Friday, August 01, 2008

More parody-proof stupid

MoDo-ism sprouts at the WSJ:

Too Fit to Be President?

Facing an Overweight Electorate,
Barack Obama Might Find
Low Body Fat a Drawback


The candidate has been criticized by opponents for appearing elitist or out of touch with average Americans. A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll conducted in July shows Sen. Obama still lags behind Republican John McCain among white men and suburban women who say they can't relate to his background or perceived values.

"He's too new ... and he needs to put some meat on his bones," says Diana Koenig, 42, a housewife in Corpus Christi, Texas, who says she voted for Sen. Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary.

"I won't vote for any beanpole guy," another Clinton supporter wrote last week on a Yahoo politics message board.

I am beginning to think that the aversion to substance among our media gods is more than just
an allergy. It is starting to look more like a full-blown phobia. "Don't for the guy because he's too skinny" -- I'm sorry, but my reservoir of ridicule has run just about dry. Anti-fitness identity politics -- who knew?

But it shouldn't stop there. Where are the articles quoting anonymous Alzheimer's people (unnamed because they don't remember them) who won't vote for anyone without major cognitive deficits? Melanoma survivors hostile to the melatonin-advantaged? And, most importantly, the Anti-Toastmasters of America, who would never vote for a guy who can deliver a speech. C'mon, guys ... there's lots more where this came from.

Update: Oh, this is rich. Turns out the basis for this journalistic malpractice is borderline sockpuppetry.


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