On his show Tuesday night, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart ripped into Republicans for attempting obscure their political philosophy by changing the language they use.
Conservative strategist Frank Luntz, for instance, has called on Republican candidates to “adjust” their “language errors.”
“See, Republicans aren’t bullshitting you, they’re adjusting language errors,” Stewart explained. “Like how Elmer’s Glue used to be Elmore Richardson’s Horse-Boiling Emporium.”
Luntz said Republicans should stop using the phrase “smaller government” and instead advocate “more effective and efficient government” because voters don’t care about the size of government.
“If you say you want smaller government, the electorate rejects it,” Stewart elaborated. “But if you say you want the government to function more efficiently, the electorate likes it, even though that’s clearly not what you believe.”
Luntz even suggested that instead of talking about controlling or cutting Social Security and Medicare, Republican should talk about saving and strengthening the popular government programs. Though Stewart, amazed at Luntz’s audacity, noted that strengthening Social Security and Medicare was the opposite of what Republicans were proposing.
“Save and strengthen does sound better than the Republican’s actual plan for entitlements, which would cut them, which sounds shitty,” he remarked.
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