Posted by: Rick | Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Panic In The Granite State

If you can’t beat ’em — disenfranchise ’em:

New Hampshire’s new Republican House speaker is pretty clear about what he thinks of college kids and how they vote.  They’re “foolish,” Speaker William O’Brien said in a recent speech to a tea party group.

“Voting as a liberal.  That’s what kids do,” he added, his comments taped by a state Democratic Party staffer and posted on YouTube.  Students lack “life experience,” and “they just vote their feelings.”

What a hypocritical tool.  Has Speaker O’Brien never heard of Frank Luntz?  Luntz is the mastermind behind the Republican Party’s messaging — which is based entirely on emotion.  Here are some famous Luntzian quotes:

A compelling story, even if factually inaccurate, can be more emotionally compelling than a dry recitation of the truth.

Eighty percent of our life is emotion, and only 20 percent is intellect. I am much more interested in how you feel than how you think.  I can change how you think, but how you feel is something deeper and stronger, and it’s something that’s inside you.

It is acceptable to bring someone to tears if it explains to them in an emotional way why a product, a service, or a candidate is the right person, is the right thing to do.

We decide based on how people look; we decide based on how people sound; we decide based on how people are dressed.  We decide based on their passion.

I think you get the idea.  And remember: Frank Luntz is the ventriloquist.  William O’Brien is . . .

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