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Does winning the popular vote make me look fat?

I - against my better judgment - watched the entire Academy Awards last month, and all I could think, besides "It's only a matter of time before a J. Hud nip slip" and “do interpretive dancers who form shadow penguins at large award shows get health insurance?” was "Al Gore is fat."  Yes.  It’s the inconvenient truth.  (Sorry, make a movie with that title, and writers feel the inexplicable need to make a pun out of it Every. Single. Time.)

Anyway, the Gorester is chubs, and people are starting to talk.  It’s not quite Tyra-Banks-Oh-no-you-did-NOT-just-call-me-Fat-on-the-cover-of-US-Weekly talk, but it's there.  In fact, the Chicago Trib just ran a POLL on it:

With the accompanying text:

Many people have noticed that the former vice president has grown rather beefy. He’s become a bigger man, perhaps in more ways than one. [ed note: LOL. Not.] … Gore’s added heft would make him a less attractive presidential candidate should he decide to run. The theory is that Gore would lose votes because his size is a turn-off--some sort of symbolic sign of decadence, complacency, bad diet, whatever.
Um … decadence?

And because it’s easy to pile on poor Al, Pat Buchanan (well-known for his svelte, manly bod) insulted him on MSNBC’s Scarborough Country for being “40 pounds overweight for spring training” then compared him to a football player “waddling onto the field” who’s “been eating all winter, it’s hellish.”

“He’s got to lose that,” he concluded.

Can’t wait for the Buchanan “Lose to Win” exercise DVDs.  Watch out Jane Fonda.  And, er … Dr. Phil.

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