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Bachmann credited for ads’ talking points

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Political ads running in at least four states against financial reform legislation closely echo talking points made in December by Rep. Michele Bachmann, a sign that some Washington observers say show that the darling of the Tea Party Right is effectively crafting the message of Republican campaigns.

Bachmann called the financial reform legislation a “permanent bailout bill,”  and similar language was used in a memo by Republican pollster Frank Luntz instructing opponents in language to use to turn public opinion against the bill.

Thus the conclusion being drawn by some in Washington, perhaps best articulated by POLITICO’s Ben Smith:

“The notion of financial reform legislation as a ‘big bank bailout’ appears to have come, before Frank Luntz, from Rep. Michele Bachmann, yet another instance of the degree to which the Republican center at the moment is being led by the grass-roots conservative base.”

Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by Burton'Jon Blackwell on 02/03/2010 - 03:11 pm.

    Reader’s!…
    Bachman’s diatribe is the reason we’re taking such a close look at John Marty as our next Governor. She’s going around making “oldhat” republican comments. We want consumeristic represention in our state and natioal bodies. Bachman, just like 85% of the republican legislators, is talking 90’s talk here in the year 2010. Republican’s…please rally forward to times we live in. Take a current and accurate measurement, then draw up a set of plans true to the measurement…THEN FOLLOW THEM! Greedy Republica’s!…forget stuufing your pockets with bribes and “Big Money” handouts and get on the peoples consumer-first band wagon. Ole Ink

  2. Submitted by William Pappas on 02/03/2010 - 06:21 pm.

    Somehow republicans are crafting a populist message around a policy of denying every piece of legislation that would help working class Americans. By framing the context of consumer protection from banking abuses through a new agency as a continuing bank bailout (a pretty darn tough sell when you think about how much banks hate this new legislation) republicans are really exposing themselves as the blatant liars they are. Meanwhile democrats are making an effort to provide relief to these same working Americans and can’t even craft an understandable message to sell it that has the added benefit of truth behind it. Go figure.

  3. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 02/03/2010 - 07:06 pm.

    “Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.”
    H. L. Mencken

    There’s a sucker born every minute.”
    P. T. Barnum

  4. Submitted by Bernice Vetsch on 02/04/2010 - 01:26 pm.

    Huffington noted that Frank Shrum’s advice to Republicans was for them to FALSELY connect the “Big Bank Bailout” to the financial services to, as you say, turn public opinion against reform.

    Are they so desperate to injure Obama that trying to kill legislation that can stop the big banks from hurting regular people is what they want those who will be hurt the most buy into their propaganda?

  5. Submitted by Bernice Vetsch on 02/05/2010 - 09:53 am.

    Addition to #4: This morning, an analyst from American Prospect reported that John Boehner has been making the rounds of the Big Banks to promise that Republicans will do whatever they can to defeat reform legislation in order to enable them to carry on as before (thereby triggering who knows how many MORE meltdowns and millions of Americans plunged into poverty before our democracy disintegrates).

    In return, says our John, he and his fellow party members will welcome whatever contributions the Big Banks (banksters?) are able to make to assure their re-elections.

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