I posted recently about Sarah Palin’s fury over Family Guy‘s mocking portrayal of a character with Down’s Syndrome… I didn’t address a glaring inconsistency in her record on the use of words like “retard” and “retarded” because, frankly, I hadn’t gotten around to it. But it’s back in the news, so I’m on it.
Sarah Palin has repeatedly called for White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel to resign over his use of the word, but has defended conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh when he did the same. And I’m calling bullshit.
This latest controversy started when it was revealed that Rahm Emanuel called a group of liberals “fucking retards” for “planning to air attack ads against conservative Democrats opposed to health care reform.” She went on to say that “our president is doing himself a disservice by seeming to condone Rahm’s recent sick and offensive tactic.”
Okay, so it was an insensitive thing to say… I’m sure that I would be upset if he had called them “fucking faggots” instead. But calling on him to resign, and calling Emanuel’s angry and admittedly poor choice of words a “sick and offensive tactic” is a bit much.
But then, Rush Limbaugh goes on the air:
[O]ur politically correct society is acting like some giant insult’s taken place by calling a bunch of people who are retards, ‘retards.’ … So now there’s going to be a meeting, there’s going to be a Retard Summit at the White House, much like the Beer Summit between Obama and Gates and that cop in Cambridge. … Normally if you call somebody a retard, you apologize to them for calling them a retard. But he has apologized to the retarded people for daring to lump them with Democrats. It’s hilarious.
Of course you’d think Sarah Palin would freak out about these remarks… But no, she’s not that upset about Rush’s comments. “He was using satire, using the ‘r-word,’ so he could bring to light what is was that Rahm Emanuel was calling other people.”
Emanuel makes an angry and insensitive comment in private, back in August? Sick and offensive tactic, and he should be fired. Limbaugh repeatedly uses the word over and over again in a televised broadcast last week? Satire.
Palin gets righteously indignant when a key employee of a political opponent privately uses a word, then defends the repeated, deliberate, and public use of the same word? Bullshit.