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A D Magazine Guess-tigation: The Many Hand Gestures of Tom Leppert

Earlier, like right under this post, Glenn pointed you toward Tom Leppert’s latest campaign ad in his quest to either become a senator, or rack up speaking fees in the hundreds of dollars at various tents in Ohio and lower Minnesota. The clip may have an odd location, but it is an excellent example of the many ways in which Leppert uses the Mickey Mouse gloves that he calls hands. I broke the video down like a fraction. My findings are after the jump.

This is sort of like standard attack position. Nothing too crazy. Spreads out the fingers a little, but mostly keeps everything locked in tight. It's just a "hey, here are my hands, and they are not going anywhere, brother. Deal with it."
This is sort of like standard attack position. Nothing too crazy. Spreads out the fingers a little, but mostly keeps everything locked in tight. It's just a "hey, here are my hands, and they are not going anywhere, brother. Deal with it."
"I know kung fu." I like this one, because it gives the right paw sort of a solo spotlight dance, without ignoring the guy on the left. It's an "I mean business" pose, but more like a warning than an actual act of agression.
I like this one, because it gives the right paw sort of a solo spotlight dance, without ignoring the guy on the left. It's an "I mean business" pose, but more like a warning than an actual act of agression. More like Keanu Reeves in The Matrix: "I know kung fu."
Oh, son, now you made Tommy angry. Boom. What now, huh? Thought so. Personal preference, I'd go full football hooligan here, and just have the the index and pointer extended. That's just me though.
Oh, son, now you made Tommy angry. Boom. What now, huh? Thought so. Personal preference, I'd go full football hooligan here, and just have the the index and pointer extended. That's just me though. Probably have to trust Leppert's restraint here. Controlled fury. Bruce Banner.
This is sort of his hand-gesture version of period at the end of a sentence, or a paragraph return. One thought is over, and he's transitioning to the next. BUT, and this is important, the hands remain out there, up front, above the belt line. This is not his first rodeo. He knows what's up, and what got him there.
This is sort of his hand-gesture version of period at the end of a sentence, or a paragraph return. One thought is over, and he's transitioning to the next. BUT, and this is important, the hands remain out there, up front, above the belt line. This is not his first rodeo. He knows what's up, and what got him there.
Again, another sort of muted hand gesture here. This is similar to the one above, but he saves it for "burn" lines. If you see him in this pose, you know the sentence probably contained some reference to Obama, career politicians, or those unbelievable jerks in Washington, of which he is absolutely desperate to join.
Again, another sort of muted hand gesture here. This is similar to the one above, but he saves it for "burn" lines. If you see him in this pose, you know the sentence probably contained some reference to Obama, career politicians, or those unbelievable jerks in Washington, of which he is absolutely desperate to join.
These next two are variations on standard attack position. In this one, he extends slightly beyond his body and, as you can see, really gets some separation with his thumbs. Slightly more emphatic, to be sure, but still remaining pretty conservative. Did you know he's a conservative? Because he is. A conservative. Conservative.
These next two are variations on standard attack position. In this one, he extends slightly beyond his body and, as you can see, really gets some separation with his thumbs. Slightly more emphatic, to be sure, but still remaining pretty conservative. Did you know he's a conservative? Because he is. A conservative. Conservative.
And in this one, whoa. Look at that. Arms almost completely away from his body, hands flipped all crazy, all fingers and thumbs acting independently. In fact, that is exactly what he is saying. I will act independently from all those career politicians. Whom I would, jeez, really, really like to join. Would you just please, pretty please, give me a shot? This somewhat smacks of desperation, so it is used sparingly.
And in this one, whoa. Look at that. Arms almost completely away from his body, hands flipped all crazy, all fingers and thumbs acting independently. In fact, that is exactly what he is saying. I will act independently from all those career politicians. Whom I would, jeez, really, really like to join. Would you just please, pretty please, give me a shot? This somewhat smacks of desperation, so it is used sparingly.
This is a new one. I call it "Don't Forget About Me, I Used to Be Mayor, and I Am Still Running For Senator, Even Though There Are Probably Not a Lot of People Who Think It's A Good Idea."
This is a new one. I call it "Don't Forget About Me, I Used to Be Mayor, and I Am Still Running For Senator, Even Though There Are Probably Not a Lot of People Who Think It's A Good Idea."

7 comments on “A D Magazine Guess-tigation: The Many Hand Gestures of Tom Leppert

  1. what a douche…

    also, gotta agree…what an odd selection for a backdrop. I think thats South Lamar. Definitely the Cedars.

  2. At least he wore a jacket with sleeves long enough to cover his giant gold Rolex. The absence of flashy jewelry makes him more relatable to the common man. (Certain weathermen and news anchors actually are common men, but they employ the short-sleeve-watch-peek trick in an attempt to elevate themselves over us regular schlubs.)

  3. Oh a Leppert article, haven’t been on this blog for a while… how can I resist a Leppert blog post

    Picture #2 looks like he is doing the robot, see the exmayor is cool…maybe…

    The last picture looks like he is saying “Look at these teeth! They are American made!”