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  •  Christie can be Prez, no one is adding lines... (7+ / 0-)

    to the constitution.

    His health, both mental and physical IS is fair game for consideration by the voters.  Full stop.

     

    •  We' ve already had one obese president (5+ / 0-)
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      ybruti, LordMike, DvCM, native, Paulie200

      Taft:
       

      He weighed 335-340 pounds when he left the White House

      Happy just to be alive

      by exlrrp on Sun Feb 10, 2013 at 04:43:48 AM PST

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    •  Fair Game? So what happens if he is fat, and his (2+ / 0-)
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      stats are well within normal, healthy standards?

      Will he then have to go to the "Sudden Death" Round and be in the two piece swimsuit competition with his adversary?

      •  ANYTHING and EVERYTHING is fair game to voters. (7+ / 0-)

        If voters don't like the color of his tie, they can base their votes on that.

        This whole melodrama about people pointing out that he is morbidly obese has been correctly pointed out to have nothing to do with any actual Constitutional requirements.

        Voters will decide his fitness for the job based on anything they feel like.  No one has told him 'You can't be President because you're too fat', and no one (apart from you) has suggested a swimsuit competition, but even if they did, voters would be just as legally allowed to vote based on that it they felt the need to.

        Hell, most voters already vote based upon propaganda anyway.

        •  How many people didn't vote for Obama... (2+ / 0-)
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          ...simply because he's black?  I know dozens of normally good Dem voters who just couldn't cross that bridge.  They admit it outright, and are ashamed about it (somewhat), but they voted for McCain and Romney, hoping that they "might not be so bad."

          Everything is fair game in the voting booth, and every prejudice rules.  There will be many people who will not vote for Christie simply because he's fat.  They may even admit it outright.  There's nothing you can do about that.  It's a secret ballot, and people can so whatever they want.  I bet a lot of people voted for Scott Brown in MA 'cos they thought he was good looking and that was enough for them.

          Everything is fair game in an election, looks most of all.  Yes, it's unfair.  But, you can't force someone to have a conscience in the voting booth.  They can do whatever they want there.  That's the price of freedom.

          GODSPEED TO THE WISCONSIN FOURTEEN!

          by LordMike on Sun Feb 10, 2013 at 07:51:46 AM PST

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      •  because everything is normal right up until (2+ / 0-)
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        it isn't.

        sadly that fools a lot of fat people (including me) into thinking that they need not worry about their future health because their present health is good.

        there are lots of other health problems that work the same way, but they are not visible to the eye.  that's why evaluating the health of presidential candidates is a big deal now.

        Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
        Drop by The Grieving Room on Monday nights for support in dealing with grief.

        by TrueBlueMajority on Sun Feb 10, 2013 at 08:30:07 AM PST

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