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October 14, 2005
By: Kevin Drum

NEEDED: A DEMOCRAT WITH GOOD PHONATION CONTROL....I've long had the vague thought that the key to being a popular actor or even just being popular and charismatic in general is voice control. If you can expertly (or instinctively) control pitch, timbre, speed, volume, and so forth, the world is your oyster.

Maybe that's true and maybe it's not, but Matt Yglesias channels Franz de Waal today to say that voice control does predict the winner of presidential elections. Apparently the key characteristic is something called "phonation," and if you can manage to look your opponent in the eye and make him change his phonation during a debate, you win! If you're the one who changes your phonation, you lose. More details here.

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