Over at The New Agenda, they are taking a detailed look at the use of framing by the Obama campaign in their attacks against Clinton and Palin. I find this fascinating. I remember listening to Obama pooh-poohing concerns raised after his "lipstick on a pig" remarks about Palin and thinking how are all of these people buying this bullshit? It was NOT a coincidence that he used that statement. Or that he referred to Hillary as "perioidcally, being down".
His was the "words matter" campaign, and given the lengths he went to put his words in the right setting to elicit the response he wanted,the way he talked about these two women was NOT accidental or unintentional.
Remember, this is the campaign that was touted as the most organized and effective in history. That they were zealously on message, everything was controlled. What we saw when he wandered into the language of framing was not accidental. It was intended - to connect negative images to his female opponents.
I encourage you to read Framing the Cunt: the use of sexist stereotypes in the 2008 election - Part 1. We must keep talking about what happened to women at the hands of this man. We must keep speaking up when PreBO is annointed a super-feminist. A few crumbs will fall off the table, because he wants your votes in 4 years. But he'll go negative on any woman who gets in his way. It's how he won. He's got no problem with it.
"So you carefully choose your words in order to give people hope, to make them dream; you want to inspire them, to motivate them to do what you want, because it seems like the thing that is in their best interests. Or you want to activate their shame, to call up their fear and their disgust so they will respond with aversion to the thing you don’t want them to do. If you want them to reject your opponent and vote for you, you evoke the most unpleasant stereotypes available about your opponent. If these are effective, many of the voters who have identified with your opponent will turn away and reject that person out of fear of being associated with him or her.
This works especially well with women, because we’re afraid—deeply, morbidly afraid—to be called pigs or cunts or harridans. We’re mortified that anyone might think we smell like fish. We will draw back from these images as if from an open flame."