Friday, October 03, 2008

Projecting through the screen

This is what the National Review's Rich Lowry had to say about Sarah Palin's debate performance:

A very wise TV executive once told me that the key to TV is projecting through the screen. It's one of the keys to the success of, say, a Bill O'Reilly, who comes through the screen and grabs you by the throat. Palin too projects through the screen like crazy. I'm sure I'm not the only male in America who, when Palin dropped her first wink, sat up a little straighter on the couch and said, "Hey, I think she just winked at me." And her smile. By the end, when she clearly knew she was doing well, it was so sparkling it was almost mesmerizing. It sent little starbursts through the screen and ricocheting around the living rooms of America. This is a quality that can't be learned; it's either something you have or you don't, and man, she's got it.

Now wonder Pat Buchanan exploded in his pants. Sarah Palin winked at Buchanan, Lowry, and every other conservative male watching, sending starbursts through the TV screen, ricocheting around the living rooms of America. Multiply those ricocheting starbursts several million times and what do you get?

A run on paper towels?

(Hat tip to The Washington Monthly).

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