And quite right, too.
Look, William Howard Taft was fine. (In fact, one upside of Christie’s increased national profile is that we get to talk about the Taft presidency more.)
Besides, there is good precedent for larger-than-life politicians. As Caesar says in “Julius Caesar,” “Let me have men about me who are fat.” Skinny people are dangerous, Caesar said. But too many of our modern politicians have what Caesar would have characterized as a “lean and hungry look,” or, just as alarmingly, a P-90X Level Fit look. It is these lean people who are determining what health care is going to look like for the rest of us; who are urging our children to move more; and who are setting fashions too small for much of the population to squeeze into.
Why not get someone who looks like America? It’s the presidency, not a theme park ride, for crying out loud. He’ll have his own airplane, so seat size won’t be a question. Besides, it’s not the size of a candidate’s waistline but the size of his ideas that matters. I doubt he’d even need to use the Taft four-man bathtub.
Frankly, a bigger obstacle to his campaign right now might be his enthusiastic embrace of President Obama, a thin man.