The priorities of Republican Party leadership are different than their voters. We know what Republicans want, because they finally got it in 2016, but that is rare. The reason why we no longer recognize the party that we vote for is because of GOP influencers like Frank Luntz.
Tucker Carlson explained Friday that Luntz has told elected Republicans what to say and how for decades. He is asked to consult the GOP on policies and hot topics. Just last week at the National Republican Congressional Committee, “Luntz’s job was to tell Republicans how to think about the most important issues of the day,” Carlson said. “We didn’t hear the presentation, but there’s no doubt it was compelling.”
And what’s the problem with an unelected advisor like Luntz?
“The problem is that Frank Luntz’s views are very different from those of your average Republican voter,” Carlson said. “Frank Luntz is a conventional liberal. His main clients are left-wing corporations like Google. When Frank Luntz gives advice to congressional Republicans, he’s got Google’s perspective in mind. That’s a huge problem.”
Luntz did not respond to Fox News’ request to talk, which seemed strange to Carlson given their long history. Luntz is also “personal friends” with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy since McCarthy’s first days in politics.
“That relationship gives Frank Luntz outsized influence over the Republican Party’s policy positions,” Carlson said. “Take the border crisis. Luntz’s view of immigration is very much like Google’s view of immigration: America needs a lot more of it right away. Anyone who disagrees with that is a racist. Now, rather than simply say that out loud — rather than just make his case, in other words — Frank Luntz slyly dresses up his own personal opinions as a social science.”
Luntz’s bizarre influence does not stop there.
“He’ll conduct something called a ‘focus group,’ a moderated conversation between several people that has no actual relevance to anything,” Carlson said. “It’s just random people yammering. Your ninety-second exchange with the UPS guy this morning meant more than a Frank Luntz focus group. Yet purely on the basis of that irrelevant conversation, Luntz manages to make pronouncements about the country and how the Republican Party should respond to it. Most of those pronouncements, as you can imagine, tend to comport perfectly with his own views, as well as the views of Google executives.”
The evidence of Luntz’s backroom deals is obvious once you see them. Take Republicans’ stance on immigration. It is no secret that most Republicans want secure borders, but Luntz has a different agenda.
“We’re all the children of immigrants,” Luntz said, “We need these people.”
“[Luntz wants to] pretend it’s established fact and that the Republican Party had better listen and obey,” Carlson said. “Open-borders activists immediately used Luntz’s ‘research’ to justify what they were already doing. The National Immigration Forum tweeted out a link immediately. ‘DACA has bipartisan support,’ the group wrote, pointing to Frank Luntz’s opinions posing as research as evidence of that. ‘Passing the DREAM Act is an opportunity to make real, meaningful progress.'”
“This is pretty close to fraud,” Carlson said. “Who’s served by it? That’s always the question in Washington. Well, Luntz’s corporate clients are served by it, of course, but the Democratic Party is also served by it, a party whose priorities Frank Luntz appears to support.”
“And you wonder why you no longer recognize the party that you vote for?” Carlson said.