“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.’” — Allegheny County, PA GOP chair Jim Roddey, at a Republican election night party, to a crowd who “hollered and clapped” at his “joke.”
I wonder if Sarah Palin would consider Roddey’s usage of the label “mentally retarded” as “ironic,” such as when Rush Limbaugh uses it. Or if intentionally insulting an Obama supporter by calling him “mentally retarded” would be considered a “slur on all God’s children with cognitive and developmental disabilities – and the people who love them – is unacceptable…” such as when a Democrat uses the term?
You never can tell how such insults / jokes (and potential calls for apologies) will go when it’s straight up GOP on GOP crime and incorrectness. There wouldn’t even be a moment’s consideration if a Republican used this term all the time if it wasn’t for Li’l Triggers mom — and maybe that’s the one, single good thing about her. But if I had to guess, I’d say it will be overlooked and ignored — after all, he is a very important Pennsylvania GOP chair and she’s a former half-term governor and one-season only reality tv star.
God, what a nest of snakes.