Several highly-visible and blatant power moves were dished out during last night’s GOP debate. There was the powerful, rich old white dude high-five:
There was Carly Fiorina’s takedown of Trump for dissing her face:
And there was The Don’s “I don’t give a fuck” expression to every negative comment thrown his way.
Look at those jowls. It’s like watching pink Play Doh being squeezed through a tube.
But there was a far subtler act of dominance that was easy to miss. When the candidates lined up for a group photo, Jeb Bush stood on his tiptoes and extended his arms to appear bigger. He did this a handful of times throughout the photo shoot.
Some may argue that Bush was merely stretching his calves – He is 6’3” after all. But I don’t think so. I think he’s just a weird, awkward, sweaty dude who’s developed a serious complex trying to follow in the footsteps of his presidential brother and father. Besides, politicians always use physical domination in an attempt to assert themselves over their opponents. Look at this video of Al Gore attempting to intimidate Dubya back in 2000:
On the flipside, when George was running against a significantly taller John Kerry, he would always be sure to stand at a distance when shaking his hand, which would force Kerry to bend to his height.
They may hide it with fancy agendas and rhetoric, but when it comes down to it, politicians are standing around a table with their dicks in one hand and a measuring tape in the other..
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