FEBRUARY 8, 2010 1:30AM

Palin Calls Her "Special Needs" Son Trig A "Kook."

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In a clumsy attempt to explain why Rahm Emanuel should be fired for his callous use of the term "fucking retard" while Rush Limbaugh should get a get-out-of-jail-free card for the same offense, Sarah Palin inadvertently and indirectly ended up referring to her own son Trig, who has Down Syndrome, as a "kook."

Rahm Emanuel Mouths Off. Sarah Palin Responds.

In an August, 2009 meeting with Congressional Democrats, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel called some of the more liberal members of the caucus "fucking retards" for not supporting President Obama's health care bill.

The "indignant“ future President Palin commented, via Facebook, "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.”

Fair enough.

Mrs. Palin, or anyone else in her situation, should not have to listen to some left-wing blowhard spout hateful rhetoric that mocks the condition of her youngest child.

Boss Limbaugh Weighs In.

Fast-forward a day or two to the remarks made by Palin's boss, the right-wing blowhard, unrepentant drug addict, and leader of the GOP, Rush Limbaugh.

Limbaugh insisted that there is nothing wrong with “calling a bunch of people who are retards, retards.”

Limbaugh continued, “So now there’s going to be a meeting,” he said. “There’s going to be a retard summit at the White House.” He went on to accuse the "drive-by media" of attempting to goad Mrs. Palin into distancing herself from Limbaugh.

Palin Comments On Limbaugh

When asked about Limbaugh's remarks on FOX News (where else), Palin replied, "They (Congressional Democrats) are kooks, so I agree with Rush Limbaugh.  Rush Limbaugh was using satire.  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, as has been reported, did say that. There is a big difference there."

"They are kooks so I agree with Rush Limbaugh?"  Really Mrs. Palin? 

First of all, Rush Limbaugh was talking about the exact same group of people that Rahm Emanuel was. 

Secondly, and worst of all, Palin took the "unacceptable and heartbreaking" bite out of the term "retard," equating it with the rather innocuous word "kook." 

In the process she calls into question the sincerity of the pain that she feels when her beloved little boy is denigrated.

I'm sure that this was an unintended consequence of her brazen refusal to call out Boss Limbaugh, but by equating the terms "kook" and "fucking retard" she has insulted and mocked her own son, and millions of other special-needs children.  Robin Williams is a kook, Mrs. Palin.  Down Syndrome children are not kooks.  Trig Palin is not a kook.

If I Was Advising Sarah Palin

If I was advising Sarah Palin, and for some odd reason she hasn't called, I would have recommended that she say to El Rushbo, "While in the past I have found Rush Limbaugh to be an important voice for the conservative movement, his mocking of people with special needs is inexcusable and has no place in any political movement that I want to be a part of." 

A statement like that would have increased her credibility and helped prove that she is not beholden to the GOP kingmaker.  A statement like that would have sounded, dare I say, presidential.

Maybe one day when Trig is older she can tell him the story about how she let Rush Limbaugh walk all over her, and Trig, because she was afraid to offend a man who makes millions of dollars by being offensive. Ironic huh?

Is Sarah Palin A Fucking Retard?

What I've learned from Sarah Palin is that either Rush Limbaugh does not have the stature of Rahm Emanuel, or as long as the bile that you spew is satirical, you're immune from the wrath of the "half-term Governor."

On another timely Palin subject, apparently she had to write crib notes on her hand, in true third grade fashion, so that she could remember her three foreign policy talking points.

With all of this I'm tempted to say that maybe Sarah Palin is too fucking retarded to be the President of the United States, but I'm not sure that I'm being satirical enough for her... so I better not cross that line.

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If she said or did something rational or logical, I would be amazed. The weird ass-folly continues.....
Sarah, baby..... Before I could be able to call you a fucking retard, I'd have to move you up several notches from my current thinking of you as a simple hick moron.

Another day or another time you'd be at best merely a miserable scumbag, but with those elections looming I'm sure you're going to pull some stupid phrase or create some action directly out of your ass that will boost you to a position of "Retard" 1st class.

And also, Trig is a friend of mine, and is definitely a kook.....and may well be a 'fuck-tard,' according to his brother. They are both welcome here, and treated with respect, and are not offended by much of anything.

Which is how we like them.
"If I was advising Sarah Palin, and for some odd reason she hasn't called..." Someone should really talk to her about calling you. I cannot stand this woman.
"If I was advising Sarah Palin, and for some odd reason she hasn't called..." Someone should really talk to her about calling you. I cannot stand this woman.
I really wish she and her camp would stop referring to her as "Governor Palin". Hell, she was barely even the Governor and she certainly isn't anymore.
I do call him a fucktard Ginny, but that's acceptable usage between brothers; I take the sting out by spelling it "foux-tard" in the Gallic fashion. Regarding Sarah, well, she might not be a fucking retard, but she does a nice job of playing one on TV.
I know she's confused about the Korea thing, and it's not much of a stretch to muddy her waters a little more into southeast asia territories, so it could have been worse --- she might have called her kid a "gook." Or maybe that's what she really meant, in her twisted unthinking little head of hers.
Roger, I understand you write for effect. Like so many obsessed with Sarah Palin, common sensibilities are cast aside to push buttons and get a reaction.

You do understand how you demean yourself when you type sentences so stupid as to disqualify everything else you post.

For example, "In the process she calls into question the sincerity of the pain that she feels when her beloved little boy is denigrated."

You really couldn't mean that..so why write such idiocy? Or did you mean it???
palin/lush 2012 with the moron joe zollo as chief of the looney bin.

Excellent work, as always, Roger.

The Palin show is nonstop entertainment. Now that she's got herself a place on the stage I can't wait to see what she does with it. A face-off with Rush would be cringe-making comedy gold.
Oh that Sarah Palin, she is a cunning linguist indeed!
Lately I hear "libtard" a lot, from the unwashed right.

Late night comedy club culture is now a 24-hr reality. I expect edgy comedians to be realists, and thus use the words we use, thrown back at us. If you act like a palsied, smirking, hypocritial, retarded, senile douchebag, and can vote NO on health care (lookin at you, Joe Leiberman) then i expect comedians to point this out.

I also would not not say this in most settings. Well, the douchbags and smirky part I would. No offense to rubber bags and hoses.
Maybe what we need is a moratorium of one week during which time neither the American public or the media is allowed to discuss, dissect, analyze, interpret, reinterpret, compare, contrast, consider, or parse the meanings of individual words or phrases spoken by any public figure. I'm not sure where we'd be at the end of the week but I'd like to find out.
I've got an idea--let's get rid of the retards in government and Fox News and ralk radio and replace them all with folks with Down's Syndrome.

The one's I've met are generally pretty nice and easygoing people and can be reasoned with.
How do you spell HYPOCRACY anyway? This nitwit, never could get it right!
Speaking from someone who works with special needs children, and has a lot of love for those kids, it is never okay to use that kind of language. I'm sure we can come up with better terms to describe someone. For Rush Limbaugh my suggestion is "douchebag", and for Sarah Palin, "blockhead".
I don't think her retarded son is named "Trig". Isn't Trig her oldest son and also blogger on Open Salon? Anyway, the Right Wing Fascists are appalling hypocrites and contradict themselves repeatedly. They're so anti-choice, yet support war and torture. Abortion is as old as the human race, as is infanticide, but to these self-righteous pricks, "those who don't exist" are far more important than the 17 million children already alive in this country and at great risk as to their futures due to poverty, over-stressed parents, etc. Furthermore, it's OK to kill, maim, torture Iraqis, but abortion is a MAJOR CRIME, and also yet another attack on whores....I mean, women. One has only to watch corporate-controlled TV to learn what the Right Wing thinks of women: they're whores and bleached blonde bimbos!!

Of course, social progress is slow due to the fact that two-thirds of the world's population is only average in intelligence with another 16% being below average. Only 16% of the entire world's population is above average. I think this explains why the likes of Palin and Limbaugh have an audience!

Doesn't Palin know that Republicans, Fascists, and the Right Wing in general would gladly do away with all services for special needs' people (among other social services as , for example, for the elderly, the mentally ill, etc.), and if they die as a result, then they die. Rush said exactly this only recently. Such hypocrisy! Yet, the Republicans are the "pro-life" party?! Even the dim-witted must see the inconsistencies and hypocrisy of the Right!!
"If she said or did something rational or logical, I would be amazed."
-- Me too!

I would love for Sarah and Rush to disappear! She talked out of both sides of her mouth on this one. First criticizing then backing Rush on the same damn thing! And she is supposed to be impressing us?
Well I bet you can't see Russia from *your* house. _r
Roger one two three, yes I agree with you, that woman Sarah Palin is interesting as in the way she is refreshing, Sarah Palin wilderness girl, thats as far as I go with her. I would not see myself with her moxy, she is a hunter and I belive inherently that is the way in which she would pursue her arguments. I feel that she became protective of her son, which she has every right to. But Rush Limbaugh had come out and said the same exact thing, maybe targeting something else, but it shouldn't matter. The same bandaid is being used for the same wound. There is no one that wouldn't take offense who has a child that is retarted or down syndrome. Most people have developed a skin with regards to such things, it considered rude to make comments, a subject that is still full of it's own disadvantages. I can't imagine anyone wanting to make fun of something that someone has no control over, except for living with it's disadvantages. Some people do have a need to put themselves on a pedestal, and mock practically anybody that comes along that is different. THese people need a reality check, now for Rush, that reality check in the form of super liberal people that couldn't nor ever will give a crap for what ever he thinks or feels. They have learned to filter carefully the ignorance and huge sense of "I am better than you", thinking. He is bombastic and needs to reassure himself each and every day, that due to his strong sense of purpose, it is still a God given gift. He had such a desire to be in politics what stops him, he knows he has more power over the majority of people that he influences. People that listen to Palin, are not really sure about what they are going to hear, or how she would make it better. Most of her comments are smarmy, and she does not seem to command subjects that she would like to share her perceptions on. If she plans on speaking out about the issues of Retarded citizens, she should be prepared and against the use of the word in all of it's forms. Not okay for some, because those people she will need later to back her, they allready back her, just for the sake that she is a Republican, and she supports the GOP.
Been away all day. Thanks all for the comments.

Joe Zollo, yes I do believe everything that I wrote about Palin. How else do you explain her outrage with Emanuel while letting Limbaugh off the hook? It's more important for her to not piss off Limbaugh than it is to defend her baby son. That's all I need to know about her.

Thanks all.
Who needs credability when you have the right wing conspiracy throwing dollars at you?
And if I was advising Sarah Palin, I'd tell her to get naked at a press conference and challenge Michelle Obama to a jello wrestling contest on the Capitol Mall.
Love any and all of your posts on Sarah Palin. She should be keeping you busy for a long time to come!
As someone who has a family member with Downs, I take no offense when some uses the word retard. Retard, by itself, is a legitimate word. It means to delay or hold back in terms of progress, development, or accomplishment. So, anyone can be a retard. That Palin choose it to be about her, well, that's about ego, isn't it? And we've all seen how she is not above manipulating or using her children for her own purposes.
"Trig Palin is not a kook."

Maybe we need another term in order to distinguish between people who are mentally retarded thru no fault of their own on the one hand and the wilfully ignorant on the other hand. FUCKING IDIOT might do ("idiot" having long since lost its original meaning of, uh, retarded). Or FUCKING EVIL NAZI, how's that?