Frank Luntz, the Republican pollster and framing guru responsible for such Orwellian phrases as "death tax" and "Contract with America," admits to being spooked by the success of the Occupy movement:
“I’m so scared of this anti-Wall Street effort. I’m frightened to death,” Luntz said. “They’re having an impact on what the American people think of capitalism.”
In fact, he's so scared about what the Occupiers have done to the "capitalism" brand, that he's advising his fellow Republicans to stay the hell away from the word:
“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.”
You don't have to like Luntz or his political agenda to recognize his genius; he's been helping Republicans kick Democratic ass at the framing game for the better part of two decades. So I can't help but take comfort in Luntz's professed Occupyphobia.
So... um... you still think the Occupy movement isn't achieving anything, simply because it doesn't look anything like the kind of traditional political movements we've grown accustomed to?