Monday, December 13, 2010

Only Republicans can cry in public

Rep. John Boehner sat down with Lesley Stahl for a 60 Minutes interview that aired Sunday, but the most talked-about part of the interview wasn't anything the future House speaker said (although the fact that he "rejects the word 'compromise'" got a few headlines), it was what he did - cry. For the second time since election night, the minority leader choked up with the cameras rolling.

I've got to say, if Barack Obama teared up in a televised interview, Republicans would never let us hear the end of it. There's nothing wrong, in my opinion, with showing strongly felt emotion. Remember when National Review/CNBC/Big Government's Larry Kudlow lamented Obama hugging Rahm Emmanuel at a press conference? "It did not send a message of American power and forcefulness." Kudlow fretted -- probably with a purpose.

Everybody's having a laugh today at Boehner's tears. But nobody is really trying to make the case that American prestige is threatened by them. It's a double-standard -- a fairly small one, as they go, but still.

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