Veteran Palin Watcher: She’s Not Running

MADISON, WI. “The helmet is the message”, blogged media watcher and Associate Professor of Media Studies, Osgood Cluman, on Tuesday in response to a much publicized photo of Sara Palin’s noggin safely ensconced in a motorcycle helmet.

Cluman, author of the New York Times bestseller “The Fault Lies in Our Stars: How Mel Gibson Caused the Financial Crash”, is currently on sabbatical from Keg State University for the duration of the current presidential campaign.

He is researching his second book, a study of the meta-messages embedded in visual communication by presidential hopefuls.   Dr. Cluman agreed to talk with SWP political editors by IM on Skype.

A transcript of the Skype interview follows.

SWP
Dr. Cluman, you’ve made a bold prediction here, tell us how you’re so sure.
The Clu Man
Two reasons.  What are your initial impressions of the men in these photographs?

George Dukakis

"Guys, this is so me!"

George Bush

"Heh heh ... look at me now, Ma"

SWP
Dork.  Jackass.
The Clu Man
Exactly.   You see my point.
SWP
Yeah, but Palin straddling a bike, hair blowing in the wind, it’s kind of, well…different.
The Clu Man
I don’t see what you mean.
SWP
Folks, he doesn’t see what we mean.  If you know what we mean.
The Clu Man
Are you saying people find the Palin image…stimulating?  Are you a conservatively biased news organization?
SWP
Huh? No, we’re just saying… I mean, when you meet a woman, is that the first thing you notice, her…politics?
The Clu Man
You don’t?  Of course, it’s one of the first things I ask about.
SWP
I’m guessing you’re single?
The Clu Man
That’s none of your business.
SWP
Folks, he’s single.
The Clu Man
I can assure you “gentlemen” that no one at the New York Times talked to me like this.
SWP
We’re sorry; perhaps we got off to a bad start.  Will you answer one more question for us?
The Clu Man
Of course.
SWP
Are you wearing a helmet right now?
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