your fault. I finally know who to blame.


12 posted on 01/06/2014 4:16:13 PM PST by beandog (All Aboard the Choo Choo Train to Crazy Town)
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To: Kaslin

Geez, Buck up Frank.


13 posted on 01/06/2014 4:16:32 PM PST by mom.mom
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To: JediJones

I dont blame Luntz at all. I realized that we live in Idiocracy, where people just want their pot, Obamaphones, and condoms.


14 posted on 01/06/2014 4:17:42 PM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: Kaslin

Going to the dark side...maybe his wig’s too tight or the fumes from the glue have gotten to him.


15 posted on 01/06/2014 4:24:25 PM PST by twister881
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To: diverteach

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.


16 posted on 01/06/2014 4:27:01 PM PST by JediJones (The #1 Must-see Filibuster of the Year: TEXAS TED AND THE CONSERVATIVE CRUZ-ADE)
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To: Kaslin

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.


17 posted on 01/06/2014 4:27:31 PM PST by griswold3 (Post-Christian America is living on borrowed moral heritage)
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To: JediJones

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.


18 posted on 01/06/2014 4:28:34 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Kaslin

It’s depressing to know your lifes work is meaningless.. worthless..
Unless you don’t really care anyway...


19 posted on 01/06/2014 4:36:11 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: MrEdd

My thoughts exactly - after the primaries, it was just a no-win scenario.


20 posted on 01/06/2014 4:38:37 PM PST by Maurice Tift (Never wear anything that panics the cat. -- P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: KC_Conspirator
bttt

Hey! Let's see what super slut, Kim Kardashian, is wearing today.

21 posted on 01/06/2014 5:11:13 PM PST by Stepan12
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To: Bullish

I don’t mind the graphs and focus group questions but the panels with 20 people trying to give their opinion were less than worthless.


22 posted on 01/06/2014 5:15:03 PM PST by ez (Muslims do not play well with others.)
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To: twister881

Lol...I was just about to remark about his (gosh awful) toupee. You beat me to it :)


23 posted on 01/06/2014 5:16:55 PM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: GeronL

You mean like Phil Roberson, Sarah Palin, Pat Sajak, Charleton Heston, Ronald Reagan, Bob Hope, Stacey Dash, Clint Eastwood...


24 posted on 01/06/2014 5:21:05 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (A courageous man finds a way, an ordinary man finds an excuse.)
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To: Kaslin

Depressed for 3 weeks? I was in shock for 2 weeks and then gave up on the salvation of our country by our “elected” leaders after that. And I’m just a regular schmoe.


25 posted on 01/06/2014 5:22:27 PM PST by Wingy
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To: JediJones

But if you recall, virtually EVERY pollster showed Romney winning. IMO, he did win the untarnished vote. However, the election was tarnished enough for Team Obama to prevail. These people know how to go into a few key precincts in key states and pull out a win.


26 posted on 01/06/2014 5:24:49 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: Kaslin
after last year's presidential election, when Luntz became profoundly depressed.

Luntz should take a number...

He wasn't the only one depressed after seeing another election stolen for the democrats by the media and corrupt democrat support groups.


27 posted on 01/06/2014 5:29:00 PM PST by Iron Munro (Orwell: There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them.)
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To: Kaslin

The entire campaign season was depressing. It had looked so very promising in 2010, with all the things like the tea-party emergence, the town-hall protests, the big crowds at Palin’s book tour, etc. But, after the 2010 mid-terms, the GOP-E muscled in, poured cold water on all that kinetic grassroots energy, and did everything it could to pave the way for the Massachusetts liberal, Mitt Romney.

Made the whole 2011-12 campaign season depressing as hell. I loathed every minute of it. The clincher being when the GOP convention outlawed the very words “tea party” from being uttered, and basically told Palin to get lost. Add Romney’s pathetic and cowardly response to a reporter upon being questioned about the Chick-Fil-A protest. Add the neverending presence of Karl Rove babbling on FoxNews.

All in all, it made me pretty much tune out politics for the first time in my adult life. And led me to leave my presidential ballot blank for the first time ever. And left me with an intense distrust for the one and only Party I ever voted for and supported for all my life. A Party that begins with the letter “R.”


28 posted on 01/06/2014 5:33:46 PM PST by greene66
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To: JediJones

That was no mistake, it was deliberate.


29 posted on 01/06/2014 5:34:44 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Kaslin

I was depressed too. But that was because the re-election of a Marxist Clown was so unexpected. It shocked everybody but he probably stole it. That shouldn’t have surprised anybody.


30 posted on 01/06/2014 5:37:50 PM PST by Gritty (Liberals think living your life free of welfare, EBT, and government nannies is "cheating"-J Hawkins)
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To: Kaslin

If the Hollywood thing doesn’t pan out then Luntz
should consider teaming up with Morris to start
an earthquake prediction business.


31 posted on 01/06/2014 6:02:57 PM PST by Sivad (NorCal red turf)
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To: Kaslin

“Now, the profile of Luntz in The Atlantic says that Luntz sunk into a depression following the 2012 election after Obama won.”

Welcime to the club Frank.


32 posted on 01/06/2014 6:27:38 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Bullish
I never cared much for Luntz or his worthless focus group segments.

As much as you never cared for Luntz, I have cared even less.

33 posted on 01/06/2014 6:30:21 PM PST by USS Alaska (If I could...I would.)
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To: Kaslin

His 15 minutes were over years ago.


34 posted on 01/06/2014 6:37:53 PM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: Hugin

Friedrich Schiller, actually.


35 posted on 01/06/2014 7:53:24 PM PST by pluvmantelo (Disqus seems to be taking longer than usual. Reload?)
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To: pluvmantelo

You’re right, I stand corrected. Always loved that quote.


36 posted on 01/07/2014 6:14:58 PM PST by Hugin
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To: Iron Munro

If romney’d won, socialism via health ‘reform’ would have been hung around OUR necks. No chance of that now.


37 posted on 01/07/2014 6:28:32 PM PST by txhurl
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To: Hugin

Me too.


38 posted on 01/07/2014 9:10:11 PM PST by pluvmantelo (Disqus seems to be taking longer than usual. Reload?)
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