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Mocking a candidate for being fat

Now, all is fair in love and politics, but Americans should think carefully before extending the anti-fat mania to state and national government, said Gail Collins <em>The New York Times.</em>

Gail CollinsThe New York Times

Is it “fair for a politician to point out that his opponent is fat”? asked Gail Collins. New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine is doing just that in campaign ads attacking his opponent, Republican Chris Christie. The ads show the corpulent Christie getting out of a car in slow motion, his belly spilling over his belt, along with unflattering close-up views of his jowls and double chin.

Now, all is fair in love and politics, but Americans should think carefully before extending the anti-fat mania to state and national government. In most state capitols, “people who have most of their teeth and some of their hair can count on feeling pretty darned attractive.” Why discourage all those fine public servants by mocking a few dozen extra pounds? May I also point out that George W. Bush was maniacally fit, spending more time jogging and bicycling than he did at his desk—and how did that work out? 

Besides, given the rising percentage of Americans succumbing to obesity, “pretty soon there are going to be only six people in each state who are qualified to run” for office. As for the presidency, it “may have to become a monarchy.”

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