I want to know what this is all about.
In 1972, Ed Muskie's presidential campaign derailed when he became emotional defending his wife against slander. We can't have a man in the Presidency who will cry when someone says his wife is a foul-mouthed drunk - now, can we?
Also in 1972, Thomas Eagleton had to step down after being nominated for the Vice Presidency, when McGovern found out he was on Thorazine; Eagleton's doctors told McGovern that they had grave concerns about Eagleton's mental health. (Aren't you glad they can't do that any more?) We can't have a crazy man in the Presidency - now, can we?
In 2006, Howard Dean allowed himself to scream in frustration, after coming in third in the Iowa caucuses, and eliminated any possibility of higher office. I've often felt that we'd be in better shape if the President occasionally went into a room and screamed, but nobody listens to me.
With all this evidence that our political leaders must be Strong, Silent types who never emote in public - suddenly we have Speaker of the House John Boehner, who leaks like a sieve at the least provocation. Why is it now Just Fine that a man who cries in public is third in line for the Presidency? Have we really evolved that much, or is it only Democrats who aren't allowed to display emotion? Think about it.