It's Day 10 and our
feckless fearless leaders are yakking up a storm. Stéphane Dion is in Halifax. Stephen Harper is in Kitchener. And Barack Layton is in Welland, ground zero for hope and change.
Let us now ignore what was said and instead focus on the visuals at each conference:
Politican: Stephen Harper
Look: V-neck sweater, plaid shirt and bulky jacket
Look Says: "I like hockey and I like you."
Backdrop: Curtain and real estate posters for "Villas in East Terrace" (SOLD)
Humans in Background: 0
Body Language: Exasperated head-bob and slow-motion gesturing with right arm, as if it operates independently from the rest of his body
Visual Effectiveness Score: 64
Politician: Barack Layton
Look: Black blazer and silky, periwinkle shirt
Look Says: "Yes, I care about the downtrodden. But I also appreciate the finer things in life."
Backdrop: Road (with a distracting number of passing cars!), evergreen foliage and prominent John Deere sign.
Humans in Background: 1 (guy in glasses; looks groggy)
Body Language: Clint Eastwood squint meets Clint Black swagger
Visual Effectiveness Score: 82
Politician: Stephane Dion
Look: Dark suit, white shirt, wide-striped tie
Look Says: "I nice man, I buy you drink."
Backdrop: Stucco wall
Humans in Background: 2 (guy in suit, woman in sunglasses; guy looks confused, woman may be asleep)
Body Language: Uncanny impersonation of an android that runs on ice water!
Visual Effectiveness Score: 56
What does all of this mean? I have no idea.