Sarah Palin said Friday there's a "double-standard" for female politicians who get all verklempt on the public stage.
"I'm sure that I would be knocked a little bit," predicted Palin on ABC's "Good Morning America" about what would happen if she welled up while giving a speech about opportunity and children. The tears that so often accompany House speaker-in-waiting John Boehner's remarks on these topics, in contrast, get a "pass," she said.
"I don't know if a woman would be given a pass necessarily," Palin told Robin Roberts during a sit-down at her Alaska home in wintery Wasilla.
Women in politics have to "be that much tougher," Palin added.
But is that right?
Many of the most prominent anecdotes about the impact of public tears on political fates are as old as the Gran Torino Clint Eastwood polished in the eponymous movie.
These days, we are awash in misty moments and not only do they not seem to hurt politicians of either gender, the most prominent recent instance of a female politician getting choked up actually helped her more than being tough or angry at that moment would have.
Could Hillary Clinton have made a comeback in New Hampshire without her vulnerable moment in a Portsmouth coffee shop in January 2008? Both Bill and Hillary Clinton have credited her emotional response to a question about how she copes with opening a path to victory in the state.