Previously, our crack guess-tigation team has looked at how senate candidate Tom “Tom” Leppert uses his paws during his campaign ads. Today, we look at how he puts them to use out among his potential constituency.
The Blatant Beg: He's just putting it right out there for you. Like, "Listen, I've got absolutely no plans beyond this. I have no safety net. I NEED THIS. Please. Please please please."
The Separator: See, this one is troublesome for me, because he's literally building a wall between himself and the audience. (I'm assuming there are people there.) I just think this is a strategic misfire and should be used VERY sparingly. Only if someone is asking him about how the convention center hotel runs counter to almost everything he "believes" in, for instance.
See above. If I were his campaign manager, well, the first thing I would do is take out any polo shirts that have some sort of American flag/bald eagle combination and hide them. But the second thing I would do is tell Leppert that if you have a hand that looks like it's been comically flattened in a Bugs Bunny cartoon, do NOT put it in front of you, unless under attack.
The Superman: OK, this is much better. Out among the people, you need to project an air of confidence, stay away from any whiff of "jeez, and now I have to battle Craig James, too, oh man, I have really made a mistake here." This does that. Well done.
The Terminator: This is an instance where the wall is OK, I suppose, because Leppert clearly wants out of this conversation in the worst way. Problem: I don't think that young lady is going to take such a subtle hint. Suggestion: pair this with a half turn of the torso, and a "Yeah, I'll be right there, Jimmy" and you have a headstart on deading that conversation properly.