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Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Heightism is a disease
As a vertically-challenged member of society, I see pictures like this and wonder:

From the New York Times.
The two men on the right are from the south, sure to be a key battleground in November's election. The man on the right, Bob Graham, has far and away the most enlightened foreign policy of the three--he opposed the invasion of Iraq and the overthrow of Aristide in Haiti. The man in the middle is an eloquent speaker, comes from a modest background, and appeals to most people as being both very intelligent and very nice. The man on the left is neither enlightened nor eloquent, but he is the tallest of the three. You know who won the nomination, and in what order the other two were eliminated. Note also that none of the other eliminated candidates would ever be mistaken for NBA stars, and the one with the best positions on everything, Dennis Kucinich, was probably the shortest.

I remember reading about a poll taken in 1992 when Bush Sr. was running against Clinton. They asked people both who they were going to vote for and who they thought was the tallest. The two responses were strongly correlated. Those voting for Bush thought he was taller; those voting for Clinton thought he was taller. I don't know why the Dems settled for Kerry when Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are available!