Yeah, the left is worried. They held the reigns of congressional spending for 7 of the last worst spending years, caused an economic implosion after their various schemes to make palatable the shit sandwich that their ideologically motivated government mandate to force lenders to give money to high risk people to buy homes came crashing down – but albeit successfully used the media to convince people to a large degree to blame Bush, whom granted, didn’t do enough to derail that freight train going off a cliff when he could but warned us of the coming disaster only to be labeled a racist for doing so, for that economic disaster – threw massive amounts of money into a pit, well at their donors, friends, lobbyist groups, corporate buddies, and of course their own campaign coffers, declined to pass a spending bill in order to mitigate the backlash sure to follow in the 2010 election, and left us still unable to get that done, and have been running annual deficits between 1.5 and 2 trillion dollars, just to name a few things. But they are not stopping there. Now they are playing a game of chicken with the other side in a political maneuver they hope will let them both score cheap points and finally straddle job creators and other in the productive sector with yet another punitive levy on their wealth production, in order to keep spending like drunken sailors. And as a consequence of all that enlightened left wing politicos and economics, with the 2010 elections indicating the direction things are going in, the prospects of another humiliating defeat at the polls in 2012 seem to be all but given.
And that’s why you are seeing hit pieces like this one from the LA Times which is obsessing over how good one of the most promising republican candidates “looks”.
To be president, do you have to look presidential?
And if so, does that mean Chris Christie should forget about a run for the Oval Office?
New Jersey’s governor, considered a rising star in the Republican Party, was hospitalized Thursday after having trouble breathing (he suffers from asthma), The Times reported. The story takes note of Christie’s weight issues:
The governor has acknowledged leading an unhealthy lifestyle. In a recent interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan, Christie said he feels “guilty” about his weight.
“I’m really struggling, been struggling for a long time with it, and I know that it would be better for my kids if I got it more under control. And so I do feel a sense of guilt at times about that,” he said.
Presidential image control is nothing new. As a candidate, Barack Obama took pains to downplay the fact he was a smoker. Bill Clinton, an admitted fast-food junkie, tried to tone down his late-night McDonald’s runs. George W. Bush was an avid runner; his dad, George H.W., still skydives on his birthday. Ronald Reagan beat back questions about his age by happily clearing brush on his Santa Barbara ranch. John Kennedy famously hid serious health problems. And, of course, Franklin Roosevelt mostly managed to avoid public scrutiny of the fact that polio left him unable to walk.
The guy is obese! Unhealthy! Who wants a fat guy for president huh? We would much rather have a good looking fast talking used car salesman or a nice looking community organizer for president. After all, looks are more important than policies it seems according to these LA Times writers:
So Republicans (and others) may like Christie’s politics. And the good folks of New Jersey elected him governor.
But is America ready for a president who, frankly, doesn’t look healthy? Or, given that more and more Americans are themselves obese, would Christie’s weight not be an issue?
What do you think? Take our (unscientific, informal) poll:
I took the poll, simply because these people need some perspective. At the time I did the results looked like this:
I am glad to see that the majority of people are smart enough to not let the LA Times “high school clique” politics and these collectivist twits idiotic looks over substance beliefs distract them from something as important as getting rid of the left’s current disastrous policies in favor of some like the ones implemented by Christies, whose policies and economic agenda grounded in reality. Maybe they need to run a poll next on whether Steven Hawkins, whom is wheel chair bound, should be taken seriously as a scientist, since he is you know, a cripple and all that.
Seriously, these people are the ones in charge. Are you frightened yet?