This didn't make a great deal of news, but it was a critical occurrence nonetheless.
Over the weekend, conservative pollster and Republican consultant Frank Luntz appeared on the MediaBuzz "Fox News" program with host Howard Kurtz. Just to refresh your memory, Luntz is a messaging guru for the GOP, the fellow who came up with naming George W. Bush proposal to remove environmental protections as "the Clean Air Act." He was one of the forces behind Newt Gingrich's Contract with America. And in 2010, PolitFact gave Luntz its "Lie of the Year" award for his pushing Republicans to call the Obama Administration's healthcare reform as a "government takeover."
Okay, so, yes, that Frank Luntz.
Luntz was unexpectedly downbeat when discussion the state of his party. “It’s hard to be a partisan warrior when you see the damage that’s done,” Luntz commented.
In fact, he was so discouraged that host Kurtz asked him, “Do you still consider yourself a Republican?”
“I don’t know,” Luntz answered. He then quickly recovered by trying the ol' "Both Parties" (tm) gambit, but the best he could do was criticize Republicans and Democrats about inner-city policies.
So, that leaves us with "I don't know" as Frank Luntz's response to being asked "Do you still consider yourself a Republican?"
When the Republican Party has lost Frank Luntz as a guaranteed "Yes," and can no longer count on their longtime message expert to provide their message, then the party has officially crossed the line into the abyss and are rolling downhill out of control towards the vortex of the netherworld.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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