We and the immediate blogosphere made note of Barack Obama's "creepy, smirky smile" that transmogrified his human face into "a bizarre theatrical comedy mask" every time John McCain mentioned an inconvenient truth about his opponent's words or deeds during last night's debate. Above left, the mask emerges in full at McCain's evocation of "Acorn."
When Senator Blinky (Confederate Yankee's words) met Senator Government (Senator Blinky's words), "Joe [the Plumber] made Senator Government squirm," writes Michelle Malkin re Obama's studied "I'm thoughtful and earnest and I care about you" body language as he exchanged words with John McCain during the third and final presidential debate at Hofstra U. last night. We liked an NRO reader's take:
First time I've seen Obama blushing and looking frustrated in a debate. McCain is getting under his skin.
Yup. As we wrote in a coda to our previous post, "Johnny's got Barry in the [OODA] loop," but:
Will Obamaniacs notice or be unnerved by it? Probably not, but maybe our fellow citizens who haven't yet made up their minds will.
How do you REALLY feel about your opponent? Obama (from an Instapundit emailer): "Can't I just be president already?" McCain (loved and hated by the usual suspects for his politically incorrect sense of humor): "Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Obam." Photoshopped screenshot above is meant to graphically portray the mental states of the two contenders during their two hours and twenty minutes of forced proximity.
"Blinky" McCain is not without a few facial tics of his own, of course — shall we chalk them up to aftereffects of his Vietnam prisoner-of-war years ? — but when it comes down to words, our man gets to the point three times faster than his opponent:
Obama: "I am a person who believes [fill in the blank]" = 6 words
McCain: "I believe [fill in the blank]" = 2 words