Isn't that a terrible thing to say in any headline? Not so, according to former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.
You see, I'm using humor by asking this question and that's good enough to get a pass from Palin, whose youngest child was born with Down syndrome.
Why even talk about this? Because I'm sick of the far right claiming there is a double standard in the news media.
Here is what happened. Rahm Emanuel, President Obama's Chief of Staff, responded to a liberal strategy group by using some un-cool, politically un-correct language.
When this liberal group advocated running advertisements against some conservative Democrats for their hesitation in supporting Obama's plans to overhaul health care insurance, Emanuel said that was !@#$%&* retarded.
Eventually the Wall Street Journal got a hold of the quote, ran with it and a huge crap storm ensued, led by Palin herself.
I actually backed her up on this one. Although retarded is a medical term it has been made into a slur word over the years and is now as taboo as using some racial slurs. Palin called for Obama to fire Emanuel, which I thought was a bit over the top, but like I said, I understood her anger.
Emanuel later apologized for his remarks.
Cut to this past Sunday on Fox News, or should I say Faux News? Palin was read a quote from every right-wing nut's hero, Rush Limbaugh, who had made some remarks about the Emanuel incident.
"Our political correct society is acting like some giant insult (has) taken place by calling a bunch of people who are retards, retards," Limbaugh spouted. "I think their big news is he's out there calling Obama's number one supporters !@#$%&* retards. So now there's going to be a meeting. There's going to be a retard summit at the White House."
Ouch! Damn Rush, that's kind of cold-hearted.
Palin's camp was asked to respond and her spokesperson, Meg Stapleton said, "Gov. Palin believes crude and demeaning name-calling at the expense of others is disrespectful."
Wow, way to let it rip. Notice she didn't call Limbaugh out, but left it ambiguous. But let's remember Palin's belief that name-calling is demeaning. She's even been quoted as saying, "Name-calling, using language that is insensitive, by anyone, male, female, Republican, Democrat, is unnecessary. It's inappropriate. Let's all just grow up."
Has Palin grown up?
Her response to Limbaugh's remarks on Faux News this past Sunday gave him a pass and she even found a way to throw in some name-calling herself, or as Palin says it, "name-callin'."
She claimed Limbaugh was just using political humor.
"They are kooks, so I agree with Rush Limbaugh," she said. "Rush Limbaugh was using satire... I didn't hear Rush Limbaugh calling a group of people whom he did not agree with !@#$%&* retards, and we did know that Rahm Emanuel, as has been reported, did say that. There is a big difference there."
Really? Palin says name-callin' is wrong but she calls left-wing nuts, kooks. She's probably right, but she's also a hypocrite.
As for what Limbaugh said, there is no difference, except that he didn't use a curse word before the insulting word. Palin is fond of saying there is a double-standard in the news media, but I only see her as a double-standard.
This is the same woman who called William Ayers a domestic terrorist. He is, or at least was. But she then flips to her usual double-standard when speaking about people who blow up abortion clinics, refusing to label them as terrorists. They are.
To her I'm sure they are freedom fighters. Remember though, every man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.
So Palin was right to be offended by Emanuel's comments and she has every right to not accept his apology. But for labeling Limbaugh's comments as political humor I have just one question to ask.
Is she retarded?