Most people read a lot more meaning from body language and other non-verbal factors than they gain from the words a person says. Barack Obama clearly won all three debates with Old McCain in terms of body language and the overall “Vibes” he gave off. During the first televised debate in 1960, Republican Nixon looked awful – sweaty and nervous with a “five-o’clock” shadow. Kennedy, on the other hand, looked cool, calm and collected. Sounds a lot like the stark contrasts we saw during the debate in Mississippi. Lesson is to study the candidate’s body language for clues into what they are really thinking. Trust your intuition and gut reaction.
I must note that this and most of my writing is intimately informed by watching MSNBC news coverage (6-8 hours per day.) Thanks especially to Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, Mika Brzezinski and Eugene Robinson (also of the Washington Post.) Also, I am increasingly impressed with someone I used to not like because of his political views – Pat Buchanan (oh that we all have could have his energy, enlightenment and enthusiasm in our later years.) You may want to consult my first article on this BLOG: MSNBC Makes Most Sense of the World (January 18, 2008).