I'm Not Alone
at National Review agrees in part with my assessment of Cheney and Edward's performance last night:
But by every traditional measure of good public speaking, Cheney is a truly wretched communicator. His sins include the following: staring down constantly, cocking his head awkwardly, placing his chin on his hands, speaking in a monotone voice, saying "ah" incessantly, and using weird clutter phrases like "if you will."
POSTED BY THE GENERAL AT 10:39 AM
It is difficult to critique Senator Edwards's communication skills because he is consistently a technically flawless communicator. Edwards comes across as comfortable, likeable, knowledgeable, and friendly. Specifically, Edwards moves his head, hands, and body in a totally natural manner. His voice is soothing, conversational, and energetic. And you can make fun of good hair all you want, but it didn't seem to hurt Reagan or Clinton.