Commentary Magazine


Looks, looks, looks

Pundits from both sides are talking about the unfortunate combined effect of McCain’s physical limitations and the split-screen response shots. (Charles Krauthamer just described the funny way McCain raised his eyebrows). Since the trends in this race have been so exclusively determined by stylistic impressions, this is no surprise. It also goes to show that there is little that McCain could have done, short of morphing into a different physical presence, to effect a “game-changer” of a night.