Sarah Palin says there's a double standard when it comes to politicians who cry in public.
The former Alaska governor and possible 2012 Republican presidential candidate says she would be "knocked a little bit" if she cried while giving a speech. But Palin tells ABC's "Good Morning America" that House speaker-in-waiting John Boehner gets a "pass" when he cries in public.
Palin says that's OK, but that it makes women in politics work harder and "be that much tougher."
I don’t think that he has really gotten a pass. The media, especially the left-wing media, has ridiculed him for his overly-emotional nature. For example, some have said that it might be a sign that he’s an alcoholic. In reality, I think that most of the media doesn’t really know what to think of it.
She is somewhat right, though. If she cried as much as Boehner does, people would say that she cries too much and couldn’t handle the stress of the office of the presidency because of how much she cries. However, I think that people might say the same thing of Boehner, if he ever ran for president. Palin is considered one of the lead-runners for the GOP nomination next cycle, and presidential contenders will be held to a different standard than those in the Speakership. So, it not exactly an even comparison.