Belt Height as a Political Metaphor
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford are both conservative politicians with personalities as outsized as their physical selves. (How is that for a euphemistic way of saying that, like me, they are very fat?)
But despite those broad similarities, their political fortunes, at least of late, could not be more different.
Christie is running for re-election as governor of New Jersey, and the polling has consistently indicated that his margin of victory may be 20 to 25 percent. More than anything else, his very visible presence in the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy seems to have convinced a majority of voters in the state that, whatever they might think of his specific political positions, he truly cares about the state and its residents. And, if he wins re-election by the projected margin, he will almost certainly be included among the early frontrunners for the Republican…
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