Belt Height as a Political Metaphor

ACADEME BLOG

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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About martinkich

I am a Professor of English at Wright State University's Lake Campus, where I have been a faculty member for more than 25 years. I have now served multiple terms as the President of the WSU chapter of AAUP, which now includes all full-time instructional faculty, and as the Vice-President of the Ohio Conference of AAUP. I have also served several terms as an at-large member of the Executive Committee of AAUP's Collective Bargaining Congress. In addition to serving as co-editor of the Academe blog, I am also a member of the editorial board of Academe and have been a guest editor for an issue of the magazine on collective bargaining strategies. As co-chair of the Ohio Conference's Communication Committee, I began to do much more overtly political writing during the campaign to repeal Ohio's Senate Bill 5, which would have eliminated the right of faculty to be unionized. I have sustained that activism, and at the risk of stating the obvious, I have very much enjoyed contributing to the Academe Blog and to our chapter blog. I also maintain several other blogs to which I have re-posted, by topic, my posts to the Academe blog, as well as some other items.

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