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You've heard it over and over and over.... Women are picked on. Women have to do twice as much as a man to get the same recognition. It's an old boys club that women can't join.
Women are just as capable and tough; ask any navy seal or army ranger. Okay, so maybe that's not fair. Men certainly don't have to go through the pain of childbirth.
But when it comes to picking a president, one has to ask this question: if Mitt Romney or John McCain or Fred Thompson started to cry in front of the camera and said how tough it was to be campaigning ... after only three states... would the general reaction been the same as Anne Doyle's:
The Soul of a LeaderI read that with extreme incredulity. So I asked my wife the simple question: if any of the men on the campaign trail had cried about the difficulty of the task, would they have elicited such an outpouring of sympathy [and votes]. She just laughed... and laughed... and laughed.
Tuesday, January 08, 2008 @ 11:36 AM
Since when is a brief glimpse into a leader’s soul enough to shake our confidence in his emotional suitability for the Oval Office? The honest answer is: never. A rare glimpse into the soul of a strong, seasoned male leader would only reinforce his humanity. He would go up a notch or two in our eyes for being “strong enough” to show a little emotion.
But change the gender of the leader and the rules change instantly. How is it that :45 seconds of Senator Clinton baring a bit of her soul, showing us the emotion and passion behind her presidential aspirations have become a defining moment of her historic campaign?
And that male candidate would have been laughed off the campaign trail by the next day.When it comes to being tough enough, durable enough, confident enough, strong enough to be President of the United States, one has to question the qualifications of a candidate that feels compelled to cry about how difficult it has been to campaign in the first three states [I'm giving credit for Wyoming].
But Hillary's a woman and she needs to be allowed to show her "softer side."
As Bill's wife... maybe; as President of the United States... no friggin' way.There is a difference between being sympathetic or empathetic and being emotional and weak. Let's not get confused.
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