Top GOP Strategist Admits Occupy Wall Street Is Working

Lots of people have questioned both the motives and tactics of the worldwide Occupy Wall Street movement. Some feel a sense of relief that the 99% is finally finding its voice, while others say that without leadership and a list of demands, the goals of OWS will never become reality.

But despite its decentralized approached, there’s proof that the leaderless Occupy Wall Street movement is already having an effect on the 1% and their political allies.

A few weeks ago, a top lobbying firm for America’s major banks offered to undermine OWS through “opposition research” and personal attacks for a cool $850,000 (the American Bankers Association publicly rejected the offer…for now). And just last week, top GOP pollster and communicator Frank Luntz admitted that he’s “scared of this anti-Wall Street effort” because it’s “having an impact on what the American people think of capitalism.”

Lutz made these remarks at a coaching session for the Republican Governor’s Association held in Florida. Yahoo! News’ Chris Moody was there, and captured some of Luntz’s comments on Occupy Wall Street. Here’s the advice he gave the GOP:

Empathize With The 99 Percent Protesters: Luntz instructed attendees to tell protesters that they “get it”: “First off, here are three words for you all: ‘I get it.’ … ‘I get that you’re. I get that you’ve seen inequality. I get that you want to fix the system.”

Don’t Mention The Middle Class Because Americans Don’t Trust Republicans To Defend It: “They cannot win if the fight is on hardworking taxpayers,” Luntz instructed the audience. “We can say we defend the ‘middle class’ and the public will say, I’m not sure about that. But defending ‘hardworking taxpayers’ and Republicans have the advantage.”

Don’t Talk About Taxing The Rich: Luntz reminded Republicans that Americans actually do want to tax the rich, so he reccommended they instead say that the government “takes from the rich.”

So there you have it. More proof that while the media and certain politicians try to brand Occupy Wall Street as radical, socialist, and anti-American, it’s message resonates with the 99%. Even more importantly, Luntz’ comments reveal that Washington is terrified OWS will expose its lies, self-serving policies, and general disregard for the well-being of middle-class Americans.

As so many have already said, you can tear down tents, arrest peaceful protesters, sequester journalists, and deny access to public spaces all you want, but you cannot evict an idea whose time has come.

Stand strong, voice your opinion, occupy your community, sign petitions, support your neighbors, and never be afraid to fight back against corruption. To those that have hung around the sidelines, waiting to see if this is really for you, it’s time to start asking questions, attending events, and standing up for your rights. Together we are the 99% and we are too big to fail!

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via ThinkProgress
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Robert H.
Robert Hamm6 years ago

NO one said Luntz supported OWS. But many people do see merit in what the OWS has been saying. Mock the group all you want. Demonstrators are used to being laughed at. But most of the time their view wins the day.

The Inited States need to start acting like it is only here to create profit.

Charles Temm JR
Charles Temm JR6 years ago

LOL, yeah only progs/libs could take Luntz's words and construe them to indicate any sort of wide support for OWS.

Luntz is pointing out that sympathy for Wall Street itself is close to nonexistent as a general emotion BUT that when questioned about why-the lack of sympathy is for the general CEO type...a distinct minority in the financial section. Trying to put that into some context of support for the inarticulate message(s) coming out from the various OWS "spokesmen" and assorted offshoots is impossible in any logical or empirical sense.

That's why non hardcore prog Dems have been reluctant to say more than general 'nice' things about OWS. The amount of racist, anti Semitic, self serving drivel (forgive my student loans/GIVE me a job of the type/pay I DESERVE etc), politically ignorant (why isn't OWS protesting against the politicians who got us into and have kept us into this mess?) drivel scares/disgusts the majority of Americans regardless of party.

It got some headlines for awhile no doubt but reality dictates everyone else is moving on...99%? Nope, maybe 5-7% but they have had their moment of fame...

Michael C.
Michael C6 years ago

Fred K, Your emotions are quite misguided, as is your logic, it appears that you are striving to become a member of the 1%. This shall not come to be, but you knew this, didn't you. There is such desperation in your voice. Try this, read what others have written. Take time to think about something that is bigger than your fantasies, it will only lead you to madness. Here is your first assignment:

In a letter to Joseph Milligan on April 6, 1816, Thomas Jefferson explicitly suggested that if individuals became so rich that their wealth could influence or challenge government, their wealth should be decreased upon their death. He wrote, "If the overgrown wealth of a individual be deemed dangerous to the State, the best corrective is the law of equal inheritance to all in equal degree."

In this he is making the same argument that the Framers of Pennsylvania tried to make when writing the Constitution in 1776.

Isabella F.
Isabella F6 years ago

“This is a "victory"? A political hacktivist is worried? Luntz, like others like him, make their money frightening GOP'ers.” This makes no sense. You’re confusing and conflating different things. Yes, Luntz and his ilk (think Karl Rove) use fear to keep GOP voters in line (such as behind the war on terra). They don’t try to frighten GOP operatives, though, who were the audience he was addressing. This doesn’t make Luntz admitting to his own fear of OWS meaningless. Because the fear he’s referring to is based on OWS’ attraction to many GOPers. He is worried they may exit the tent and join the reality-based community that knows the 99% are getting screwed, that trickle down doesn’t work, that most of the most wealthy got their wealth not by superior smarts, skills or industry but by receiving the favors of an unlevel playing field, that “free” markets don’t deliver the greatest good to the greatest number but rather the greatest good to the smallest number, etc. etc. He’s afraid they will find the man behind the curtain. Your naysaying will not change the fact that OWS has indeed already changed the conversation, for 30 years absolutely dominated by GOP propaganda, in big ways, as article after article on CD has shown.

Cathy Noftz
Cathy Noftz6 years ago

~Thanks for the article~I'd like to think that the 99% are making a difference!!~

gary c.
Gary C6 years ago


Gayle J.
Gayle, J6 years ago

Yeah, don't listen to them when they say they get it. That's what Chevron does when their oil spills devastate a community. They say they understand your pain, and then continue with business as usual. I hope people don't fall for this ploy when your nemesis supposedly agrees with you. They don't, they're lying trying to make you think they'll actually help you, when that's the furthest thing from their small minds.

Devon N.
Devon N6 years ago

There was a news interview on AP today with ElBaradei of Egypt who noted that the recent elections had gone heavily fundamentalist Islamists, and that the young people who had led the protests on which OWS has lost out on possible changes because they had not coalesced and presented a united large front on the political scene. This is the greatest of OWS and why so many protest movements like this fail. A united political movement is what is needed in 2012 and it is what I have been trying to get people to recognize for some time now. The problems that many of the 99% are different depending on where they live, so they need to be represented in the public sector by people who understand their needs. I hope people will consider running for House and Senate seats, as well as state legislatures in 2012. They can find information on a platform that will address the national needs, and for those who want to run at the state level, they can modify programs to help their states from these issue, or contact me through the website and I will help them to do so. But it is time for us all to move forward and become active in how we are governed, or we have no one to blame but ourselves when the government fails us.
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Faith Purdy
Faith Purdy6 years ago

awesome article, thank you!

Alexandra Rodda
Alexandra R6 years ago

This article has attracted the attention of Jeffrey W. He is a foot-soldier, whereas Luntz is a commander of the fascist brigade. He really feels that he has to make a point here, and that is that the OWS is not effective. The corollary? They might as well give up!
Actually, one can read this two ways: OWS should keep going and try harder, because it is growing at an astonishing rate and its success is assured.

Luntz is a spin doctor, a master of double speak. No wonder the holy teapartiers have put 1984 on the banned list, lest it enables some of the schoolchildren to twig to what is going on around them.