In one of the most frightening articles ever written about a presidential race, the Washington Post reveals the shoe size of Bush (11 1/2) and Gore (10 1/2 D). I answered a related question for my column earlier this month:

Question: How tall are presidential candidates George W. Bush and Al Gore? -- D.D., N. Richland Hills, Texas

Answer: Gore is 6 feet 1 inches tall and Bush is 5 feet 11 inches tall, according to their campaign offices.

"In the 12 presidential elections of the television era, beginning in 1952, the shorter candidate has won only twice, in 1972 and 1976," Jay Mathews wrote last year in the Washington Post [Fee required to read].

During the 1992 presidential race, then-Gov. Bill Clinton's height was described as "6 feet 2 1/2 inches" by his aides. He won over President George Bush, who is 6 feet 2.

"In 1993, once Clinton was safely in office, his doctor reported he was only 6-2," Mathews wrote.

Before anyone makes or breaks inauguration plans, Mathews used height analysis in 1999 to predict that the next president would be 6-foot-5 former N.Y. senator Bill Bradley, who played in the NBA for the New York Knicks.

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