Could the weight loss backfire on Christie in 2016?

posted at 8:01 pm on May 7, 2013 by Allahpundit

From a health standpoint, he’s got every reason in the world to drop the weight. From a political standpoint, though? Nonsense, says Harry Enten, and I agree. Christie’s 2016 problem isn’t that he’s “husky,” it’s that he’s a gun-grabbing, Medicaid-expanding, Obama-hugging believer in man-made global warming who, by his own admission, agrees with Andrew Cuomo on 98 percent of the issues. He can shed 200 lbs. but how’s he going to shed the RINO label?

He’s been mentioned, almost always in approving terms, in more than 500 episodes of “Morning Joe” since 2009. No medicine known to man can cure a case of RINO-itis that severe, my friends.

A 2010 University of Missouri-Kansas City study looked at how people reacted to pictures of a potential candidate of normal weight. This control group was compared to other respondents who were shown pictures of the same candidate, except the candidate’s picture was morphed to be obese. Everything else about the candidate including political affiliation, views, and background remained the same.

And did the candidate’s weight make a difference? If the candidate was female, extra weight was a small negative. That concurs with a survey this year by Lake Research that found the mere mention of a woman candidate’s physical appearance hurt them. This was especially the case when the appearance coverage was unflattering.

For men, however, the 2010 University of Missouri study found that being obese was not a negative. It was actually a large positive! Respondents were over 20 points more likely to have a warmer feeling towards the same male candidate if he were obese than if were skinny. The obese candidate was 10% better liked than if he were skinny. The obese candidate was also thought to be more intelligent than the skinny one.

That’s Enten, who points to polls showing that people tend to sympathize with Christie by finding jokes about his weight in bad taste and who notes that, after all, the guy already got elected despite his girth in a blue state running as a Republican. Obviously it’s not a dealbreaker, at least at the gubernatorial level. And it helps Christie that he defies the nastiest stereotypes of the obese, that they’re lazy, socially awkward, etc. The chief asset from his weight, I’ve always thought, is that it boosts his perceived authenticity. If you’re a low-information Republican voter looking for a candidate in 2016 and you’re not into Rand Paul for whatever reason, you’ll have a bunch of slick young pols to choose from — Rubio, Jindal, maybe Cruz, maybe Ryan — plus a big brash guy who looks and sounds nothing like any other major American politician on the landscape. He looks and sounds like some sort of coach or a co-worker known for not taking any BS from people. He’s pure poison to conservatives at this point, but if you’re a casual voter who’s less interested in ideology than in voting for someone who won’t be “politics as usual,” the big confrontational no-nonsense guy who looks like a lost extra from the SNL “Da Bears” skit might appeal to you. He’d still retain some of that vibe without the weight, but it wouldn’t be the same.

Or maybe I have it all wrong. Maybe the weight, or weight loss, isn’t his problem but rather the fact that he’s putting out that brash, confrontational, New York-y vibe in the first place. Philip Klein:

When Rudy Giuliani ran for president, his post-Sept. 11 rock star status faded over the course of the GOP primary. No doubt, he had a lot of problems that have been well reported, such as his liberal views on social issues, his messy personal life and his poorly managed campaign. But one thing I kept running into among voters in early states when covering the campaign was that his background as a New Yorker was a real turnoff and made voters view him as rude and somehow shady. As somebody who grew up in the New York/New Jersey area, I underestimated how repellant it could be. Christie has developed a national following for the YouTube clips of his epic confrontations with his adversaries. On the campaign trail with Mitt Romney around Iowa and New Hampshire during the 2012 primary season, Christie would be brought on the stage for a few minutes to do his New Jersey tough guy shtick. But I wondered at the time, and still wonder, whether the act would wear thin over the course of a long campaign.

“America’s Mayor,” who only ran for president in the first place because everyone loved him as a spokesman for New York after 9/11, was DOA in the primaries because he was … too much of a New Yorker? Good lord. Note to Christie: After you’re done dropping the fat, drop the accent too. Lucky for me that my blog posts are read rather than listened to or else I’d be disdained as an even shadier RINO candy-ass than I already am.

Klein notes, incidentally, that dropping the weight is a big help to Christie if only in that he’ll be better equipped physically to handle the rigors of campaigning for months and months on end. Undeniably true; that’s the trade-off in losing “authenticity.” Exit question: If Christie had the surgery on February 16, why’d he throw a fit eight days earlier when a former White House doctor politely noted that carrying around an extra hundred pounds or two wasn’t a smart health move?


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FATSO!

KOOLAID2 on May 7, 2013 at 8:01 PM

msdnc LOVES christie…calls him the popular governor (yeah, in their bubble)

cmsinaz on May 7, 2013 at 8:03 PM

I don’t car about his weight. I do care that he is a RINO who virtually handed victory to Barack Obama.

maddmatt on May 7, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Could the weight loss backfire on Christie in 2016?

Sheesh…can’t believe this is a big news story.

Don’t care about his weight-don’t believe in making fun of other people’s bodies…not how I was raised.

I just don’t care for him politically.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 7, 2013 at 8:08 PM

It’s his personality.

When someone is that obese, if there are no underlying physical reasons, then there are some emotional reasons fueling his food addiction. A lap band won’t solve it. They’ll just be displaced to another area of his life.

INC on May 7, 2013 at 8:09 PM

Yawn, Who???

OmahaConservative on May 7, 2013 at 8:09 PM

I’m sure Mika still won’t vote for the Fat Man.

Lance Murdock on May 7, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Could the weight loss backfire on Christie in 2016?

Who knows.
But..
Christy can get closer to Bruce Springsteen.

Maybe close enough for a kiss.

Electrongod on May 7, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Christie’s 2016 problem isn’t that he’s “husky,” it’s that he’s a gun-grabbing, Medicaid-expanding, Obama-hugging believer in man-made global warming who, by his own admission, agrees with Andrew Cuomo on 98 percent of the issues. He can shed 200 lbs. but how’s he going to shed the RINO label?

He can’t shed the RINO label because he is one. He needs to embrace that. Continue to flirt with the rat-eared coward . Show up with the despicable shaved Yeti at “let’s move!” events. Become the best damn Governor of NJ he can be because he will not win the hearts and minds of Republicans.

Happy Nomad on May 7, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Eff Off, Chris Christie.

ladyingray on May 7, 2013 at 8:11 PM

If he had dieted and worked out to lose weight, it would have been admirable. Instead, the guy admits he has no willpower and no self control and had to sequester his gut.

myrenovations on May 7, 2013 at 8:12 PM

I thought we couldn’t call people fat anymore?

‘Density Challenged’ – isn’t that the propose Newspeak term?

catmman on May 7, 2013 at 8:13 PM

‘Density Challenged’ – isn’t that the propose Newspeak term?

catmman on May 7, 2013 at 8:13 PM

Self Gravity.

Electrongod on May 7, 2013 at 8:14 PM

I don’t care about his weight. I do care that he is a RINO who virtually handed victory to Barack Obama.

maddmatt on May 7, 2013 at 8:05 PM

The part that makes me convinced I could never vote for the bastard is that he was on that beach practically french kissing the rat-eared coward and definitely endorsing him for a second term.

And then he turns around and gets mad that Republicans are “critical.” Eff him. He is a worthless traitor who, at best, adds an R to the number of GOP governors.

Happy Nomad on May 7, 2013 at 8:15 PM

He is dead to me.

Curtiss on May 7, 2013 at 8:17 PM

If he had dieted and worked out to lose weight, it would have been admirable. Instead, the guy admits he has no willpower and no self control and had to sequester his gut.

myrenovations on May 7, 2013 at 8:12 PM

That is not entirely fair. But there is no evidence that Christie actually tried to diet or exercise either. You can only burn so many calories yelling at people and letting the inner angry person to the surface of the jolly fat guy.

Happy Nomad on May 7, 2013 at 8:17 PM

Don’t care if he is a porker.
A Lib in a red elephant suit..yeah.

bazil9 on May 7, 2013 at 8:22 PM

He does have gravitas.

msupertas on May 7, 2013 at 8:24 PM

For men, however, the 2010 University of Missouri study found that being obese was not a negative. It was actually a large positive! Respondents were over 20 points more likely to have a warmer feeling towards the same male candidate if he were obese than if were skinny. The obese candidate was 10% better liked than if he were skinny. The obese candidate was also thought to be more intelligent than the skinny one.

Missouri has a university?

And they elected Senator McCaskill?

IlikedAUH2O on May 7, 2013 at 8:29 PM

He’s going to switch parties and run as a Donk.

He needs the low-info vote, so what better way than a tummy tuck?

Bruno Strozek on May 7, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Christie’s 2016 problem isn’t that he’s “husky,” it’s that he’s a gun-grabbing, Medicaid-expanding, Obama-hugging believer in man-made global warming who, by his own admission, agrees with Andrew Cuomo on 98 percent of the issues.

Exactly why I would not vote for him in the primaries.

sage0925 on May 7, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Go ahead and nominate him in 2016, GOP. I dare ya! If Christie gets the party’s nod, I won’t be voting for president in that election. That’ll be the first time in my more than half-century life. I am very serious about using my right to vote. I always vote. I always hold my nose and step up for whichever spineless weathervane the party nominates. But there is no way on God’s green earth that putrid pile of Obama-hugging liberal puss will get my hand on the lever. No way in hell. Really, GOP. I wouldn’t go there.

Rational Thought on May 7, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Happy Nomad on May 7, 2013 at 8:15 PM

Amen. I have more respect for a straight D than some of the R’s we have been putting at the top.

IlikedAUH2O on May 7, 2013 at 8:31 PM

Who invited him to speak at the Reagan Library?

tom daschle concerned on May 7, 2013 at 8:35 PM

The sad part of this story is that Christie has reportedly already lost 40 pounds.

And nobody noticed.

AZCoyote on May 7, 2013 at 8:37 PM

AZCoyote on May 7, 2013 at 8:37 PM

Lol, I was gonna ask how and where from and stuff… thanks, now I don’t need to!

Scrumpy on May 7, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Once a Fat Pig! ALWAYS…A FAT F’N PIG! his piece of shitzz is a GIANT piece of Shitzz!

Tbone McGraw on May 7, 2013 at 8:39 PM

“I thought we couldn’t call people fat anymore?”

He’s still a registered Republican, so you can call him fat.

NCC on May 7, 2013 at 8:42 PM

The obvious slogan is “Cut the Fat!”, except that we were watching Gov. Christie when that issue WAS the issue on Sandy relief.

CitizenEgg on May 7, 2013 at 8:45 PM

It’s not fair to call it “weight-loss” when you get the fat sucked out of you by a tube. It couldn’t possibly hurt Christie’s chances any more than he himself has, unless he chose Huckabee- another “fat-tuber”.

For any future fat-sucking tube operations, I would recommend Christie have them performed by “Dr” Kermit Gosnell.

sartana on May 7, 2013 at 8:46 PM

The sad part of this story is that Christie has reportedly already lost 40 pounds.

And nobody noticed.

AZCoyote on May 7, 2013 at 8:37 PM

Christie’s weight can probably vary that much through a day, like yours and mine can vary 2 lbs. His morning dump is probably 20 lbs alone.

slickwillie2001 on May 7, 2013 at 8:50 PM

I am happy for him that he chose to take a step to deal with his weight. His family will reap the benefits of that.
As for 2016. No. Stay in NJ please.

can_con on May 7, 2013 at 8:51 PM

Da Bears! Thanks AP, you brought back some fond memories with that one.

can_con on May 7, 2013 at 8:57 PM

And they elected Senator McCaskill?

St Louis and KC elected that loser

booger71 on May 7, 2013 at 9:04 PM

msdnc LOVES christie…calls him the popular governor (yeah, in their bubble)

cmsinaz on May 7, 2013 at 8:03 PM

That tells you all you need to know right there. They loved them some McCain and Romney too. Until they became the candidate, then they were the devil incarnate.

AZfederalist on May 7, 2013 at 9:11 PM

He could slim down to Chuck Heston trim, he ain’t gettin’ any Conservative votes.

He could slim down to Jane Fu**in’ Fonda, he ain’t gettin’ any Liberal votes.

If he really wants to go national … well, he might as well roadie for Bruce Springsteen.

M240H on May 7, 2013 at 9:17 PM

meh

ctmom on May 7, 2013 at 9:19 PM

Christie being Christie should backfire on him. I won’t vote should he be the nominee.

jawkneemusic on May 7, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Eh, he’ll always be fat to me.

ElectricPhase on May 7, 2013 at 9:37 PM

For men, however, the 2010 University of Missouri study found that being obese was not a negative. It was actually a large positive! Respondents were over 20 points more likely to have a warmer feeling towards the same male candidate if he were obese than if were skinny. The obese candidate was 10% better liked than if he were skinny.

Let me have men about me that are fat:
Sleek-headed men, and such as sleep a-nights.
Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look.
He thinks too much. Such men are dangerous.

Tzetzes on May 7, 2013 at 9:50 PM

BFD….I still won’t vote for him-

hawkman on May 7, 2013 at 10:08 PM

I don’t even want to discuss another Northeastern Republican, let alone one with Gov. Christie’s views. And what the firetruck is wrong with Ann Coulter?

Cindy Munford on May 7, 2013 at 10:09 PM

I see Mark Levin’s audience is populating the comment section again. Plus, moron Cindy Munford, there’s literally millions of “Northeastern” Republicans and Conservatives. It’s fairly stupid to marginalize people who agree with you 90 percent of the time. Then again, you’re no MENSA member.

AYNBLAND on May 7, 2013 at 10:29 PM

I see Mark Levin’s audience is populating the comment section again. Plus, moron Cindy Munford, there’s literally millions of “Northeastern” Republicans and Conservatives. It’s fairly stupid to marginalize people who agree with you 90 percent of the time. Then again, you’re no MENSA member.

AYNBLAND on May 7, 2013 at 10:29 PM

What does Christie being a gun grabber and expanding Medicaid under ObamaCare have to do with Levin? He doesn’t agree with us on 90% of the issues, if he did he would be governor of a failed leftist state.

jawkneemusic on May 7, 2013 at 10:34 PM

Don’t care if he is a porker.
A Lib in a red elephant suit..yeah.

bazil9 on May 7, 2013 at 8:22 PM

Now just because Christie is a corpulent, gluttonous, morbidly obese, barge load of gelatinous gunk is no reason to be mean and call him an elephant.

SparkPlug on May 7, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Im in Jersey and I will absolutely never vote for this guy again for ANY office.

lostinjrz on May 7, 2013 at 10:39 PM

What does Christie being a gun grabber and expanding Medicaid under ObamaCare have to do with Levin? He doesn’t agree with us on 90% of the issues, if he did he would be governor of a failed leftist state.

jawkneemusic on May 7, 2013 at 10:34 PM

A gun grabber? Who do you think runs the legislature in NJ. Plus, Kasich took the ACA money, is he a RINO? Yeah, you probably think he is. You’re as brainwashed as a Daily Kos kid. Reagan would have been a RINO to you talk radio sycophants

AYNBLAND on May 7, 2013 at 10:40 PM

Missouri has a university?

And they elected Senator McCaskill?

IlikedAUH2O on May 7, 2013 at 8:29 PM

Suck it, arizonian. I can’t even begin to describe the craziness that was the 2012 senatorial here, it was in no way ordinary.

And that was a UMKC namecheck, TYFM. Go roos.

alwaysfiredup on May 7, 2013 at 10:44 PM

A gun grabber? Who do you think runs the legislature in NJ. Plus, Kasich took the ACA money, is he a RINO? Yeah, you probably think he is. You’re as brainwashed as a Daily Kos kid. Reagan would have been a RINO to you talk radio sycophants

AYNBLAND on May 7, 2013 at 10:40 PM

Fool, he’s the one who pushed for more restrictive guns laws in NJ. He endorsed them. Btw, I noticed you avoided his endorsement of ObamaCare. You’re just as big a fraud as he is.

jawkneemusic on May 7, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Reagan would have been a RINO to you talk radio sycophants

AYNBLAND on May 7, 2013 at 10:40 PM

This is rich coming from the moron who attacked Levin. Levin worked for Reagan, Levjn doesn’t consider him a RINO idiot.

jawkneemusic on May 7, 2013 at 10:50 PM

I would have continued to hold back the information and see how long it took the press to catch on….

2nd Ammendment Mother on May 7, 2013 at 10:50 PM

I see Mark Levin’s audience is populating the comment section again. Plus, moron Cindy Munford, there’s literally millions of “Northeastern” Republicans and Conservatives. It’s fairly stupid to marginalize people who agree with you 90 percent of the time. Then again, you’re no MENSA member.

AYNBLAND on May 7, 2013 at 10:29 PM

Dear MENSA member,

Cindy Munford has not marginalized millions of “Northeastern” Republicans and Conservatives.

SparkPlug on May 7, 2013 at 10:54 PM

I don’t even want to discuss another Northeastern Republican, let alone one with Gov. Christie’s views. And what the firetruck is wrong with Ann Coulter?

Cindy Munford on May 7, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Coulter is a fraud. A very insecure fraud who craves attention.

SparkPlug on May 7, 2013 at 10:56 PM

there’s literally millions of “Northeastern” Republicans and Conservatives

AYNBLAND on May 7, 2013 at 10:29 PM

That’s nice. You almost always elect Democrats and give your EVs to Democrats, though, and the Republicans you elect are constant disappointments. So you’re not that important to the party or the Republicans in office. You really should learn that.

alwaysfiredup on May 7, 2013 at 10:58 PM

And what the firetruck is wrong with Ann Coulter?

Cindy Munford on May 7, 2013 at 10:09 PM

She has a crush on Christie. She’s done a full Romney on him.

alwaysfiredup on May 7, 2013 at 10:59 PM

If the surgery works, who will play Dyspeptic Santa in the Winter Pageant??

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on May 7, 2013 at 11:10 PM

As a human being, his health will be better off.

johnnyU on May 7, 2013 at 11:12 PM

Obesity and high stress level jobs with long working hours do not mix. He either loses a couple hundred pounds now or he’ll lose it underground.

OxyCon on May 7, 2013 at 11:41 PM

Christie is depressing because he had the talent to be so much to America and decided to be a complete suck up…

Power can go to people’s head…

That is why George Washington is always going to be respected no matter how much progressives try to dump on him. He had a chance to be king, or a military dictator, and refused…

Very rare thing in history.

William Eaton on May 8, 2013 at 1:10 AM

First a lap band then a lap dance.

profitsbeard on May 8, 2013 at 4:01 AM

I can’t stand Christie. I will never, ever vote for him in a primary

bluegill on May 8, 2013 at 5:40 AM

Exit question: If Christie had the surgery on February 16, why’d he throw a fit eight days earlier when a former White House doctor politely noted that carrying around an extra hundred pounds or two wasn’t a smart health move?

People that overweight tend to be extremely sensitive about it, even (especially?) when they’re working to correct the problem. And let’s face it, Christie is not known for keeping his cool.

As for the rest of the article, it’s pretty silly. As is mentioned, his center-left views on many issues will be his undoing, not his weight. Second, he’s still going to be a big guy. Let’s say he loses 150 pounds. You could even be generous and up that number to 200. It’s probably not going to be more than that.

My guess is that still puts him in the 200-250 pound range. Not exactly a lightweight.

Chris of Rights on May 8, 2013 at 8:05 AM

And what the firetruck is wrong with Ann Coulter?

Cindy Munford on May 7, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Nothing that hasn’t been wrong with her for years.

Chris of Rights on May 8, 2013 at 8:07 AM

His schtick ran out for me the day he shrieked at the Iraq war veteran “I’m the governor and you’re an idiot”

NHElle on May 8, 2013 at 9:42 AM

a Rino trapped in a fat mans body longing to be free. He is in the toilet along with Coulter’s credibility.

jomondo44 on May 9, 2013 at 7:59 AM