Elisabeth Wehling

Elisabeth Wehling is a political strategist and author working in the US and Europe. She is co-author (with George Lakoff) of The Little Blue Book: The Essential Guide to Thinking and Talking Democratic (Simon & Schuster June 2012).

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Monday, September 17, 2012 - 7:26am
Romney's Apology Frame
Mitt Romney responded to the recent Cairo events with an apology frame. America, he said, must never apologize for its values, and he claimed that the Obama administration was apologizing when it pointed out a moral constraint on free speech.
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Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 6:58am
The Public: Obama’s and Romney’s Opposed Visions for a Free America
America is divided about its future. Should it keep and expand the system that brought past opportunity, prosperity and freedom? Or should it dismantle that system? President Obama recently reminded us that private life, private enterprise, and personal freedom depend on what the public provides.
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Monday, July 16, 2012 - 8:20am
The Sacredness of Life and Liberty
The NY Times, on June 5, 2012, reported that so-called “morning-after pills” work by preventing women’s eggs from being fertilized, and not by preventing fertilized eggs from being implanted in the womb. The latest scientific findings show that “the pills delay ovulation, the release of eggs from ovaries that occurs before eggs are fertilized, and some pills also thicken cervical mucus so sperm have trouble swimming.”
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Monday, July 2, 2012 - 6:56am
What Hath Roberts Wrought?
Democrats all over America are claiming victory in the Chief Justice Roberts’ vote to uphold the constitutionality of the President’s Health Care Law. Conservatives all over America are campaigning all the harder for a president and a congress that will overthrow the law in the future.
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Monday, June 25, 2012 - 8:29am
Metaphor and Health Care: On The Power to Make Metaphor Into Law
Perhaps as early as today, the conservative–dominated Roberts Court will choose a metaphor that will affect millions of people and perhaps change the history of our country very much for the worse.
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Monday, June 18, 2012 - 8:46am
Obama vs. Romney: The Framing Matchup, Round One
Framing is (or should be) about moral values, deep truths, and the policies that flow from them. As of their kickoff speeches in Ohio, Romney and Obama have both chosen economics as their major campaign theme. And thus the question of how they frame the economy will be crucial throughout the campaign. Their two speeches could not be more different.
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Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 6:56am
Economics and Morality: Paul Krugman’s Framing
In his June 11, 2012 op-ed in the NY Times, Paul Krugman goes beyond economic analysis to bring up the morality and the conceptual framing that determines economic policy.
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Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - 6:47am
The Wisconsin Blues and a Failed Progressive Narrative
In taking over the framing of just about every major issue, conservatives have hidden major truths. Democrats need to speak those truths from their own moral perspective.
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