March 26, 2007, - 9:59 am

Quote of the Day & Mine: Salma Hayek, Fat Guys & The Presidency

By Debbie Schlussel
Republican political consultant Craig Shirley on a Newt Gingrich Presidential candidacy:

Among the 2008 GOP aspirants, he is probably the only one who knows the difference between Friedrich Hayek and Salma Hayek.

That’s true. I know Newt Gingrich, like his views, and I’d probably support him if he ran. But I don’t think he could ever win a race for the Presidency, for one reason–a reason which trumps his ability to distinguish between the famous Hayeks (one’s a famed free marketeer, the other a pregnant Latina actress):

Among the 2008 GOP aspirants, Newt Gingrich is the only one who now has more chins than he had marriages.

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Newt Gingrich is Reaching William Howard Taft-esque Proportions

Sorry, but Newt has gotten too fat and slovenly-looking. And contemporary America will never elect a fat President, no matter how smart, charismatic, and articulate he is.
I mean, you don’t exactly want a guy with his finger on the button, who has his other fingers wrapped around a drumstick. Unless one is disabled, fat and slovenly equals lack of discipline, which can translate into other things (like laziness vis-a-vis principles and standing tough). Regardless, looks do matter in politics. Just ask President Kennedy and all of the women who elected him.
Please Newt, get a personal trainer, fast.
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FYI, the fattest U.S. President was William Howard Taft, at 352 pounds (and 6 feet tall), and kept getting stuck in the White House bathtub (to the point where an extra large bathtub had to be installed).
But that was well before the era of telegenics. He’d never be elected now. (Chubby chasers aren’t exactly an important or influential voting bloc.) And, in fact, he spawned a whole genre of President Taft fat jokes.

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I would vote for a fat president, depending. I am tired of all these pres wannabees jogging, jogging, jogging. Jogging is bad for your joints and it doesn’t prevent you from dropping dead of a heart attack. These jogging candidates are doing it for PR purposes. Exercise at the gym or at home. Or play a sport. Don’t treat us to the sight of Jimmah shuffling/jogging with his maw hanging open drooling or Bill Clinton with his disgusting thighs. Yeecchh.
p.s. Salma Hayek is half Arab.
YOU HAVE A POINT. I’VE NEVER LIKED SEEING BUSH, CLINTON, THE FIRST BUSH, OR JIMMY CARTER EXERCISING. BUT YOU ALSO CAN’T TRUST A FAT, SLOVENLY PRESIDENT TO HAVE PROPER DISCIPLINE WHEN IT COMES TO THE IMPORTANT THINGS. AS FOR HAYEK, YES, HER GRANDFATHER IS LEBANESE, BUT SHE DOESN’T REALLY IDENTIFY WITH THAT TOO CLOSELY. AND I BELIEVE HE WAS A CHRISTIAN.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

lexi on March 26, 2007 at 10:55 am

Studies have been done on this, and Americans prefer TALLER presidents. Fortunately, Lincoln was tall and thin! A sure winner!
Maybe Newt should spend some time in California with the Governator?

barrypopik on March 26, 2007 at 1:49 pm

Newt is a fine pundit but is too toxic for America. Besides nobody named “Newt” or “Gingrich” will be elected President. The name sounds like a Dickenisan villain. Also Gingrich was made to look like a fool by Clinton during the government shutdown. Gingrich is a fine theoretician but was not a good Speaker of the House. As for the double chin – that comes with getting older.

Ripper on March 26, 2007 at 2:24 pm

Arnold Schwarzenegger for President.

the_don on March 26, 2007 at 2:55 pm

I wasn’t sure until I saw Michelle Malkin interview Newt. He made more sense in that one interview than every other candidate combined, and he won me over right there. I will vote for him if he runs. But I agree that it’s a pipe dream. Even if he loses weight, he’s just not well enough liked and respected by the American public, mostly thanks to our media.

Stealthkix on March 26, 2007 at 3:36 pm

Hello Debbie,
usually i agree with most of what you post here,
but not this time,
when you said:
” I mean, you don’t exactly want a guy with his finger on the button, who has his other fingers wrapped around a drumstick. Unless one is disabled, fat and slovenly equals lack of discipline, which can translate into other things (like laziness vis-a-vis principles and standing tough).”
This is an unfair generalization.
Many people become fat simply because of sedentary activity combined with the decreasing metabolism due to age, even though their food intake remains unchanged.
Some of these people spend much time reading, analyzing, learning, and are surprisingly disciplined and persevering in the intellectually demanding tasks that they set for themselves,
(even if they are of low calorie expenditure).
They may be quite skilled in analyzing critical information from many viewpoints, and may arrive at very well thought out and responsible decisions.
(Pavarotti is/was quite disciplined in his musical practice.)
In the absence of any information indicating that overweight persons have made morally questionable decisions because it conflicted with their bodily indulgences, it is unfair to say that
they might not be capable of standing tough on principle.
All things otherwise equal,
i’d prefer a grossly fat Ann Coulter
to a knockout thin Rosie O’Donnell,
anytime ! ;-)
( sincere apologies to Ann,
comparison invoked for illustrative purposes only ;-)))
exdemexlib

exdemexlib on March 26, 2007 at 3:56 pm

Like Winston, Newt is an intellectual, which may also be a drag on some American voters’s temperaments. But leadership counts, fat or no fat. People I think are too bug-eyed over “Is Newt gonna run?” or “Is Tancredo gonna run?” etc. Newt definitely deserves a prominent place in platform-hammering and policy-making. In the end that’s what matters.
Besides, didn’t John Goodman play the president in a late West Wing season? (I’ve only seen a few episodes of the series.)

Jeremiah on March 26, 2007 at 5:08 pm

“Exercise at the gym or at home. Or play a sport. Don’t treat us to the sight of Jimmah shuffling/jogging with his maw hanging open drooling or Bill Clinton with his disgusting thighs. Yeecchh.”
“YOU HAVE A POINT. I’VE NEVER LIKED SEEING BUSH, CLINTON, THE FIRST BUSH, OR JIMMY CARTER EXERCISING”
The solution? Dance Dance Revolution!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JzcqALklRs
I bet Newt can get in shape if he does some of what this kid does every day!

Dan on March 26, 2007 at 7:23 pm

I wouldn’t give a rat’s ass what condition Newt’s in as I know for fact his ideas and solutions would work. Haven’t we all had enough of Hollywood Bill, Riding George etc. and the likes? Did we care about Reagan’s exercise program? It’s time that the country grew up and vote using a thought process that equates intelligence with ideas rather than exercise and fitness. If our decision was based on athletics then we should have an Olympic competition.

warpmine on March 26, 2007 at 7:48 pm

I wouldn’t give a rat’s a$$ what condition Newt’s in as I know for fact his ideas and solutions would work. Haven’t we all had enough of Hollywood Bill, Riding George etc. and the likes? Did we care about Reagan’s exercise program? It’s time that the country grew up and vote using a thought process that equates intelligence with ideas rather than exercise and fitness. If our decision was based on athletics then we should have an Olympic competition.

warpmine on March 26, 2007 at 7:49 pm

You know Debbie, Newt was the obvious choice for me–and I was pressing this with my friends against the field of buffoons we have declared running so far—even though he wouldn’t say he was running,…………..that was
UNTIL I got wind of the crap he was pulling with his womanizing at the same time as he was leading charges to impeach Clinton over the Monica lies. What a crock. The man is brilliant except for one thing–he has this weakness for adultery. I suppose if he had not ever played the role of being the role model, I would allow for his sins–but to me NEWT IS DISQUALIFIED.
I’m sure the dems were waiting to let the little toxic monkey out of the bag in the last month–just to remind him why he would want to stay on the talk show circuit and not get into the arena again. Even Newt lost the 2008 election he could still articulate a strategy and a cause like no one could since Reagan. I always wondered why he went away like a (pu___) whipped puppy dog when he should have been leading. How pathetic. The loose zipper strikes again.

BB on March 26, 2007 at 10:16 pm

The problem with Newt Gringrich is the fat between his ears. He is just one more snake oil salesman, and we have enough of them already. The reason you can not obtain a high paying job is because you are stupid! There, the reason for the problem is not with the politicians, but the stupid electorate. Maybe you should take NewtÔø?s class at the University of Georgia in political flim-flam? The second part of his plan is to transfer billions of dollars from the treasury to his friends in the education racket. You are interested in learning about heating and air conditioning. There are no jobs in science or engineering. Why do you think everyone wants stem cell research funded. But, before heating and air conditioning you must first pass the required course in Zen Buddhism. No one knows what the class is about, but the professor gets $100,000 a year and thatÔø?s more than youÔø?ll ever earn in heating and air conditioning so it must be important.

Burt on March 27, 2007 at 5:29 am

How can conservatives support for a man who has left one wife while she was undergoing treatement for cancer, and while in the midst of heading an impeachment proceeding of a sitting President is carrying on his own illicit affair…but never reveals that until he has stuck his moist finger in the air of the 2008 Presidential elections to see if the wind is blowing his way? I would acknowledge that Newt Gingrich is a brilliant man….but if conservatives are going to make issue with Clinton’s lack of ethics and the fact that he has made philandering a religion, and question whether John Edwards has any character because he can put his own campaign ahead of even his wife’s life threatening disease; how can ANY conservative shut their eyes to Newt Gingrich’s lack of character. Because he is smarter than Clinton? Because his positions on issues are correct?
Sorry, if conservatives would nominate Newt, I will have to find a comfortable write-in. Conservatives have no more room for hypocrisy than our leftists comrades. Character counts, and this guy doesn’t make the grade!

chucker on March 27, 2007 at 8:14 am

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