blog post that accompanies this wonderful flow chart on Aden Nak's blog is too harsh for my tastes, but this flow chart is funny.
Dissecting Palin's debate style
I wish I'd discovered it before last night's VP debate, though. This flow chart describes the Couric interviews to a T, but Palin performed significantly better than that last night, But the part of the chart that remained valid was the faux-folks self-effacement strategies like "Can you tell a heartwarming hockey mom story?"
What about Palin's folksy, hokey regular-gal tone: darn it, betcha ya, nu-cu-lar. Do you think it was effective? Do you think it's real?
Does anyone else think that the term "Joe Six-Pack" has a negative connotation? More negative than "John Doe" or "the man on the street" or "the people on Main Street" (which I think is the best of those hackneyed figures of speech). No one likes to be pidgeon-holed, but the terms "soccer moms" and "Nascar dads" are at least palatable to the people they describe.
And about those winks: you may enjoy this YouTube video, a quick-as-a-wink composite of Palin's ocular gestures during the VP debate posted by HuffPolitics.