October 12, 2009, - 5:32 pm
If I lived and was registered to vote in New Jersey, I’d definitely vote for Chris Christie over shameless uber-liberal Governor Jon Corzine in the gubernatorial race, even if Christie really isn’t the ideal, perfect candidate.
One of those imperfections is his girth. Christie is, to put it bluntly, fat. And not just slightly chubby. He’s chunky, BIG-time. And his bald opponent, Corzine, has made an issue of it. Here’s the ad.
As I’ve noted before, when I see someone that overweight, I see someone who’s lazy, sloppy, and undisciplined. It’s like, how did you let yourself go that much? And if you don’t care enough about yourself to curb that, how do we know you’ll care much about taxpayers? Or, on the flip side, it could mean you are so dedicated to your job and the people, you haven’t made the time to keep fit and watch your caloric intake. It can go both ways.
In contrast, as I’ve noted before on this site, we now have the most fitness-obsessed couple in the White House. They’re probably the most physically fit Mr. and Mrs. in the White House ever. And look at the results–the worst President since Jimmy Carter (and he’ll soon surpass that), and the most arrogant, smug, lording-it-over-you First Lady ever. If weight/fitness and fitness for office had a correlation, I’d say the Obamas prove we need a fat guy who is married to the fruit of his chubby chasing occupying the Oval Office. And there’ve been other recent fitness-obsessed White House occupants who stank. George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, and Jimmy Carter were all big on running, with the younger Bush pursuing biking when his docs told him he could no longer run. And don’t forget Bill Clinton who jogged . . . to the next Egg McMuffin and Big Mac. I’ve written a lot about how the most fitness-obsessed politicians weren’t exactly the greatest.
Here in Michigan, we had three terms of a disgustingly, morbidly obese liberal Republican as Governor, John Engler. This man was a pig. His wife had triplets, but it looked like he was the one who was having three babies. And it still looks like it. A grotesque vision, he was as wide as he was tall. Engler raised the gas tax and didn’t do much for Michigan. But he lucked out in heading Michigan at a good time.
Now, we have thin as a rail liberal Democrat Jennifer Granholm, who is an avid runner. And Michigan is in the worst economic depression since the Depression. Ms. Thang has made matters worse by raising taxes, spending like crazy, and expanding Michigan government by leaps and bounds.
I’ve learned that while I can’t respect a really fat person, I can live with voting for them and it won’t have bearing on their personal performance, though they could die in office. I did not, however, ever vote for the phony Engler. I had to throw away my vote and cast it for the Libertarian. Not because he was huger than huge and the Chief of Corpulence, but because I knew the guy, he was a phony, a liberal, and a jerk. And I didn’t trust him.
So, is the ad against Chris Christie fair? Is his weight fair game? Or is it hitting below the belt (even if Christie’s girth hits at all points above, below, and behind his belt)? If I were the Republican and the Democrat was quite fat, yes, I’d make it an issue, in probably the same way that the Corzine team is doing. All is fair in love, war, and political campaigns . . . if you want to win.
Americans won’t vote for a fat guy for President (the last fattie they chose was William Howard Taft–the fattest President ever at 340 pounds on a 5’11” frame–and that was before the era of TV and photogenics). And, like me, they tend to look down and the calorically gifted . . . or is that, “differently digestive”?
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