New Jersey governor Chris Christie rose to global prominence in late October and early November after his constant praise for Barack Obama’s handling of Hurricane Sandy led to accusations he was trying to skewer Mitt Romney. Christie fancied a crack at the GOP nomination in four years, his critics argued, which would be almost impossible with a Republican in the Whitehouse.
It was down to ABC News’ Barbara Walters to pop the question which persists in much discussion of Christies’ prospects, however:
“There are people that say you couldn’t be president because you’re so heavy”
Christie is thought to weigh in at around 330 pounds, making him the approximate equal of William H. Taft, the fattest US president ever.
Taft had an oversize bathtub installed in the Whitehouse after he got stuck in a normal sized one.
This video from Greenpeace shows Conservative MP, and leader of the anti-wind turbine brigade, Chris Heaton-Harris telling an undercover journalist that he hadn’t “seen any half decent research” on the negative effects of turbines on birds. Heaton-Harris goes on to tell Greenpeace two weeks later that, erm, “there are international studies pointing at this“.
Perhaps Heaton-Harris can enlighten us as to which “international studies” he read in the intervening period.
A witch doctor from Obama’s ancestral home of Kogelo village in western Kenya has used his mystic powers to predict that the president will secure a second term. Scrapbook could not confirm rumours that “115 year-old” John Dimo is now working on a full breakdown of the electoral college.
Winston McKenzie, standing for UKIP in the upcoming by election for Croydon North, doesn’t seem to have been knocked back by his 2005 rejection from the X-Factor though, as three years later he appears rapping about his electoral appeal.
The video dates from McKenzie’s 2008 London Mayoral bid, then standing as an independent. Though initially fluent in monosyllabic rhyme, McKenzie soon descends off message:
“Just look at me and Ken, look at Boris, tell me who would the women fancy? Me or them? I’m the man!”
Clearly a fan of rhyme, McKenzie wrote his 2008mayoral policy in rhyming couplets. His tough, zero-tolerance stance on crime is as follows:
“Knives and guns,
Are fun for some,
Check my Policy,
It’s no fallacy.”
Scrapbook can only hope that all of the Croydon North candidates will reach out to the electorate in the same way.