I’m wondering if John McCain’s failure to look at Obama during the debates will play the role that Gore’s sighing did in 2000. It seems to have been picked up as a commentariat story about his performance–one that people may or may not have noticed or cared about beforehand. I was too busy eating delicious, delicious lamb to watch the debates, but look at some short clips, both I and Miss Lady were inclined to parse it as discomfort–he looked ill at ease (of course the low-status monkey theory has bearing here).
If I were in the debate, I wouldn’t have been making eye contact, so I don’t know that I can care about McCain not doing so. If you wanted to push this as a real story, you’d want some clearer evidence of contempt–I have heard the story that McCain’s inner circle does have a real contempt for Obama.
Damn: looks terrible in a series of photos.