Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Showing that even supposedly principled conservative Republicans can be just as ridiculous as their opponents, Sarah Palin is calling for White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel to be fired for using the phrase 'f***in retarded'... and not in a nice way.

Even stipulating it was not nice thing to say, how does it rise to be a firing offense? The guy blurts out something in the heat of battle and he's supposed to lose his job because somebody somewhere took offense? What happened to conservative support of free speech? What happened to conservative mocking of political correctness? What happened to conservatives not wrapping themselves in the blanket of victimhood? What happened to conservatives not wanting the federal government to redress every wrong?

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know Palin has a kid who is never going to register on the top end of the IQ scales... but principles aren't just for when you don't have a dog in the fight, they really don't count for much if you only drag them out when it is easy to do so.

If Palin wants to go after Emmanuel on substantive grounds, she should do so, but she ought to lay off the indignant demands for someone to lose their job because they dared say something that upset her delicate sensitivities.

And she wanted to be in line to be President? Yeah, an easily flustered President going off on perceived slights is just what I want.