Let's say that as governor, Jennifer Granholm had pushed a massive tax increase and voters killed it by a 4-1 margin.
Do you think she would have gotten the blame?
Would newspapers have editorialized that it was a failure of her leadership? Would political observers blame her team for the poor messaging? Would there be jokes circulating around the Capitol that that's what happens when you put a woman in charge?
Of course. And aside from the sexist cracks, I would have been right there with them (Folks with long memories may recall I wasn't Granholm's biggest fan).