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At Least One Voter Thought Chris Christie Was Too Fat: Mitt Romney

According to excerpts from the book Double Down, Mitt Romney seriously considered choosing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as his 2012 running mate. But he didn't, in part because Christie is overweight. Cool leadership, Mitt.

The Washington Post got an early copy of the book, and notes several not-very-subtle ways in which the Romney camp made an issue of Christie's weight. For example, according to the Post, Romney's VP vetters engaged in the age-old tradition of blowing their work way out of proportion by pretending it was a high-level intelligence operation. But, man, did they do a lame job of it.

“Project Goldfish,” as his vetting team called its operation, was so secretive that researchers referred to the five finalists by aquatic names — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (Pufferfish), former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty (Lakefish), Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio (Filet-O-Fish), Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida (Pescado) and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin (Fishconsin).

Yeah, great code names, guys. First of all: "Fishconsin" is not a fish. It is barely a code name. Why not "Paulfish?" Second of all, naming the Latino candidate "Pescado" seems … iffy. And, third: poor ol' Pufferfish. Do you get it; Christie is heavy. If any random American voter had overheard the vetting team using those code names at a Shoney's last June, they would have guessed at least two of those three.

But that's hardly the worst of it. The Post blames three things for Romney crossing Pufferfish off his list: his incomplete vetting file, his tendency to be late to events, and his puffiness.

“Romney marveled at Christie’s girth, his difficulties in making his way down the narrow aisle of the campaign bus,” the authors write. “Watching a video of Christie without his suit jacket on, Romney cackled to his aides, ‘Guys! Look at that!’” Remember when stories emerged last year about Romney being a bully in high school? New York's Dan Amira sees a similarity, somehow.

As a reminder, the person Romney eventually chose was workout-obsessed Fishconsin. In 2011, Paul Ryan posed for these photos for Time magazine's 2011 "Person of the Year" issue. This is how he allowed himself to be depicted, perhaps recognizing that it would help his VP chances.

Christie got fed up with his treatment by the Romney team. "I'm tired of you people!" he reportedly said to the campaign after his speech at the Republican convention. "Leave me the [unidentified swear word that probably starts with 'f'] alone!"

But he might get an even better revenge. In February, Christie underwent lap-band surgery in an attempt to lose weight. So what we might see in 2016 is the ultimate underdog / bullied-kid-makes-good story. A newly svelte and self-confident Chris Christie romps through primary states and eventually stands triumphant on Election Night. Where the bully Romney failed, Christie could succeed. And if he does, he should vet Romney as VP just to give him a codename. We can think of several.

by Anonymousreply 1711/01/2013

I think Mitt posts on here. I really do.

by Anonymousreply 111/01/2013

The lap belt isn't working.

by Anonymousreply 211/01/2013

This story cracked me up. I can see how Christie probably relished his appearances with Obama after the hurricane as a thumb in the eye to Romney.

by Anonymousreply 311/01/2013

r2 I kinda' think it IS working. His profile looks slimmer. He's got a long way to go. No way he'll get the nomination though.

by Anonymousreply 411/01/2013

[quote]And if he does, he should vet Romney as VP just to give him a codename.

Hehe, yeah Mittens' codename: Thurston Douchebag III.

by Anonymousreply 511/01/2013

Romney's "hey guys, will you look at that" response to a video of Christie trying to negotiate the aisle of a campaign bus is reminiscent of his bullying during high school. Find a person's weakness and go after it with a vengeance. Now, some 40 plus years later he can't rein it in as a public figure

by Anonymousreply 611/01/2013

[quote]I can see how Christie probably relished

Too easy.

by Anonymousreply 711/01/2013

Chris Christie is Christian.

by Anonymousreply 811/01/2013

Here is a pre-review by some Republican queen on Goodreads:

[quote]Johnvano marked it as to-read Not anxious to relive the campaign, but probably can't stop myself... It will hurt to see all the lies, diversions and blunders


by Anonymousreply 911/01/2013

I love Fishconsin.

by Anonymousreply 1011/01/2013

How much do you think Chris Christie weighs?

by Anonymousreply 1111/01/2013

#300 +

by Anonymousreply 1211/01/2013

#400+ before lapband.

by Anonymousreply 1311/01/2013

429 pound man.

by Anonymousreply 1411/01/2013

Let's send him a big box of candy!

by Anonymousreply 1511/01/2013

The only smart decision Mitt ever made.

by Anonymousreply 1611/01/2013

Mittens = sophmoric

by Anonymousreply 1711/01/2013
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