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Pick Obama Because He’s Taller?

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As opposed to normal popular vote and fundraising numbers–or even how well organized a candidate is–Ann Althouse suggests that Democrat superdelegates should consider all aspects:

Let them consider who is taller if tallness helps the party with the election. And it does, doesn’t it? Picture a debate with McCain and Obama. Literally, picture it, the 2 men standing side by side. Obama’s height will affect voters’ minds whether you like it or not.

This suggestion of small “nudges” is right in line with a book on libertarian paternalism recently reviewed in the Chronicle of Higher Eduction (which I have added to my wishlist). The book, titled Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness, looks at the relatively insignificant details that actually can have very significant effects on human behavior. Two examples given in the review are shorter white lines on highways that cause people to slow down, and flies painted on the inside of urinals that give men something to aim at, reducing spillage.

In the same way, simple changes in stature and wear of candidates can change perceptions. This would reflect Obama’s height compared to the relatively short Senator McCain when the election transitions to the general in the next two months.

This looks to be a very interesting topic. Readers, are there any other examples you can think of?


Written by walonline

May 7, 2008 at 10:21 am

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