04/12/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Palin Satire Rationalization F-Ing Laughable

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"F--ing retarded" Presidential Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel scolding a liberal group at a private meeting at the White House."

"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." Sarah Palin wrote while calling for Emanuel's firing on her Facebook page"

"Our political correct society is acting like some giant insult's taken place by calling a bunch of people who are retards, retards...There's going to be a retard summit at the White House." Rush Limbaugh on his radio show referring to Emanuel's comments and his White House meeting with disability advocates .

"They are kooks, so I agree with Rush Limbaugh. Rush Limbaugh was using satire ... I didn't hear Rush Limbaugh calling a group of people whom he did not agree with 'f-ing retards,' and we did know that Rahm Emanuel, as has been reported, did say that. There is a big difference there" Sarah Palin, defending Limbaugh on Fox News, Sunday

Strap on your seatbelts, folks! You're about to board the Sarah Palin Hypocrite Coaster. You must be this obtuse to ride.

As a former TV writer and political editor of National Lampoon, I don't know if there's anything off-limits when satirizing, though one would hope those commanding the pen have some inkling of what satire means before they take to the page. Joking isn't necessarily satire. I've heard a lot of offensive jokes that don't fall within an ironic mile from satire. So for argument's sake, let's say Limbaugh was using satire to rip into Emanuel.

My argument here isn't with Limbaugh as much as it is with Palin's selective and righteous indignation. If I have this right, the former governor feels Emanuel's crude colloquial usage of the word "retard" in a private meeting is a "...slur on all God's children with cognitive and developmental disabilities - and the people who love them," but if used satirically over the radio to millions of listeners to describe Emanuel, liberal groups and mental health advocates, it is okey-dokey.

Okay, governor, let's try this one out.

You know what's retarded? Claiming you know foreign policy because "you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska." You know what else is retarded? Telling David Letterman that a joking reference to your daughter is out of bounds but defending Rush Limbaugh's reference to people (including mental health advocates) as retards who are attending a retarded summit. That's real retarded. Almost as retarded as quitting half way through your governorship and saying you're not quitting but that "I know when it's time to pass the ball for victory." But not as retarded as saying Rush Limbaugh - who called people "retarded" - was only quoting Emanuel - who was calling a proposal "retarded" - when the only words of Emanuel he "quoted" were "f-ing retarded." You know how retarded that is? It's like saying "four score and seven disabled children should be shot and dismembered" and then saying you were just quoting the Gettysburg address. Retarded? Sure. But you know who is the biggest retard? The hypocritical retard who deceitfully uses her own down syndrome baby as a political brickbat to bash her opponents, but allows the same child and all the other of "God's children with cognitive and developmental disabilities" to be slurred to millions of Americans by the most retarded retard on the radio;.a politically opportunistic retard who puts a pompous retard of a talk show host above her own special needs child. That, ladies and gentleman, is not only f'-ing retarded. It is terribly and incredibly sad.

So...whataya think, Sarah? I'm only quoting Emanuel. Pretty satirical, huh?

Steve Young blogs at the appropriately named,

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