GOP strategist warns governors ‘capitalism’ is now a dirty word

Yahoo News reports: The Republican Governors Association met this week in Florida to give GOP state executives a chance to rejuvenate, strategize and team-build. But during a plenary session on Wednesday, one question kept coming up: How can Republicans do a better job of talking about Occupy Wall Street?

“I’m so scared of this anti-Wall Street effort. I’m frightened to death,” said Frank Luntz, a Republican strategist and one of the nation’s foremost experts on crafting the perfect political message. “They’re having an impact on what the American people think of capitalism.”

Luntz offered tips on how Republicans could discuss the grievances of the Occupiers, and help the governors better handle all these new questions from constituents about “income inequality” and “paying your fair share.”

Yahoo News sat in on the session, and counted 10 do’s and don’ts from Luntz covering how Republicans should fight back by changing the way they discuss the movement.

1. Don’t say ‘capitalism.’

“I’m trying to get that word removed and we’re replacing it with either ‘economic freedom’ or ‘free market,’ ” Luntz said. “The public . . . still prefers capitalism to socialism, but they think capitalism is immoral. And if we’re seen as defenders of quote, Wall Street, end quote, we’ve got a problem.”

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1 thought on “GOP strategist warns governors ‘capitalism’ is now a dirty word

  1. Norman

    Perhaps if Frank Luntz wasn’t so full of himself, as a replacement to Karl, or his predecessor of Repuglicon dirty tricks, then he would offer directions back to where the conservatives used to be. They have lost their way, pandering to the elites, instead of charting their own direction. He, like Karl, have left the majority of Americans to rot, just as the U.S.A. has been doing since Sir Ronnie. The one thing that isn’t said out loud, is that the country was operating pretty good, before it was allowed to be looted. The rule of law has been shifted back to what it was around the 1920’s, graft, bribes, corruption, etc., compliments to that meddling bunch on the Supreme Court, you know, the ones who legislate from the bench, the very same types that the present day “R”‘s & the “Tea Party” complained about. Perhaps a good terminology describing the Republocon party today, would be the party of corruption. What a hat to wear!

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