Salena Zito

Rooney, who was in Murphy’s wedding, said both men can put party affiliation aside when making legislative decisions because they were trained to put country first.

“I joke that when I am getting beat up from both the left and the right, I am making the right decisions,” Murphy said.

Both agree that their military training guides them. “Politics always stops at the water’s edge,” Murphy said. “Actions speak.”

And both want to see more veterans elected to Congress.

“As far as women in leadership go, well, without my wife’s skills in juggling everything, I would have never been elected,” Rooney said.

We have a long history of veterans serving in the country’s highest office, from George Washington to Andrew Jackson to William McKinley (who once said he thought "major" was the only title he ever earned, despite being a congressman, governor and president), Theodore Roosevelt to Dwight Eisenhower, and others.

Women have made their mark for years. Between Hillary Clinton's serious run for the presidency and, now, Sarah Palin's entrance onto the national stage, it is difficult to say the door to the White House has not already been kicked open by them.

While neither woman was successful, few Americans still believe women are unqualified to be president. They may not like Hillary or Sarah, but they would find it tough to rule out women as a group.

Yet as long as mainstream-media such as Newsweek fail to see the sexist editorial choices of their cover and inside photos of Palin, women will find more and more common ground over which to unite.

One need look no further than political-battleground Pennsylvania to see potentially another "year of the woman" brewing.

After this month's statewide election, most commentators noted that Republicans did better than Democrats in a state Obama won by double digits – but most failed to note that Republican women far outdid their male counterparts.

Salena Zito

Salena Zito is a political analyst, reporter and columnist.