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Jackpine Radical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-31-08 09:17 AM
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80. Unfortunately, I stopped to read this thread while taking a break from Lakoff's
Edited on Sun Aug-31-08 09:19 AM by Jackpine Radical
recent book, The Political Mind, in which he talks about how the Republicans build frames & narratives around their people. Shrub riding in on a carpet of redemption from his earlier life as a wastrel, for example.

He did a whole chapter on Anna Nicole and the competing narrative frames at play in the background that accounted for how she captivated the public imagination.

After my morning dose of Lakoff, I've been thinking about the Palin thing in the context of narrative frames (hell, call them archetypes if you're an old Jungian like one unnamed, decrepit shrink on this board). The issue is not going to boil down to the truth about McBoobs. It's gonna sink or swim on the basis of the narrative they spin around her, and I expect that they already have that one ready. It'll be something like
1) Submissive helper role (Good Stepford Wife, a woman the Fundies can approve of)
2) Religious fanatic
3) McBimbo/MILF (Gad, the bad things I learn hanging out on this board)--sublimated, subliminal sexuality slyly supporting Stupid's studliness (Like Bush & his codpiece-enhanced flyboy suit)
etc.

They're selling a script, a story. Our reality-based nitpicking about qualifications doesn't matter. If we want to win, we need to fight this with our own coherent, archetypally-rooted counter-story.
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