May 19 2009
A week or so ago, as noted in this story and a few diaries, Frank Luntz, the other side’s wannabe equivalent to George Lakoff (apologies in advance to George, who is sincere in his efforts to make us effective speakers, unlike Dr. Luntz, who is a whore), published a talking points manifesto. It is intended for those who – lacking any actual plan or constructive suggestion regarding healthcare – ceaselessly bloviate on the topic nonetheless, and to suggest how they might successfully torpedo any honest efforts at fixing our healthcare mess. It is essentially a talking points manual for the talking heads of the Party of No on how to kill healthcare reform.
I would love to be searingly derisive of this effort, but there is much that can be learned from it which, no doubt contrary to Dr. Luntz’s intentions, can be used to sabotage the saboteurs. Let me clarify that my healthcare reform may not be your’s. I am a universal single-payer advocate. But it is likely that our mutual truths are informed by this examination and commentary.
Let the fun begin!
(cross posted on the DailyKos)