Sarah Palin called for Rahm Emanuel to be fired.
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin is calling on President Barack Obama to fire White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel over Emanuel's penchant for using profanity and a statement he made that was derogatory of the handicapped. Really.
The 2008 vice presidential candidate put up a Facebook post on Monday evening arguing that Emanuel's offending slur (in which he said that liberal groups thinking of running health care-related ads against Democratic lawmakers were "F---ing retarded") was no less the equivalent of using the "N-word."
I would ask the president to show decency in this process by eliminating one member of that inner circle, Mr. Rahm Emanuel, and not allow Rahm's continued indecent tactics to cloud efforts. Yes, 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.
The Obama Administration's Chief of Staff scolded participants, calling them, "F---ing retarded," according to several participants, as reported in the Wall Street Journal.
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.
The Emanuel remark was reported recently by The Wall Street Journal but dates back to the heat of the health care wars in August. And it certainly wasn't the first time the chief of staff (known for an acid tongue) has leveled an odious broadside at one group or another from his perch in the West Wing.
Palin presumably seized on this one because of her own experience with the issue -- her youngest child, of course, suffers from Down syndrome. But it's hard to ignore the fact that making hay out of "controversies" like these is her political trademark, regardless of whether there is a personal tie to the matter.
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Hey, you big bully. What's the idea, hitting that little bully?
- Otis B. Driftwood
They say America lacks public intellectuals, but just look at Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh's week-long exploration of "retard." It's like Anna Akhmatova and Isaiah Berlin are together again. The late-night dialogue turns into the delicate shimmer of interlaced rainbows, only with assholes.
It started last Monday, on Palin's Facebook page, where she was trying to score some cheap political points off the fact that she has a son with Down syndrome, and Rahm Emanuel once said "fucking retards." (He was referring to voters who expected Obama to fight for things.)
"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." -- Sarah Palin 2/1/10
Sarah hadn't seen it herself, because it was in a newspaper. But "a patriot" told her about it. Really. On Wednesday, Rush weighed in. This went beyond party politics. Someone had to stand up for boorishness on principle.
"Our politically correct society is acting like some giant insult's taken place by calling a bunch of people who are retards, retards ... I'm not going to apologize for it." - Rush Limbaugh 2/3/10
He went on to say "retard" or "retarded" twenty-seven times. On Sunday, someone asked Sarah Palin how she liked them apples, and she replied:
"He was satirical in that... Rush Limbaugh was using satire. So I agree with Rush Limbaugh." - Sarah Palin 2/7/10
Yum. Delicious apples.
Of course, you know all this. The knock on Sarah Palin is that she's applying two different standards, one for Rush Limbaugh, because he's a friend, and another for Rahm Emanuel, because he can do the crossword puzzle. But I think there's something even creepier going on. Here's what Limbaugh said Tuesday:
"I only hope here that Rahm doesn't go out and call these people another F-ing unfortunate name out there, folks, because I'll have to repeat it in another satire." Rush Limbaugh 2/9/10
Notice how he said "satire?" It's a quintessential bully move. He said it because she said it when she said it was okay for him to insult her children. He said it to let her know that he knows that he made her eat shit.
Just like he did with Michael Steele and Phil Gingrey and Mark Sanford and Todd Tiahrt and Jim Tedisco and every other Republican who ever crossed him.
And I suppose he's just a schoolyard head case, but that's really horrible. You have to really hate someone to know they have a retarded son, and say retarded twenty-seven times, just to remind them who's boss. She almost doesn't deserve it.
There was something else nagging at me, though. I'd seen this exchange somewhere before. Some other miserable couple in a fight about power disguised as a fight about words. And then it hit me: It was Petruchio and Katharina.
PETRUCHIO Good Lord, how bright and goodly shines the moon!
The moon! the sun: it is not moonlight now.
I say it is the moon that shines so bright.
I know it is the sun that shines so bright.
Say as he says, or we shall never go.
Forward, I pray, since we have come so far,
And be it moon, or sun, or what you please.
An if you please to call it a rush-candle,
Henceforth I vow it shall be so for me.
I say it is the moon.
I know it is the moon.
Nay, then you lie: it is the blessed sun.
Then, God be bless'd, it is the blessed sun:
But sun it is not, when you say it is not,
And the moon changes even as your mind.
What you will have it nam'd, even that it is;
And so it shall be so for Katharina.
Oh my God.
They're in love.
It's The Taming of the Shrew.
Only with assholes.
Former Alaska governor and Fox News analyst Sarah Palin spoke to a crowd of Republican Party activists in Arkansas yesterday, where she lavished praise on the Tea Party movement and played down speculation that she might run for president in 2012. She also then mocked Twitter:
When she was asked what she believed was the number one threat to America today, several audience members shouted, “Obama!”
Arkansas Republican Party Chairman Doyle Webb, who moderated the Q&A session, responded by adding, “Besides Obama.”
Palin then chimed in as many in the crowd laughed.
“See, they said that, I didn’t,” she said. “Just you watch now, too, because somebody will be here with their little Twittering thing, and it’s going to be on the Internet any minute now.“
It’s unclear what Palin has against the “little Twittering thing,” considering she is also on Twitter (@SarahPalinUSA) and has actually been noted for supposed new media saviness. Last night’s event in Little Rock’s 18,000-seat Verizon Arena had a significant number of empty seats. In fact, fewer than half the seats “in the lower bowl were occupied, and the entire upper level was shrouded by black drapes.” In the hours before the Palin event, “the Arkansas GOP was advertising on its web site a heavily discounted ‘$20 ticket special.’”