Paul: OMG, Who Knew??


…John McCain is really short!

Roughly as short as Tom Cruise, actually. He doesn’t seem like much of a threat anymore, does he?

It’s not that I have anything against short people, but it is kind of a liability as far as the election goes. It may be unfair, but tall people have an innate advantage at life. I am lucky enough to be 6’4″, I used to think it was a bit too tall but it certainly beats the alternative. When you look back at past elections, the taller candidate usually wins. Obama is a respectable 6’1 1/2, more than 5 inches taller than McCain. If McCain were elected he would be tied with Martin Van Buren and Benjamin Harrison for next-to-shortest president of all time. When you adjust for the fact that people are taller these days than they were back in the 1800’s, McCain would really be shortest one ever.

I don’t condone height-ism, but I think that when people see the two candidates side-by-side at the debates the height difference will really affect people’s impressions. If it isn’t obvious how much taller Obama is, you gaycondo readers will know the truth: that McCain is sitting on a phone book behind that desk, or perhaps he has platform shoes.


5 Responses to “Paul: OMG, Who Knew??”

  1. October 6, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    “Obama is a respectable 6′1 1/2”. So, are you saying that 5’6″ isn’t respectable?
    John McCain, no matter what your political poisition happens to be, is respectable considering what he did for this country. Doubtful that the taller Obama would have. Clinton was tall and he was an admitted draft dodger. Perhaps shorter people are entitled to more respect after all.

  2. 2 gaycondo
    October 6, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    Hey Chris, ever consider that refusing to participate in an illegitimate, political war is the more “patriotic” and respectable thing? And don’t comment on what Obama might have done, because he was like 11 years old. Go read some other blog, this one’s not for you.

  3. 3 Peter Miller
    October 7, 2008 at 7:14 am

    Chris’ comment was not primarily a political comment. He was pointing out that although you claim to “not have anything against short people”, your observation and wording clearly demonstrate and promote bigotry and discrimination against short people.

    Do you really only want readers who agree with you?

  4. 4 gaycondo
    October 7, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    I can see how you would think that. What I was trying to convey is that being the taller candidate gives Obama an inherent advantage. I am not saying it is right, but I think that this last debate is a good example of what I was talking about. With both candidates standing side-by-side all the commentary is that Obama looked more confident and “presidential”. While I support Obama for substantive reasons I think that the post-debate analysis might have been more even-handed had everyone listened to the debate on the radio rather than watching it on television. I don’t think that McCain’s age or height have any bearing on his fitness to be President but they do have a definate symbolic significance that are affecting the way people percieve him. It may not be right, but if it gives Obama an advantage I’m not going to complain about it.

    And yeah, I kind of assume that people reading the blog are going to be a part of a fairly cohesive niche, we get like 200 hits a day. I hope that most of those people agree with me.

  5. 5 gaycondo
    October 8, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    while his height shouldn’t blare the red lights, Mccain’s age is definitely something to consider… he’s already had some elderly health issues and we sure as hell don’t want a cheerleader like Palin taking the quarter back’s position…


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