Norquist: Romney Will Do As Told—David Frum - The Daily Beast
Before the weekend, Komen issued a statement to its affiliates, some of whom had already declared that they were ignoring the injunction to sever ties with Planned Parenthood.
The statement. I’d link directly to Komen, but they’ve taken the statement down. Such is their courage.
This is the worst possible decisions Komen could have made. First, they abandon their motivated donors and besieged partner, exposing conservative convictions. Which is fine — donors respect convictions. That’s why they donate. This trail could have been blazed. It would have necessarily created a rift between liberal and conservative donors, but there is plenty of money on the conservative side.
But now Komen has rescinded its decision, the organization looks like it lacks the courage of its convictions.
If a non-profit can’t be counted on to have the courage of its convictions, why would anyone give them money?
If you worked for or with Komen, would you now trust them?
(From International Business Times)
When we talk, we use our hands to communicate. More so if you are giving a speech. Grabbing someone’s hands is about silencing them, without speaking.
The current Republican party isn’t so much about ideas as it is about posture. Gainsaying the President, as Monty Python pointed out so many decades ago, isn’t an argument. It is simply posture. And Perry has the best posture.
Or, as Charlie Rangel said in New York.
Best CEOs articulate the destination. Best COOs figure out the route. Best CFOs find the fuel w/o making the trip all about the fuel.
Body language is king. It effects and the affects the emotional content of a message, critical to all messages, but especially to a speech.
Here, Perry is speechifying:
Open body language - head forward, crotch forward and open. Not afraid to display these vulnerable spots, which reads as confidence. The mic hand is canted just enough to seem open, and his left hand is making a welcoming gesture. The just-between-you-and-me cocked head is what makes this intimate.
Romney, handling a heckler:
His center line is covered by the mic hand (held the same way you hold a club, in a power grip), his head is held back (a persistent Romney problem). The bent knee separates him from the audience. His hand is using the same gesture you would use to pat a child’s head, or to tell someone to sit down.
Romney needs to welcome everyone in the audience, even his attacker. Where openness is key to charisma, this is closed and combative. In fact, this is so combative that it’s a Wing Chun pose: