“Chris Christie is moon over New Jersey, he should not wear white shirts, I tell you that. I saw him the other day and I was amazed by it, he must be 300 plus, and that’s something he’s just gotta deal with because you’re not going to say, ‘I’m going to cut the budget,’ well, how about starting with supper?”
That was Chris Matthews during an appearance in Washington, D.C., mocking New Jersey Governor Chris Cristie, not for his positions, not for his performance in his job, but because of his looks, specifically his weight. Later in the same session, Matthews criticized Mississippi Governor Hailey Barbour for his waist size. It isn’t only Matthews; media liberals have been using Rush Limbaugh’s weight as a punchline for years. Ted Kennedy, Gerald Nadler, Madeleine Albright and Charlie Rangel, however, were immune: being fat is only a justification for insults if one is conservative and fat.
What is the difference between denigrating someone for his weight and ridiculing another on the basis of skin color, gender, disability, religion, ethnic background or religion? Not a thing. It is bigotry, but among liberal pundits, politically correct bigotry. It is also juvenile.
Why does this unfair, disrespectful and uncivil habit persist? Because Matthews’ audience enjoys it, that’s why, just as Democratic voters saw nothing wrong with various talking heads and columnists mocking John McCain’s age during the 2008 election. If conservatives express disapproval…well, who cares what they think…the fat bastards!
Fox News’ Neil Cavuto will probably be similarly dismissed, but the amiable host of “Your World” was incensed enough by Matthews’ gratuitous attack on Christie that he used his program to level a devastating but absolutely fair and accurate one of his own, saying in part…
“…It is remarkable to me that those who delight in pointing out someone’s girth as if it is some disqualifier for office say not a word about their Party’s own heavyweights, and never even suggest their weight is a disqualifier for any office. No, Chris Christie is fat, and Haley Barbour weighs too much….Would Chris have said the same of Winston Churchill? Would he be so focused on the guy’s gut to miss the guy’s guts? So concerned Winston wasn’t GQ that he’d miss Winston’s weighty IQ?…
…All I know is a lot of thin, fit guys in both parties...both parties…got us in some pretty big messes. We could do a hell of a lot worse than entertain not so thin and fit guys to get us out of those messes, because for those who love to quote a visionary who asked that we judge men “not by the color of their skin, but the content of their character,” it seems weird that they still judge the weight of that skin before they even get to their character, which makes them characters, and pathetic ones at that.
“Judging our leaders not by the qualities that matter, but the nonsense like this that does not—where greatness is defined not by who you are but how you look—you know what that is? That is racism – with a scale.”
“Racism with a scale.”