Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Continuation of previous post
One thing I'm always struck by whenever I see a clip of Sarah Palin on the news is that she just doesn't have any of the body language of someone who's particularly intelligent. "Gravitas" is an overrated trait, and in most cases just connotes self-importance. But Palin radiates the opposite. She just comes across....very average. (I understand this is part of her appeal. But it is less than confidence-inspiring in one who aspires to be the leader of the free world.)
She gave a great speech at the Republican convention. Remember "the difference between a pit bull and a hockey mom -- lipstick" and "A mayor is a community organizer who actually does something"? But even then, she came across like a spunky actress with an IQ of 110 delivering lines written for her by a screenwriter with an IQ of 150.
Which, basically, is what she was.
Take away her scriptwriter and you're left with the Katie Couric interview.
Speaking as one sympathetic to the Tea Party spirit, I have to say there is just nothing about Palin which conveys intelligence. Of course, her getup doesn't help either. Call me sexist and superficial, but if Abraham Lincoln had posed for an 1864 daguerrotype with eye makeup, plucked eyebrows, lipstick, bangs, and those cute little glasses, he probably would have appeared a twit as well.
Especially if he wore that big Tweetie Bird smile.
None of which is to say that Palin isn't hot.