Does being fat help Chris Christie?

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At the RGA conference in San Diego today, Bill Bennett, standing with Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, reportedly joked: “Bulky chic. … We’re a big party.”

It’s funny because it’s true.

Burly politicians, it seems, are thriving these days.  It hasn’t always been that way.  For decades now, it has been assumed that Americans simply wouldn’t tolerate a chubby Commander in Chief.

President Bill Clinton was forced to jog (sometimes to McDonalds) in order to maintain this charade.  And former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee shed major pounds before running for president.  But now, both Barbour and Christie are thought of as legitimate GOP contenders (though Christie swears he won’t run for president in 2012).

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