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Cry, Boehner, cry

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When John Boehner (R-OH) cries during 60 Minutes interview by Lesley Stahl.

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But other female politicians spanning the spectrum from Nancy Pelosi to Sarah Palin understand that it's treacherous to show any weakness or vulnerability. Big Girl politicians don't cry. They feel the need to - and this is my least favorite modern phrase - man up.

Consider how Pelosi brought down the gavel on Boehner's tears. "You know what? He is known to cry," she said after Boehner's election night episode. "He cries sometimes when we're having a debate on bills. If I cry, it's about the personal loss of a friend or something like that. But when it comes to politics - no, I don't cry."

Palin, likewise, doesn't cry. Watch her club the halibut or shoot the caribou. I flipped channels after Boehner's blubbering and watched Palin blast Kate Gosselin for getting all sniffly about the rigors of camping in the Alaska cold.

So I thought the ladies of "The View" had it wrong - and did women a disservice when they lit into Boehner. They should have celebrated his tearfulness and argued for gender equity in crying.

"Weeper of the House," sniffed Joy Behar.

"This guy has an emotional problem," said host Barbara Walters, she of the more-tears-the-better celebrity interview. "Every time he talks about anything that's not 'raise taxes,' he cries."

Barbara, you of all people should know better. Mr. Speaker, I'm with you. Have a hankie.

ruthmarcus@washpost.com


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