There is an old stereotype about women in politics, one that was articulated by a man named Mark Rudolph back in 2008 on the Fox News Channel in an interview with Bill O'Reilly.
"You get a woman in the oval office, the most powerful person in the world, what's the downside?" O'Reilly asked.
Rudolph's answer: "You mean beside the PMS and the mood swings, right?"
Moments later he said he was joking. But for women in politics, questions or jokes about temperament are familiar.