"There seems to be such an aggressive double standard for Republican women as opposed to Democrat women," writes Meghan McCain in a response to the Palin/Letterman controversy that has been kicking around for the past week.

"Would David Letterman ever make such a joke about President Obama's daughters (or for that matter Al Gore's, or substitute another high-profile Democratic politician," McCain asks, "President Obama's daughter Malia is not much younger than Willow, and I am certain that David Letterman would never make a joke about Malia being raped by Eliot Spitzer or refer to the first lady as looking 'slutty. Why is it funny to make fun of a 14-year-old girl, no matter who her mother is, let alone that of one of the most prominent female politicians in the country?"

McCain has a point, in that Letterman's remarks were not funny, and it should be considered off limits to make fun of the children of politicians, as they are children, and private citizens who did not ask to be placed in the spotlight. However, it's interesting that McCain blasts Letterman and makes the point about "an aggressive double standard for Republican women," considering her own father notoriously made nasty remarks about Chelsea Clinton, quipping, "Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly? Because her father is Janet Reno." Chelsea was 18 years old at the time.

"Is it too much to ask to leave a 14-year-old girl out of a late-night joke? Apparently in today's media, yes it is, especially when it is the daughter of a Republican politician," McCain writes. I guess it's also too much to ask for McCain to acknowledge that certain Republican politicians have also crossed the line when it comes to presidential daughters.

David Letterman's Double Standard [TheDailyBeast]
A Joke Too Bad To Print? [Salon]