A columnist for the NYT speculates on the “gender inequity” when it comes to Congressional sex scandals…..basically name the last elected female to have a tearful press conference confessing to “bad judgement.”
?The shorthand of it is that women run for office to do something, and men run for office to be somebody,? said Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. ?Women run because there is some public issue that they care about, some change they want to make, some issue that is a priority for them, and men tend to run for office because they see this as a career path.?
?I have no hard evidence that women are less likely to engage in risky or somewhat stupid behavior,? Ms. Pearson said. ?But women in Congress are still really in a situation where they have to prove themselves to their male colleagues and constituents. There?s sort of this extra level of seriousness.?
So do you buy the idea that female politicians are more serious or could it be that the MSM just would rather not know about the congressional version of “Girls Gone Wild?”