Melissa (dreadfulpenny81) wrote in talk_politics,

Politics: A Weighty Issue?

During an interview on Thursday, Chris Matthews made comments about Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie:
“Just because Haley Barbour weighs too much...Chris Christie is moon over New Jersey, he should not wear white shirts, I tell you that….I saw him the other day and I was amazed by it, he must be 300 plus, and that’s something he’s just gotta deal with because you’re not going to say, ‘I’m going to cut the budget,’ well, how about starting with supper? Because he just doesn't seem credible as a guy who's gonna be disciplined.”

A pointless attack by a not-so-svelt commentator, but certainly not the first attack on weight in politics.

In March 2009, Laurah Ingraham attacked Meghan McCain for her weight, then denied it and basically said that Meghan should "toughen up".

When history has had people like Winston Churchill - one of the greatest political orators of our time and by no means a thin man - make such an impact, why is weight in politics an issue that's given even a moment's pause?

(Mods, if we're gonna have a Fox News tag, can we also get one for MSNBC, please?)

Added (12/14/10): Here's the audio clip of Matthews' remarks (via YouTube) [Video]
Tags: left wing, media, opinion, society
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