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TexasSissy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 10:33 AM
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Since 1980, the taller guy has won the Pres. Election (except once).
Did you know that since 1980, the taller candidate has won the presidential election, except for once? Guess which time that was.

HEIGHT OF CAMPAIGN SEASON
Only once in the last six elections has the shorter candidate won.
1980
Ronald Reagan 6'1"
Jimmy Carter 5'9 1/2"

1984
Ronald Reagan 6'1"
Walter Mondale 5'11"

1988
George Bush 6'2"
Michael Dukakis 5'8 1/2"

1992
Bill Clinton 6'2"
George Bush 6'2"

1996
Bill Clinton 6'2"
Bob Dole 6'1"

2000
George W. Bush 5'11 3/4"
Al Gore 6'1"

Source: USA TODAY research

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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 10:33 AM
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1. and the "except once" Gore actually won! don't forget that! n/t
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DemocratSinceBirth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 10:34 AM
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2. No Fucking Way
If Bush is a 1/4 inch short of 6 feet I'm Shaquille O'Neal...
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 10:52 AM
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7. Isn't bush about 5' 10'?
Of chimpiness?
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TexasSissy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 11:02 AM
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9. I totally agree. I think that's a PR lie. Standing next to hisdaughters,
he is not much taller than they are. I would guess that he's more like 5'10", which is average height.

I'm also guessing that he wears "lifts" during debates.
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cliss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 11:03 AM
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10. I agree with you. I don't think this is accurate.
I've seen MANY photos of BeetleBrain standing next to other men, and he's often shorter than them. Take the photo of Brash standing next to Jacques Chirac about 2 months ago. Chirac positively towered above Bash. What does that make Chirac? 9 feet tall?

I don't believe this "statistic". I think he's more like 5'9".
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drscm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 10:34 AM
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3. Well, actually it is true in every case. Gore won! eom
eom
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Selwynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 10:36 AM
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4. But really, since 1980 isn't all that long
still neat, but of course you know also meaning nothing.

And by the way - Gore actually won. :)
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TexasSissy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 11:06 AM
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11. Actually, I've read some psychology stuff about the height thing.
I have read in the past that people view taller people as more intelligent and authoritative. Taller people also get paid more, on average, than short people. Tall women don't have as much trouble in leadership positions as short women (because of the way subordinates view them).

There is something to the height thing. There are exceptions, of course. Still, it's good to know that this psychological reaction to height is in OUR benefit.
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Selwynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 11:30 AM
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18. Hmm... interesting
Kinda scary too when you think about it..
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TexasSissy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 10:40 AM
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22. Not to me (a scientific documentary buff). It's the appearance factor,
which we find throughout nature. There's a biological reason for it. Just as there could be a biological reason for the fact that more attractive people are thought to be more intelligent and successful than less attractive people, get better grades in school, and get paid more, on average, than less attractive people.

The prettiest, most colorful male bird is the one who gets the mates. It's a biology thing.
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against all enemies Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 10:37 AM
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5. Bush probably lied about his height and said he was 6'4".
The media knew that he wasn't over 6 feet but failed to report it. Although the press did run some stories about how Gore claimed he was 6'1", when he was really 6' and a half inch, with the Headlines "Gore Lies About Height".
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 10:49 AM
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6. Actually the taller guy did Win in 2000...he just didn't
get his ass situated in the white house..the loser's party had a coup and he's squatting in our Nation's House as we type.
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PsN2Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 10:53 AM
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8. Maybe we should take another look at Bill Bradley then

Although we know, if the price is right, they, the repubs, can get Shaq.
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jsw_81 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 11:07 AM
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12. The debates will be fun
Remember how small and weak Dukakis looked while shaking Poppy's hand on the debate stage back in 1988? That single moment probably cost Dukakis several hundred thousand votes. Can't wait to see our guy towering over Poppy's idiot son this fall.
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PsN2Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 11:12 AM
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13. Maybe Kerry
should emphasis the height differential by telling bush, " getting a little thin on top there Mr pResident" as they shake hands.
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TexasSissy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 11:25 AM
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17. Bush will wear elevator lifts @ the debates, I'm sure.
Another trick is to use a stool, without podiums, so he can halfway sit down when the other guy is standing, so there's no direct comparison. That's what he did in one of the Gore debates.
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mitchum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 11:38 AM
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21. If Kerry wears a yellow hat, the debate handshake will look like...
a "Curious George" illustration
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Comicstripper Donating Member (876 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 10:49 AM
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24. Hahaha
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Wickerman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 11:14 AM
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14. 5'11 3/4
What a load of bullshit. Everyone else in the world measures their height by the inch. Bush*, born on third base, yet thinking he was robbed of a home run has to measure his height in freaking quarter inches? Someone knows he is a crock of shit, packaged by ad men for gullible public.

I noticed all the way back in his military records his height was reported in fractions - funny, when I was in the military they measured my height in inches, rounded.

BTW - the USA Today research is faulty. Since 1980 the taller man has won each election. They need to be reminded that Gore won in 2004 - the Supreme Court made the worst decision of our 200 year + history and refused the US the chance to fairly determine who was the actual winner (hint, the taller man) and the rightful President.
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TexasSissy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 11:23 AM
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16. I think Bush Jr. is 5'10" actually, Average height.
I think he wears lifts sometimes, but he is not much taller than his daughters. Look at him the next time he's on TV standing next to one of his daughters.
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Wickerman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 11:36 AM
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19. I don't give a rat's ass if he is 6'2"
what is incredibly chicken shit is the measuring in 1/4 inches. What a moran.

And yep, he always looks short on stage. I think at times Laura appears taller than him. What a goon. You are te height you are - deal with it and move on.
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merh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 11:15 AM
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15. He didn't win the election, he stole it, so the pattern prevails.
Gore won the election.
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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 11:37 AM
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20. Bush didn't win and he wears padding in his shoes during debates
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eleny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 10:48 AM
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23. Padded shoes, padded shouders...
....tennis balls under his arms and a towel in his jumpsuit crotch!
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giant_robot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 10:55 AM
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25. So by 2025...
we will be ruled by a race of giants </sarcasm>
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devinsgram Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 11:04 AM
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26. Out of curiosity
How tall is Kerry?
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tom_paine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 11:05 AM
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27. So, what you are saying is the taller guy ALWAYS wins
Because Bunnypants* didn't win, he had to steal it.
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calico1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 11:09 AM
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28. I saw another "unscientific" poll too...
The candidate with the most hair wins. Apparently this has always been the case. Eisenhower was nearly bald but so was his opponent, Stevenson. Interesting....
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Screaming Lord Byron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 11:10 AM
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29. Reagan was 6'1?
Didn't look it. I always thought he was a small man.
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SavageWombat Donating Member (187 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 11:13 AM
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30. I've been saying this all along
Why do you think the Bushies are trying so hard to portray Kerry as "Lurch", or "Frankenstein"? They're desparately going for a "that Kerry is just too tall" image.

Goes right along with the "that Kerry is just too smart" bit.
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THUNDER HANDS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 11:17 AM
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31. gee I hope
that Shaquille O'Neal is a democrat, just in case he ever decides to run for President one day. :)
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Catfight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 11:19 AM
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32. UM...Bush did not WIN, he was appointed...so EVERY time in history
the taller guy WON! Period. That's why the Bush administration really wanted Howard Dean to run, they had a chance, but now, Mr. Kerry will soon be Mr. President of the United States and little Bush Napoleon, with his little man complex will slither off into exile.
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terrya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 11:22 AM
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33. Kerry is 6'4", right? Hee, hee! :-)
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