An article in Slate by fashion commentator Simon Doonan seriously entertains the notion that if Mitt Romney were fat, he'd be doing better in the polls:
Back in the day, heft was associated with gravitas and power, leadership, and trust. Fat blokes, by their very physiques, projected monumental indestructability [sic]. ...
Would Mitt Romney’s ratings improve if he packed on a few pounds ... ? Might a little girth give him a dash of much-needed gravitas and halt his downward spiral? It might be worth a shot. His current retro-wholesome matinee idol shtick—I associate him with Rock Hudson’s wooden character in that strangely artificial Douglas Sirk movie The Magnificent Obsession—could use the realness of a beer belly.