While I was out traveling last week, it seems that the GOP's poster-child for mediocrity, Sarah "When the going gets tough, the tough quit" Palin started a ruckus by complaining about the use of the word "Retard" by the likes of Rahm Emanual (reference HERE). For the record, I think that Emanual is, at best, a bully. Like most bullies, the most effective way to handle him is to ignore him, that is of course unless you are just looking for publicity yourself. Anyway, that little ditty in mind, Alaska's finest then went on to claim during a Fox News interview with Chris Wallace that some CAN use the wold "Retard" and it is okay, as it constitutes "satire".
So let me get this straight: Rahm Emanaul says "Retard" and it is grounds for firing. Rush Limbaugh says "Retard" and it is satire. Seems fishy to me, and I'm not talking about Alaska salmon. Yes, I did read that Gov. Palin later went on to say that Limbaugh's use of the word was inappropriate, but that was on the heels of the "satire" defense.
Watch Stephen Cobert's take on this whole mess HERE.
I think the whole thing is a test case in what's wrong with Sarah Palin and why she doesn't deserve any position in the modern GOP: She doesn't think things through (Shopping sprees anyone?) and she seems intent on always appealing on an emotional level. Funny, but isn't one of Rush Limbaugh's consistent criticisms of Liberals that they tend to always appeal on an emotional level? Maybe that's simply "satire" too.
As for me, I think hypocrisy is far worse than the misuse of slang, especially when practiced by public figures who should know better.