Here’s a blast from the past — specifically, early 2010.
Vice presidential candidate — and GOP future presidential candidate? — Sarah Palin took out after White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel today for referring to a group of liberal activists as “retarded.”
“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,” Palin wrote on her Facebook page. Palin’s son has Down’s Syndrome.
Not only did Palin suddenly turn all PC about hurtful speech, but so did the entire rightwing blogosphere. The consensus was that Rahm Emanuel needed to be fired from the White House — preferably out of a cannon.
Now here’s today:
Allegheny County, PA GOP chair Jim Roddey made a joke at a Republican election night party equating President Obama’s supporters with the mentally disabled, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Said Roddey: “There was a disappointment tonight. I was very embarrassed. I was in this parking lot and there was a man looking for a space to park, and I found a space for him. And I felt badly — he looked like he was sort of in distress. And I said, ‘Sir, here’s a place.’ And he said, ‘That’s a handicapped space.’ I said, ‘Oh I’m so sorry, I saw that Obama sticker and I thought you were mentally retarded.’”
According to the report, “the crowd hollered and clapped.”
So calling someone retarded used to be the worst thing ever — when a Democrat did it. When a Republican does it, wingnuts “hollered and clapped.”
Don’t expect Sarah Palin or the wingnut blogosphere to tear their hair out in outrage over this, because — as is always the case — everything’s OK when a Republican does it.