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"Gosh darn it, that Sarah Palin sure knows how to wink," says Joe Six-pack.


Dissecting Palin's debate style

The 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.

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.

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David October 3, 2008 at 11:46 PM  

Which candidate used Joe Sixpack and was skewered for it? Was it John Kerry? I'd been led to believe that the term was condescending. But I guess Sarah P. can get away with saying things that we elitists cannot.

Or as she herself put it: It is a crisis. It’s a toxic mess, really, on Main Street that’s affecting Wall Street. And now we have to be ever vigilant and also making sure that credit markets don’t seize up. That’s where the Main Streeters like me, that’s where we would really feel the effects,

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