We tend not to pay very close attention to the general health of candidates for the presidency until one or another has some issues that become front and center. We are at that point in the current campaigns. Hillary Clinton did not look too good and obviously was not feeling at all well despite the contradictory statements from her various supporters. She has been diagnosed with pneumonia. Donald Trump is supposedly about to release his medical history/current status very soon.
These kinds of issues are valid for all voters to take into consideration. They ought to affect the outcome however probably will have scant impact unless there continues to be more and more publicity aimed at one or another candidate. The ‘spin doctors’ are now involved in addition to actual medical doctors. The various media outlets are taking customary sides depending upon which candidate each has appeared to be leaning toward (and yes, the media has its favorites regardless of what it may claim).
The spotlight on VP candidates ought to shine a bit brighter given the questions that are being floated about Hillary and Donald. VP candidates are often younger although the current sitting VP is a contradiction. VP candidates seem to most often be picked based upon what voting block they may be able to bring with them more so than how qualified they might be to assume the Presidency. Only when we suffer a scare do we really get serious about how qualified the VP is in the event he or she is required to take the step up due to the health of the President. Most of our presidential candidates tend to be older rather than younger so the issue of health is potentially exacerbated.
If we stop for a moment to think about the two candidates today, I believe, if we’re honest, we will admit there are some issues. Donald Trump appears to be the healthier of the two. He is the more animated in his walk and his actions. He seems to carry his weight a bit better although he is carrying too much weight. Hillary Clinton seems be be tired most of the time. She is definitely over weight and her attire is designed to minimize that fact although it generally falls short of that goal. Her recent coughing fits have raised alarm, and rightly so. The pneumonia diagnosis/scare has taken a toll as well it should, and it raises further health issues for Hillary that she’ll have to face up to if she wishes those to go away.
We see the media focusing on each candidate’s health and that coverage is likely to be slanted in the manner each media organization has been playing the campaign to date. That obviously suggests that the members of the media family have favorites, and they certainly seem to have favorites, or at least very definite leanings even if they decry the accusation of favoritism.
There are not many of us voters who would wish ill health on a candidate no matter how rabid we might be as supporters of another person. There are, more often today, those of us who take the position that all voters deserve a balanced professional overview of the general health of all candidates. This is fair game and crosses party lines.
We are definitely entitled to full knowledge about the health of each candidate, and not just to the spin applied to the actual health history and implications to each candidate. We ought to take into account the health of each candidate although in most cases that will not be a consideration; politics will trump (no pun intended) as usual.
No matter our political leaning, we need to have the latest and best information about each candidate before we vote. We also need to pay very close attention to what each VP candidate might bring to the party. Would that person be qualified to become the President if the sitting President should pass away?
That having been said, how many of us will vote based upon the health of the candidate, if there is a reason that should be considered, rather than to simply vote the ‘party line’ as is usual? Maybe 1 in 100? Or 1 in 1,000? And, how many of us really give the VP candidate a good review rather than simply voting the straight party ticket without thought to a possible successor to the President? It is obviously most unusual for a VP to become our President during his or her term, but it is certainly possible and ought be part of our consideration.
We will see how all this plays out.