Piggin' out at the Fair

See that guy chowin' down on the corn dog, slathered with mustard? That's the governor of Virginia, Mark Warner, at the State Fair on Friday.

And there he is again: eating a fried Oreo cookie.

And some French Fries.

And pickles.

And sampling four kinds of homemade pie.

(Full disclosure: I had a fried Oreo, a corn dog and a few fries, too.)

Warner came to the fair to give a speech to farmers and then to campaign with Democratic candidate Tim Kaine, who wants to replace Warner in January. The idea: shake hands with as many people as possible in an hour.

He did that. Some said they would vote for Kaine in November, and several said they hoped Warner ran for president in 2008.

But the soon-to-be-ex governor seemed to be having more fun eating his way through the fair.

"Finally, something good about being governor," Warner said as he shoveled a mouthful of pie.

By Michael Shear |  September 23, 2005; 2:06 PM ET  | Category:  Democrats
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It must be a really slow news day when the only thing to blog about is that...stop the presses! The Governor was hungry!

So, what is the nutritional analysis of this feast? You are certainly neglecting your duty as guardian of the fifth estate to skip over that. I'm sure his consumption of carbs, fats, proteins, fiber, vitamins and minerals will have real meaningful input to Governor Warner's political future.

Or perhaps was it a gratuitous text to let you post a less than flattering photo of him eating a corndog?

Posted by: Binky | September 23, 2005 06:08 PM

On the contrary, Binky, I thought this was great. It's the sort of light fare that probably shouldn't be in the newspaper, but that provides rather a nice picture of one aspect of what goes into being governor.

Posted by: Waldo Jaquith | September 23, 2005 08:57 PM

Good Waldo, glad you like it, but that doesn't sound like light fare. Sounds like Shear skipped the only thing half-healthy in the pickle and the pies.

Posted by: Jerome Armstrong | September 23, 2005 09:10 PM

I think this post raises serious questions about Warner's electability in 2008

Posted by: Joe | September 24, 2005 01:52 AM

Are you concerned about his health?

Posted by: Soccer Mom | September 24, 2005 02:05 PM

Man, I've been thinking about this blog entry all day, and damned if I don't have a serious urge for a fried Oreo. I've never even had one. I'm not sure if I can envision it. But I'll tell ya', if I had some oreos here at home, I'd be giving it a whirl right now.

Posted by: Waldo Jaquith | September 24, 2005 04:53 PM

Deep fried Oreos recipe available.

Homer says "Mmmmm....quart vegetable oil...buttermilk pancake mix" (and beer?).

Posted by: NotHomerSimpson | September 25, 2005 07:40 AM

I want to point out that this site features a link to www.kainerecord.com (attack site on kaine) but not www.jerrytheduck.com. (attack site on kilgore). I respectfully request that the latter site be included as well.

Posted by: Thomas Jefferson | September 25, 2005 03:22 PM

Thanks NotHomerSimpson that's the kind of investigative reporting that I like to see.

Posted by: Kate | September 25, 2005 05:46 PM

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