Rahm Emanuel said an idea was "f**king retarded." That, I suggested, was unlovely, but didn't warrant Sarah Palin calling for his resignation. Lo these many hours ago, I said, "I do believe it is something of a dead metaphor. If Emanuel had actually, intentionally, singled out a disabled person (or the disabled community) for actual intentional ridicule, he probably should be fired. Or severely reprimanded. But he didn't. I know he didn't. You know damn well he didn't. Just as I don't when I use dumb, or lame, or idiot, or stupid, or moron, etc."
But Rush Limbaugh, bless his black, shriveled heart, did.
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 mine. Gross indecency his.)Need it be pointed out that there are differences between saying descriptively that someone is mentally retarded, calling a proposal "retarded," and calling cognitively disabled people "retards"? Well. It may indeed need be, but it's pointless. People like this man because they believe he tells it like it is. He is a popular cultural commentator. He will be defended for this.