The Crying Game

I will probably get slammed for posting this video, but it raises an interesting question…

If Barak Obama or John Edwards were to have done the same thing what would be said? 

I have no problem with a candidate showing emotion.  Running for President is an emotional endeavor. But would Edwards or Obama be given a pass if they showed the same level of emotion?


I do recall that Edmund Muskie’s tears helped cost him his bid for the Presidency in 1972.

From Wikipedia

The collapse of Muskie’s momentum early in the 1972 campaign is also attributed to his response to campaign attacks. Prior to the New Hampshire primary, the so-called “Canuck Letter” was published in the Manchester Union-Leader. The letter claimed that Muskie had made disparaging remarks about French-Canadians – a remark likely to injure Muskie’s support among the French-Canadian population in northern New England. Subsequently, the paper published an attack on the character of Muskie’s wife Jane, reporting that she drank and used off-color language during the campaign.

Muskie made an emotional defense of his wife in a speech outside the newspaper’s offices during a snowstorm. Though Muskie later stated that what had appeared to the press as tears were actually melted snowflakes, the press reports that Muskie broke down and cried shattered the candidate’s image as calm and reasoned.

Just food for thought, and a bit of a history lesson.

  8 comments for “The Crying Game

  1. January 8, 2008 at 2:33 am

    Chris, I’m more bothered by how much media attention this is getting, the day before a primary? It’s not like she broke down sobbing, it’s a show of emotion, a very controlled one, but human and not that much of a story to me.

    Why is this such a big deal?

  2. Andrew Davey
    January 8, 2008 at 6:35 am


    I agree. Why is the MSM so obsessed with attacking Hillary? If anything, I suspect this may have led to her breakdown yesterday. This was just so real, so raw… Hell, I was crying WITH Hillary when I saw that! It just told me how committed she really is to her cause of fighting for us.

    I know I may be blasted here for defending Hillary on this, but I am just utterly disgusted by the way the MSM is obsessing over this and arguing over whether or not it’s “real”. I could tell it was real, and I could really feel her pain in that moment.

    I just feel so terrible that her whole entire campaign may have to end like this. 🙁

  3. January 8, 2008 at 7:56 am

    OMG she’s a woman! She cries! She bleeds! She gives birth!

    And she wants to be President?

    This will NEVER do.

  4. January 8, 2008 at 9:28 am

    If Hillary is tired, she may want to consider some kind of iron supplement. It would be sad to see her take it in the shorts simply because she’s pooped.

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  5. January 8, 2008 at 10:01 am

    Gila, she also has breasts, oh the horrors of it all. I’m a little more concerned for people who can’t cry when upset. To imagnie the kind of pressure all of these candidates are under is insane. She’s got quite a bit on her shoulders. God forbid Hillary be human.

    Andrew – I don’t think the MSM is obsessed with attacking her, I think they think she makes a compelling story. The rise and the fall of the inevitable or however the spin it. They don’t care about what’s best for this country anymore, it’s about ratings. And then to ask other candidates to comment on this? Why? It’s just wrong on so many levels.

  6. Andrew Davey
    January 8, 2008 at 10:14 am


    Well, I’ll agree with you on that. The media clearly doesn’t care about what’s best for our nation. They only care about maximizing their profits. That’s why I’ve been horrified all along by their treatment of Hillary as some “she-devil” when she was ahead, and now as a “pathetic b***h” as she’s falling behind. It horrifies me how the MSM is pandering to the ugliest sexist attitudes still hanging around, that they will go to to such low levels to attack a woman for ratings.

  7. Bladerunner
    January 8, 2008 at 10:17 am

    Gila— Well said(and funny too).

  8. January 8, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    I agree with what everyone’s said. No, I’m not a Hillary supporter, but I hate how the media has been treating her. Who cares if she teared up? Look how they treat her! And she’s gotten like zero hours of sleep lately, I’m sure.

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