Hats off to Sarah Palin. While others are bickering about trivial superficialities — health care, the economy, and other inconsequential distractions — Ms. Palin has seized upon an issue of genuine substance: White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel’s characterization of certain Senate liberals as “f***ing retarded”.
Now some will say that this is a niggling point, and that there are other, more pressing issues that dwarf this petty faux pas, but I can certainly see why Ms. Palin has her Irish up over this. Words can hurt, and it is shocking for a man in Mr. Emanuel’s prominent position to display such callous disregard for the feelings of the nation’s congenital imbeciles. Indeed, given that Mr. Emanuel is the President’s “right-hand man” in his dealings with Congress, one would have to be some sort of brain-dead vegetable not to see that this sort of insensitivity could leave Mr. Obama a political cripple in future negotiations (and of course, to have his proxy speak so carelessly, and so damagingly, must be particularly galling to someone as articulate as Mr. Obama). Criticism of the President’s judgment is already heating up, and a mis-step like this is sure to throw another faggot on the fire, blackening his reputation even further — especially with those members of his base who already see him as something of an Indian-giver for having welshed on so many of his campaign promises. The last thing the President needs is to expose another chink in his armor while his his political opponents continue to nip at his heels.
Make no mistake about that Sarah Palin! She may be out of politics for the moment, but she’s still one heap tough squaw, and she’s on the war-path.