When it comes to getting picked on, politicians’ kids are off-limits. Depending on who the parents are, that is.

GOP staffer Elizabeth Lauten criticized Sasha and Malia Obama on Facebook — and the ensuing public outcry prompted her to resign. But you know who’s still sitting pretty after dragging a politician’s daughter through the mud?

Costello, if you’ll recall, giddily salivated Bristol Palin’s possible assault. She never really apologized for that. And her career is doing juuuuuuust fine.

Sometimes a picture says it best:

Double standards, indeed.

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