Tuesday, August 25, 2009
'People want you to fix health care'
In the blizzard of statistics presented by Frank Luntz, perhaps this was the scariest one for the 10 governors in the room: Asked whether they agreed with the statement "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore," 72 percent of Americans polled said yes.
That sentiment is much more than a pithy line from the 1976 movie "Network," Luntz told the governors. It's a perfect summing-up of the American zeitgeist in 2009, one that politicians ignore at their peril.
Luntz, a pollster best known for his work on the power of language in politics, has worked mostly for Republicans.
But he spoke Sunday at the Southern Governors' Association's annual meeting at the invitation of a Democrat - Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, the group's chairman - and his advice was bipartisan.