I’ve been getting pretty frustrated with the usually reliable Keith Olbermann‘s inability to nail Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin on Limbaugh’s use of the term “retard.” Sure, he has posited Palin as a hypocrite, but several times he has repeated Rush’s and Palin’s dueling assertions that he was “quoting” Rahm Emanuel, or that he was being “satirical,” without really challenging it.
Luckily, Stephen Colbert actually knows what the word “satire” means, and deployed a pile of it on Palin and Rush last night.
As I’ve said before, Rush was obviously not quoting Rahm Emanuel, and if he was satirizing anyone, it was Palin for trying to police his use of the word “retard.” He clearly actually thinks it’s OK to use the word “retard” as an insult, even if he’s afraid to stand by it.
Look, it’s a free country, you’re allowed to say “retard,” but I’m also allowed to say you’re a gutless jerk for it, and I’m also allowed to say that Sarah Palin can take her crocodile tears for the families of the disabled and dip some tea bags in ’em. Apparently, those folks will swallow anything.
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