Alex Massie

Fatso for President

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Matt Yglesias alerts one to the latest nonsense in the Presidential campaign. This time the guilty party is the Wall Street Journal:

"But 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."

It's bad enough that any poor hack should have to churn out this guff but it verges on criminal that an editor would publish it.

I was going to say that this must prove that the Silly Season is upon us, then I remembered that the Silly Season, at least on the campaign trail, never ends.

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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