Height-Based Prediction Correct for GOP
Back in October I predicted that the height effect would propel Romney to victory in the GOP primary: Politics is Simple: Vote for the Tall Guy. The shortest contender, Michele Bachman, was eliminated early in the competition. The 6’2″ Mitt Romney was helped when his near peer at 6’1″, Rick Perry, made a series of gaffes that dragged his popularity down.
So, the November contest will pit Romney against Barack Obama, listed at 6’1″. That means Obama won’t have the vertical superiority he enjoyed over John McCain, a comparatively diminutive 5’8″. But a 1″ differential isn’t much visually, and camera angles can all but negate it.
So, will the height advantage prove decisive again? Check back in November!