Just when I thought Sarah Palin had made a valid point, she goes and shows just how spineless and hypocritical she is.
The former Alaska governor and one-time Republican vice presidential nominee made a big deal last week about the use of the slur “fucking retarded” by White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. Palin, who is the mother of a child with Down syndrome, said the remark was inappropriate and that Emanuel should be fired. We agreed, although for various reasons.
But now, it seems, it's OK for radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh to use the word whenever he sees fit, according to Palin.
During an appearance on Fox News Sunday, Palin defended Limbaugh’s use of the term "retarded," describing it as “satire” when used against people he disagrees with.
"They are kooks, so I agree with Rush Limbaugh," Palin said on the show. "I didn't hear Rush Limbaugh calling a group of people whom he did not agree with 'f-ing retards,' and we did know that Rahm Emanuel, as has been reported, did say that. There is a big difference there."
Umm, not really.
The Wall Street Journal that quoted Emanuel telling progressive groups last summer they were “fucking retarded” if they ran TV commercials criticizing conservative Democrats who opposed parts of Obama’s health care reform efforts. In other words, Emanuel used the term toward people he disagreed with, just as Limbaugh does.
We know Republicans are loathe to criticize their de facto leader, though; witness Republican National Chairman Michael Steele's apology to Limbaugh a few months ago. He was merely following a sad pattern already set by other GOP leaders: "All hail Rush!"
Unfortunately, Palin has a history of making hypocritical statements.
The latest involves her criticism against President Obama for using a TelePrompTer recently while taking at an elementary school. While speaking at the first national Tea Party Convention in Nashville, Palin used a similar palm-sized device, known as "notes on her hand."
During the speech this weekend, Palin said she might run for president in 2012. Please do, Sarah: Not only could we use the entertainment, but you’re sure to split the Republican vote.