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From the Wall Street Journal:

Facing an Overweight Electorate, Barack Obama Might Find Low Body Fat a Drawback, by Amy Chozick: Speaking to donors at a San Diego fund-raiser last month, Barack Obama reassured the crowd that he wouldn't give in to Republican tactics to throw his candidacy off track. "Listen, I'm skinny but I'm tough," Sen. Obama said. But in a nation in which 66% of the voting-age population is overweight and 32% is obese, could Sen. Obama's skinniness be a liability? Despite his visits to waffle houses, ice-cream parlors and greasy-spoon diners around the country, his slim physique just might have some Americans wondering whether he is truly like them.

The candidate has been criticized by opponents for appearing elitist or out of touch with average Americans. A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll conducted in July shows Sen. Obama still lags behind Republican John McCain among white men and suburban women who say they can't relate to his background or perceived values.... "I won't vote for any beanpole guy," another [Hilary Rodham] Clinton supporter wrote last week on a Yahoo politics message board...

Why was "the Clinton supporter" writing this? Gavin M. of Sadly, No! explains:

Sadly, No! » Even Worseness: The Even-Worsening: You know that Amy Chozick piece in the Wall Street Journal that asks whether Barack Obama might not be fat enough to be President? Here’s the research that enabled Ms. Chozick to pose such a bold and allusive query.... Amy Chozick starts a thread [on the Yahoo message board]:

Is Obama too skinny to be president? 15-Jul-08 06:04 pm: Does anyone out there think Barack Obama is too thin to be president? Anyone having a hard time relating to him and his “no excess body fat”? Please let me know. Thanks!

A reply is posted:

Re: Is Obama too skinny to be president? 15-Jul-08 10:21 pm: Yes I think He is to skinny to be President.Hillary has a potbelly and chuckybutt I’d of Voted for Her.I won’t vote for any beanpole guy.

Amy responds:

Re: Is Obama too skinny to be president? 16-Jul-08 09:12 am: Love your response and your username (onlinebeerbellygirl). Would you mind shooting me an email so I can ask you a few more quesitons? My email is [redacted] Thanks so much! -Amy

The entire rest of the brief thread consists of people saying that the question is stupid, and/or making fun of Chozick.... Ms. Chozick seems to have deleted her messages from the thread literally as I was typing this.

No More Mister Nice Blog also finds that Chozick was nipping text from a McCain press release...

Why oh why can't we have a better press corps?

Here's what the other participants in the thread--those not named "onlinebeerbellgirl" have to say about Amy Chozick (IMHO, onlinebeerbellygirl is also telling Amy Chozick what she thinks of her via her assumed name):

The good news is that these people probably do not see the real problems in the world - living in the one they are in. Hopefully, there is something that can legally keep you from voting - or remember to vote on November 20th - you will miss the rush! les1954....

Maybe Senator Obama wears his hair too short? Are his shoes too tight? What color are his socks? 12 part series here at least. OwlBear1....

The scary thing is that you have the right to vote and both parties are probably trying to get your vote. les1954....

Please tell me you don't get paid to write this drivel. ifthethunderdontg....

You should be fired for incompetence. the_chris_stuart...

Mr. Murdoch: The clock is ticking. The longer Amy Chozick still has a job, the worse it is for you.