What Lakoff and Obama Do Not Understand
Posted on Wed Jul 19, 2006 at 11:22:04 AM EST
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(TalkLeft Guest Commentary by Big Tent Democrat)
AE: Let's talk about the underlying debate that is happening. There is always debate in Congress between Democrats and Republicans, but let's talk about them in terms of frames. Are there major opposing frames that you see at work in today's debates?
GL: Well, I do, but what has happened in a lot of cases is that a lot of the frames that determine how progressives come down on a particular issue are unconscious. What happens in Congress very often is that the Democrats go on the defensive and accept the other side's frames.
This seems unquestionable to me. It is the principal political flaw of the Democratic Party. Interestingly, when asked about Barack Obama, Lakoff says:
Barak Obama: Star pupil
AE: You're a professor. Thinking about the Democratic Party as your class, who's your star pupil? Where are you seeing success on the Democratic side in speaking in the proper frames?
GL: I think the person who best understands this is Barak Obama. There are a number of reasons for this.
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