[Side note: We have scintillatingly inept DC-area local news teams. During our recent insane snowfall, the local news broadcast (ineptly) around the clock. There were thousands of risible technical difficulties ("Oh, sorry. We can't seem to connect to Chuck reporting from outside Pizza Palace in Alexandria. Let's go to Eleanor in Bethesda...oh, no. Can't reach her either...Here's some footage shot by a viewer stupid enough to be driving out in the snow." etc). Some of the most enjoyable TV I've seen in a while. What amused me most was they kept calling the storm "The Blizzard of Oh Ten." But I digress.]
So the latest claim in LEPRIOT is from Sarah Palin (h/t Andrew Sullivan). Not only did she brush off Limbaugh's use of "retard." She denied it.
I didn’t hear Rush Limbaugh calling a group of people whom he did not agree with ‘f-ing retards’ and we did know that Rahm Emanuel has been reported, did say that. There’s a big difference there. But again, name-calling, using language that is insensitive, by anyone, male, female, Republican, Democrat, is unnecessary. It’s inappropriate. Let’s all just grow up.Um.
Here's what Limbaugh said:
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. (Emphasis and disgust at immaturity mine)Actually, he did indeed call a group of people with whom he does not agree "retards." And he went one step further. He actually called cognitively disabled people "retards." On what planet is that not actually MORE insulting?! Only Planet Palin.
Which is the Kafkaesque bit. Sarah Palin has it set up so any criticism of her redounds to her credit. You can try to argue something, point out where she's wrong, point out her mistakes. Use logic. And nothing will ever get through. I think what conservatives don't understand is it is THAT which drives progressives so insane. Not the hunting. Not being pro-life. But the inability to even have a conversation that makes sense; to use similar standards of judgment about claims that are made. She actually has different truthmakers!