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Memo to Biden: Don't Let Your Head Steal Your Heart's Best Blood

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There are times, when, as Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. said, “the brain runs away with the heart's best blood.”  That will be Joe Biden’s biggest problem. When it comes to where they aim their talk, Joe Biden is all head and Sarah Palin is all heart.

When it comes to a choice between heart or head, the American public will always choose heart.  Biden is a guy with a lot of heart. The problem is, his head AND MOUTH too often run away with his heart’s best blood. If he lets that happen, Sarah Palin will crush him in the debate—maybe not in answers to questions or in proving who knows more. But she’ll touch viewers’ hearts.  If Joe can do the same or neutralize her, then he’ll have done his job.

Just to be perfectly clear. Biden cannot win this by showing off his intelligence or knowledge. He has to out-heart her or neutralize her heart “power.”. That’s a very tough challenge for a guy, even tougher for a guy who is so strong in the head going up against a woman who is head impaired and thus heart over-compensated.

I’m not sure Biden can win in a heart on heart contest with Palin.  But he has stories that are very touching and he should work them, just as hard as McCain uses his prisoner of war story ad-nauseum. And Biden may be able to neutralize her by predicting her trademark debate behavior—short, fluff, repetitive evasive answers that are cute and charming.  Maybe, when Palin makes a cute joke about a serious question, Biden can make a comment like, “Gee, I’ll bet Vladimir Putin would just change his mind and suddenly agree with you if you answered him with such an authoritative response.

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If I were Joe Biden, I’d start off by saying something like, “My goal tonight is to give you, the people of America clear, straight answers—straight talk and I assume my opponent is intending to the same.  That means no general, vague answers, not long-winded stories to kill time. And if I don’t know something, I’ll tell you.”

Then, when she falls back to her lame, generalized, deer-in-the-headlights answer, Biden can ask, “Was that your  clear, straight talk answer?”

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Now the question is, should he tell it like it is and also say, “Gee that was perky.” I’ll bet  Nikolas Sarkozy might appreciate it.?   Anyone think she’ll have a clue what country Sarkozy leads (It’s France.)

Of course, if Biden decides to get a bit snarky, he risks offending some Palin women.  I’m  not sure though that this is as big a risk as it was even a week ago, before the Cathy  Couric debate.  Her positives have dropped, negatives have grown and people are taking very seriously the possibility that John McCain chose a VP who is totally unprepared to… well, leave Alaska.

One thing’s clear. Biden is unfamiliar territory and he probably needed more prep than Sarah Palin. She’s been BSing people in debates and interviews for years. The question is, will the American people buy it?


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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites,

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 


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