Everyone has seen those signs ‘slippery when wet’. They serve as a warning on roads or public places. It’ sort of like “beware.” But now I can see another use for that signage. Caution of slippery politicians.
When a politician comes off looking slick or slippery look out — and he/she probably is. That sign may need to be applied at elections. Remember the infamous 5 o’clock shadow on Nixon, who was branded tricky Dick? It’s a visual that can turn people off.
A label as slickster can be hazardous to Republicans yet a ticket for success to Democrats. It’s attractive to Democrats. The minute someone appears as a slickster on the right, to a lot of people, it causes red flags and exodus. Dems can win with slippery like slick Willie, and hold them in high regard…. for as long as they can hold on to them.
So on a scale, who are the slicksters in this election? Without question, it would have to be Hillary on the Dem side. There could be a few on the Republican side. Christie seemed slick. Bush tries to be too slick. Some of it can be a character trait in politicians. Rubio can seem slick and even Cruz, to me, has an appearance of slick. Carly had a slick factor. Finally, there looks like some slickiness coming from Trump.
When faced with an attack or criticism, how slippery do they get? I think I’ll develop my own sliding slick scale. If we rate everything else about them, like honesty and credibility, then maybe we should rate that. A “caution: slippery zone” sign is warranted sometimes.
How about a hotline, should you encounter or spot one:
Dial 1- too-slik-4-me.
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