A firm, friendly handshake with good eye contact shows self-confidence. And far more than you realize, you unconsciously judge others by the way they shake your hand.
The fact that candidate favorability is somewhat stable during the primary process doesn't mean it's ultimately a significant predictor of the general election outcome.
It's true that the current GOP presidential field lacks a widely praised figure who is held in esteem by both Democrats and Republicans. It's not clear, however, that the absence of such a figure will matter.
A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll conducted January 14-16 finds that perceptions of Palin have declined significantly since October.