Remember what happened to Ed Muskie when he cried during the 1972 New Hampshire primary? There’s even a law—the Stolen Valor Act of 2005—that makes it a crime to wear a phony military decoration for heroism.
Too bad it doesn’t apply to phony tales told on the campaign trail. Hillary Clinton’s supporters like to claim that she has been treated harshly by the media because of her gender. Exactly the opposite is true. If she were being judged by the same standard we use to judge male candidates, she’d have been gone a long time ago.
Jack White is a former columnist for TIME.