Gestures That Won the Midterms

Illinois

Gov. Pat Quinn (D) def. Bill Brady (R)


"Democrat Pat Quinn was obviously highly coachable; he used a 'from the heart' sincerity gesture -- motioning towards his chest -- that made him come across as an honest, trustworthy guy. There were 44 instances of Quinn making these sincerity gestures and only nine from Republican Bill Brady in the course of their debates.

"As for Brady, the Republicans picked the wrong guy; Brady was oscillating [making rapid, back-and-forth motions with his hands] a lot in comparison to Quinn, making him come off as nervous and indicating a certain level of mental disorganization.

"Something interesting to note: Brady was ahead in the polls, but he went on the attack straightaway with far more finger pointing, which is a highly aggressive motion. It was a surprise because normally the person who is ahead doesn't do those things."

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Quinn - From the heart 1.jpgAll images courtesy of Don Khoury/Body Language TV

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Jared Keller is a former associate editor for The Atlantic and The Atlantic Wire and has also written for Lapham's Quarterly's Deja Vu blog, National Journal's The Hotline, Boston's Weekly Dig, and Preservation magazine. 

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