This is just too fucking much. Via Shakesville: the piece of elitist trash commonly known as the Wall Street Journal runs an article suggesting that Americans won’t vote for Obama because we’re so fat and he’s so skinny. No, really. The level of fatuousness must be read to be believed. Is this really what passes for political analysis in the WSJ?
Food faux pas have plagued presidential candidates in the past. On a 1976 visit to Texas, Gerald Ford bit into a tamale with the corn husk still on. He lost the election to Jimmy Carter. In 2003, Mass. Sen. John Kerry was labeled effete when he ordered a Philly cheesesteak with Swiss instead of the usual Cheez Whiz topping.
Yes, John Kerry totally lost the 2004 election because he was too much of a pussy to eat Cheez Whiz.
The last overweight president to be elected was 335-pound William Howard Taft in 1908.
Actually, you lazy never-heard-of-fact-checking assholes, according to your own disgustingly objectifying graphic, that’s not true at all.
At 5’11” and 190 pounds — i.e., a BMI of 26.5 — the last overweight president to be elected is none other than George W. Bush.
ETA: Check out No More Mister Nice Blog for even more evidence of the astounding incompetence of the reporting here:
And now we get to see what separates the rest of us from Real Professional Journalists. Chozick writes:
“I won’t vote for any beanpole guy,” [a] Clinton supporter wrote last week on a Yahoo politics message board.
What Chozick doesn’t tell you is that this wasn’t a spontaneous online expression of anti-thinness contempt — a couple of weeks ago, Chozick herself started the thread in which that message appeared.
The rest of the article? McCain campaign talking points.