In case you haven’t caught this flap, Rahm Emmanuel, well known for his, ah, “colorful” oratory, was quoted referring to Republicans Democrats as “retarded” — and Palin jumped, criticizing him, Rush Limbaugh by proxy, and maybe even Glenn Beck, for translating a group descriptor into a pejorative.
Good! This marks the first time I’ve agreed with Sarah Palin, ever, but it’s a good place to start. I wonder if she’ll join me in expanding her horizons, to cover other insulting middle school slurs?
“That’s so gay” presents the same harms — maybe even more. But I won’t hold my breath. Ah well. One more.
UPDATE: Palin, or Palin’s aides, wimped out of attacking Limbaugh. Apparently, bad language is only offensive to her if it (1) affects someone she [supposedly] cares about, and (2) is spoken by an ideological opponent. Failure of either condition renders the comment acceptable.