A Short Thought On The Importance Of Visuals In Modern Politics

Reacting to the vice president’s on-air appearance, Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley reportedly said, “My God, they’ve embalmed him before he even died.” The following day, the Chicago Daily News ran the headline “Was Nixon Sabotaged by TV Makeup Artists?” Nixon later said, “I should have remembered that ‘a picture is worth a thousand words.’

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According to comedian (comedienne?) Eddie Izard, people respond to how you look and then how you sound before what you say.

 

Back in the first half of the 19th century there was a very influential South Carolina politician by the name of John C Calhoun. An intelligent and well spoken politician, Mr Calhoun was electd to the SC State State senate, the US House of Representatives, US Senate and the Vice Presidency back when it was elected seperately from the Presidency. Yoday, however, he would have absolutely no chance at office. Here’s why:

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he makes Nixon look photogenic.

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