Sunday, February 07, 2010

A Grouch's Reaction to Sarah Palin's Speech and Future in Politics

I watched Sarah Palin's speech to the Tea Party Convention in Nashville.  My thoughts are brief:  sooner or later we need to get down to brass tacks and come up with a platform.  Sarah's sing-song medley of happy thoughts won't get the job done forever.  Sooner or later we will have to move beyond stump speeches and rah-rah flag waving to describe some actual policies, e.g., how can we return this nation to fiscal solvency and sanity?  How can we best deal with the Islamic threat?  What policies will maximize American prosperity, opportunity and individual freedom?

Will Sarah Palin run for president?  If she is our candidate, I will support her.  However, I think she needs to adopt a more serious image.  The big hair has to go. It looks wild and woolly and unkempt.  The color should be rethought as well:  perhaps a darker color.  It's time for Palin to hire a better hair stylist.

In the past, Sarah has worn bright red suits; these should be replaced by ones that are well-tailored, dark blue or charcoal gray.  She wore a charcoal gray suit for the Nashville appearance, but it didn't fit her that well.  She can't do anything about those pretty legs, I guess, except to wear longer skirts that cover the knee. She should consider it. The problem is this:  when men look at her they will either think "babe" or "serious person," but they cannot think both at the same time.  Men's brains are not wired that way.

While looking at Palin yesterday, I asked myself, honestly, does she "look like a president"?  I had to say no.  Also, I find her sing-song, happy voice kind of annoying; it doesn't sound serious enough.  She needs to work on speech making and sounding serious and even sad or somber at times. A speech coach is essential. Can you see Sarah Palin ordering men into battle in that sing-song voice?  Making hard decisions that may cost lives?

Image is very important and works on a subconscious level.  Palin needs to work hard on both her message and her image.

Another Black Conservative has extensive coverage of Palin's speech, including video.  Go here to read and watch.

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