Update: My two most recent statements in the comments section should clarify my thinking on this post.
Sarah Palin is upset.
She wants the White House Chief of Staff fired.
Seems Rahm Emmanuel used the word “retard.”
Oh, the horror! Oh, the outrage!
Emmanuel reportedly responded to some ideas floated by fellow democrats as “fucking retarded” during a white house strategy session.
Palin, whose youngest kid is retarded, was mortified. Her feelings were hurt. She was horrified. She was appalled. She was mortally offended by the use of the word “retard” and wrote on her facebook page that Emanuel's epitaph was "heartbreaking" and said his "degrading scolding" has been "completely ignored by the White House." She went on to say, "Just as we'd be appalled if any public figure of Rahm’s stature ever used the ‘N-word’ or other such inappropriate language, Rahm’s slur on all God's children with cognitive and developmental disabilities, and the people who love them, is unacceptable, and it’s heartbreaking.” [emphasis mine]
I love the way she managed to divert the manufactured insult onto herself with that “…and the people who love them…” aside. Wonderful bit of propaganda for her facebook toadies, that. The fact that it was completely fabricated in Palin’s fuzzy little mind is apparently beside to point. I read the transcript, I couldn’t find where Emmanuel said, “and a pox on those who love the little pinheads too.” But, hey, it’s all about Sarah, right? The self centered beauty queen will use any opportunity for attention, even her own handicapped child.
Yes, Emmanuel’s comment was coarse and perhaps thoughtless, but Palin’s self centered narcissism is downright despicable.
Palin went on to say, “Rahm is known for his caustic, crude references about those with whom he disagrees, but his recent tirade against participants in a strategy session was such a strong slap in many American faces that our president is doing himself a disservice by seeming to condone Rahm’s recent sick and offensive tactic.”
What’s this? Sick and offensive? Really?
Sarah Palin is offended by the use of the word “retard” and sickened by Emmanuel’s reported likening of his own lousy bowling ability to the Special Olympics? Palin is criticizing somebody else for attacking those whom they disagree with? Palin wants a man fired for using words she finds offensive? Are you kidding me?
Would it have been OK if instead of calling fellow democrats retarded, Emmanuel had referred to them as “terrorists” or “Arabs” or “Kenyans” or maybe “traitors?” Because apparently when it’s Palin who is making the “caustic, crude references” about those she disagrees with, well, that’s just common sense politics. Right?
What a load of moose manure.
It’s hysterical when the shoe is on the Conservative foot, isn’t it?
It’s just so goddamned funny how being offended by a liberal’s hateful or demeaning or thoughtless speech somehow isn’t political correctness. Funny how it’s not politically correctness when it’s Palin’s kid, isn’t it? When a Conservative is offended, I mean.
Funny how Palin thinks minorities in America should just suck it up and stop being so sensitive, how they should accept discrimination and ethnic profiling and nationalistic insults without protest, but when it comes to Palin’s little drooler, well, then politically correct outrage is just fine. Just fine indeed. Yes, as long as you’re a Conservative, or a Teabagger, or a Neocon.
It’s funny how when it’s Palin and her supporters who toss off thoughtless insults regarding the mental health of their enemies – e.g. Liberalism is a Mental Illness! – it’s somehow OK. Liberals should just suck that shit up, get a thicker skin, don’t be so sensitive, because after all Palin is just pointing out the truth, right? After all, if you disagree with Sarah Palin, you must be mentally defective. It’s funny how it’s OK to insult, slur, and mock everybody Palin doesn’t agree with, but somehow it’s not OK to use the term ‘retard’ in the same generic sense that damned near everybody in America does – and you can bet spoiled special perfect pretty little Sarah did too before she gave birth to a child with Down’s Syndrome.
Emmanuel didn’t say, “that idea is as retarded as Palin’s kid.” What he said was that for democrats to attack other democrats for disagreeing with the president was “fucking retarded,” i.e. the idea of further dividing the party was mentally defective. Blunt? Yes. Crude? Certainly. But Emmanuel wasn’t insulting handicapped kids, he was deliberately insulting Democrats who were behaving poorly. Was his comment politically correct? Hell no, of course not. Deliberately not, just as mine above are not. Just as Palin and the rest of the conservatives claim they want. The Chief of Staff used the term with malice aforethought in order to get the attention of his fellow Democrat’s and rub their noses in how idiotic they were acting. Emmanuel made no mention of Palin, any Palin. Sarah Palin had to go out of her way to be offended, exactly as she accuses minorities and the “politically correct” of doing. Exactly the same.
The difference, of course, being that little Trig Palin is one of God’s children, liberals apparently are not.
The staggering hypocrisy of this woman and the people who support her never ceases to astound me.
And I think her feigned outrage is downright retarded.