15 Recent Presidential Elections: A Matter of Inches

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As you know, it's Zach Kanin week here at the _floss. Here's a wonderful excerpt from his new book, The Short Book, that looks at the last 15 elections in feet and inches. (Winning presidents are in bold.)

U.S Presidents and Their Opponents Since the Ubiquity of Television

1948
Harry S. Truman (D) 5' 9"
Thomas E. Dewey (R) 5' 8"
Difference 1"

1952
Dwight D. Eisenhower (R) 5' 10 1/2"
Adlai Stevenson (D) 5' 10"
Difference 1/2"

1956
Dwight D. Eisenhower (R) 5' 10 1/2"
Adlai Stevenson (D) 5' 10"
Difference 1/2"

1960
John F. Kennedy (D) 6' 0"
Richard M. Nixon (R) 5' 11 1/2"
Difference 1/2"

1964
Lyndon Johnson (D) 6' 3"
Barry Goldwater (R) 6' 0"
Difference 3"

1968
Richard M. Nixon (R) 5' 11 1/2"
Hubert H. Humphrey (D) 5' 11 1/2"
Difference 0"

1972
Richard M. Nixon (R) 5' 11 1/2"
George McGovern (D) 6' 1"
Difference - 1 1/2 "

1976
Jimmy Carter (D) 5' 9"
Gerald R. Ford (R) 6' 1"
Difference - 4"

1980
Ronald Reagan (R) 6' 1"
Jimmy Carter (D) 5' 9"
Difference 4"

1984
Ronald Reagan (R) 6' 1"
Walter F. Mondale (D) 5' 10"
Difference 3"

1988
George H. W. Bush (R) 6' 2"

Michael Dukakis (D) 5' 8"
Difference 6"

1992
William J. Clinton (D) 6' 2"
George H. W. Bush (R) 6' 2"
Difference 0"

1996
William J. Clinton (D) 6' 2"
Robert Dole (R) 6' 1"
Difference 1"

2000
George W. Bush (R) 5' 11"
Albert Gore (D) 6' 1"
Difference -2"

2004
George W. Bush (R) 5' 11"
John Kerry (D) 6' 4"
Difference -5"

The data shows the bleak possibilities for shorter candidate. Based on the statistical chances of George W. Bush defeating not one but TWO taller candidates, we can only conclude once and for all that he stole both elections.

Also from Zach Kanin week: check out my interview with the little man and be sure to enter our latest caption contest with our very own Kanin cartoon.

January 30, 2008 - 9:47pm
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