Limbaugh 'Retard' Rant 'Crude And Demeaning': Palin
... but doesn't call for firing, as with Rahm Emanuel
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2010 7:22 PM CST
Updated Feb 4, 2010 7:49 PM CST
Sarah Palin, with son Trig Palin.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Sarah Palin proved today to be a defender of political correctness no matter which side of aisle the assault comes from, ripping Rush Limbaugh for his use of “retard.” However, while the former Alaska governor, and mother of a special-needs child, “believes crude and demeaning name calling at the expense of others is disrespectful,” a staffer tells Greg Sargent, she doesn’t want Limbaugh fired—unlike White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, who first provoked her ire.

Via Twitter, Jonathan Martin of Politico noted the fact that the Palin flak didn’t actually mention Limbaugh by name. “Perhaps,” adds Matt Corley at ThinkProgress, “the Palin camp avoided naming Limbaugh because they are like the other Republicans who are fearful of criticizing and offending the conservative talker.”