Making Walker Stapleton (Slightly) Less Awkward

It’s no secret among anyone who has witnessed Colorado Treasurer and 2018 gubernatorial candidate Walker Stapleton speak publicly that he is…well, public speaking is not Stapleton’s strongest asset by a long shot. One of the more memorable examples of Stapleton looking highly uncomfortable in front of an audience occurred last month when he announced that his ballot petitions were riddled with fraud:

Yikes! Stapleton needed some coaching that day, and as you can see he didn’t get it.

But truth be told, Stapleton’s awkward on-camera gesticulations have been cracking us up for years. Back in 2014 we took note of the striking resemblance between Stapleton’s body language in a campaign ad and that of famous Denver-area automobile hustler Dealin’ Doug Moreland:

A campaign ad is about as scripted a moment as one could ever expect, so we have to assume that somebody actually thought that gesture would inspire positive feelings about Stapleton. Or failing that, at least move the conversation further along to discovering what Walker needs to do to put you in that new car today!

But in Stapleton’s new campaign ad out this week, it does appear his image consultants have figured out a way to cope.

By making Walker Stapleton jam his hands into his pockets.

Is that really less awkward? Not so much! But fewer people will mistake him for that car salesman.

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  1. UglyAmericanUglyAmerican says:

    Hands jammed in pockets is every 12 year old boy's default position when delivering their presentation to the class. And points are duly taken off.

  2. ZappateroZappatero says:

    Republicans are so friggin' stoooooooooooopid. Democrats are much better. They are not nearly as  stoooooooooooopid and they have real smarties on their side like CPols.

  3. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    1-2 day speaking courses are easily available.

  4. Diogenesdemar says:

    Back in 2010 we took note of the striking resemblance between Stapleton’s body language in a campaign ad for his first run for treasurer and that of famous Denver-area automobile hustler Dealin’ Doug Moreland:

    If by “we,” you mean me, . . .

    . . . and, if by “back in 2010, ” you mean on 27 October 2014 at 4:38 p.m., . . . 

    . . . well then, yeah.

    http://www.coloradopols.com/diary/64610/caption-this-walker-stapleton-buddy

    (And, I still believe that Isaac from The Love Boat deserved the real credit.)

  5. Meiner49erMeiner49er says:

    Thanks for taking this "Dealing Dog" out for a walk. Hope nobody is buying what he's selling!

  6. RepealAndReplace says:

    When will Moderatus be back to tell us all how we are afraid of Walker Stapleton because he's the toughest GOP candidate for us to beat?

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