Listen to the debate without the visuals.
That is what the media talkers should have done when considering this women could be a whisper away from the presidency. The debate on substance alone, without the visual effects, was damaging to Palin.
I listened to the debate without visuals for all but the last fifteen minutes. Those on the brink should do the same. When you can go onstage and act like a beauty pageant contestant, winking at the audience, and no one wonders “what the hell is this” we have a problem.
Rich Lowry at the National Review writes
A very wise TV executive once told me that the key to TV is projecting through the screen. It’s one of the keys to the success of, say, a Bill O’Reilly, who comes through the screen and grabs you by the throat. Palin too projects through the screen like crazy. I’m sure I’m not the only male in America who, when Palin dropped her first wink, sat up a little straighter on the couch and said, “Hey, I think she just winked at me.” And her smile. By the end, when she clearly knew she was doing well, it was so sparkling it was almost mesmerizing. It sent little starbursts through the screen and ricocheting around the living rooms of America. This is a quality that can’t be learned; it’s either something you have or you don’t, and man, she’s got it.
Do we really expect so little from someone who is breathing on the presidency? It’s all about projection, content doesn’t matter. An empty cup is ok as long as it looks good on the table?
Cooper had it right. All the right moves, all the wrong stuff.
I’m guessing the people she lost last night, those on the brink, those not quite decided were heavily on the female gender side. Males do not appear to have been thinking about the content of her debate at all. They couldn’t have been. Listen to it again, without the visuals.