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Fat politics

- August 1, 2008

From Amy Chozick in the Wall Street Journal (link from Krugman):

In a nation in which 66% of the voting-age population is overweight and 32% is obese, could Sen. Obama’s skinniness be a liability? Despite his visits to waffle houses, ice-cream parlors and greasy-spoon diners around the country, his slim physique just might have some Americans wondering whether he is truly like them.

From Michael Finnegan in the LA Times:

The margin (Poizner beat the Democrat, 51% to 39%, with more than 10% favoring other candidates) suggests that Bustamante’s TV ads highlighting the rotund lieutenant governor’s weight loss failed to build voter confidence in his qualifications to regulate insurers.

Too many column inches to fill, I guess . . .