Now that the historic healthcare legislation has been passed, naturally like sportscasters, political pundits have felt compelled to provide color commentary. One of the most interesting discussions I've heard concerns how the word "tough" is used to describe men & women. There appeared to be no dispute among the panelists on the show "Morning Joe" all of whom agreed that when it's said about a man, it is essentially a compliment while describing a woman that way summons other less flattering adjectives not suitable for printing. More to the point, being tough for women is not perceived as an effective tool in the workplace. Why? While much has changed over the years, we as a society are still not completely comfortable with powerful women. This belief was affirmed by Kate White, editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan. She noted that such is not the case when women are among themselves. Furthermore she believes that the next generation is far more comfortable than their predecessors. The discussion has been brewing all over the media because true or false, it's been widely held that while Obama is not tough [enough] & sufficiently experienced when it comes to handling the reins of the presidency, the same cannot be said for House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi. In fact, it seems to be universally believed that not only is she knowledgeable about how to wield power but she is comfortable doing it. Nonetheless it seems that a small woman with a large gavel is still a big problem for some. What do YOU think?