By Robert Schlesinger, Thomas Jefferson Street blog
Sarah Palin took umbrage recently with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel for remarks he made, privately, to the effect that querulous Democrats were "f*****g retarded" for planning to run attack ads against centrist Democratic lawmakers. As the mother of special needs child, condemned Emanuel and demanded his resignation, prompting bloleague Jack Farrell to wonder why the conservative icon was suddenly embracing political correctness. Apparently Jack's not the only one. Rush Limbaugh, also came to Rahm's defense, in his own way, castigating "our political correct society" for "acting like some giant insult's taken place by calling a bunch of people who are retards, retards." (More after the jump.)
So will Palin now turn on Limbaugh? He implicitly took a shot at her--the hubbub doesn't stem from "our political correct society," but from one high profile former Alaska governor. Of course various GOPers from Michael Steele on down have criticized Limbaugh only to have to walk back their comments and pay homage before the golden microphone. But if anyone has the standing to take on Rush it's the Sarahcuda. Maybe the sporadic feminist can also have words with the radio announcer regarding his comment that he loves "the women's movement--especially when walking behind it."
Here, via Think Progress (which also has the audio), is Limbaugh's full riff on Democratic "retards" and Rahm's upcoming "retard summit":
LIMBAUGH: Our political correct society is acting like some giant insult’s taken place by calling a bunch of people who are retards, retards. I mean these people, these liberal activists are kooks. They are looney tunes. And I’m not going to apologize for it, I’m just quoting Emanuel. It’s in the news. I think their big news is he’s out there calling Obama’s number one supporters f’ing 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.
Gov. Palin? Your move.