I’m not sure what TeeVee Dinner heir, vanity press owner, self-identified gay basher and notable Black Studies scholar Tucker Carlson is getting at here…
…but it reeks of innuendo and moral panic.
Also, anyone who would mistake Frank Luntz for a Democrat is absolutely bonkers, but nonetheless, Carlson is the most-viewed barking head on Fox News and he can sway Possum Hollar and grab the attention of our Failed Political Press ™ without breaking a sweat.
Politico’s inside baseball DC gossip email thingie begins their day regurgitating Tucker thusly:
THE LATEST FEUD — TUCKER VS. MCCARTHY: For the second consecutive show, TUCKER CARLSON went after KEVIN MCCARTHY on Monday night. The Fox News host hit the GOP House leader over his close relationship with FRANK LUNTZ, a longtime GOP pollster and consultant who’s worked for numerous corporate clients, and said in mid-February there “isn’t a shred of hope” for DONALD TRUMP to re-enter politics after Jan. 6.
Carlson reported that McCarthy rents space in Luntz’s Penn Quarter penthouse, questioning whether that arrangement is allowed. McCarthy’s staff confirmed their roommate status in a statement to the network, though wouldn’t say how much he pays in rent. That’s beside the point, Carlson argued: “Now you know why they listen to Frank Luntz but they don’t listen to you!” Here’s the full clip
ADDING TO THE INTRIGUE: Carlson noted that Luntz and McCarthy’s “Odd Couple” arrangement was not something he just stumbled upon on his own but was leaked to Fox by a knowledgeable unnamed source. Hmm.
To summarize: The star of Republicans’ network of choice is being fed oppo about and is denouncing the man who wants to be speaker of the House. Not good for McCarthy, who, if the GOP takes back the House, will need 218 votes to secure the gavel. Remember what happened last time he went for it.
We reached out to the typically loquacious Luntz on Monday night, but no word back yet. McCarthy’s office also did not respond to a request for comment.
As worried as I am about 2022 (and I am plenty worried), the Coup Klux Klan so far only is aiming successfully at themselves.