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Slate' asks: Would it help if Mitt Romney were fat?

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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 Obsessioncould use the realness of a beer belly.

[Slate]

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