Limbaugh wades into Emanuel-Palin battle

Radio host can't help but weigh in, using his own unique style

Published February 3, 2010 9:30PM (EST)

Say this for Rush Limbaugh's quest to poke his eye in the face of anyone being even a little bit politically correct: At least it seems to cover both sides of the aisle.

On Wednesday, Limbaugh commented on the apology White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel made to the head of the Special Olympics for comments in which he called liberal activists "fucking retarded." Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, whose youngest son has Down Syndrome, called Tuesday for Emanuel to be fired, saying, "Just as we'd be appalled if any public figure of Rahm's stature ever used the 'N-word' or other such inappropriate language, 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."

Limbaugh doesn't appear to agree.

"I think the big news is the crack-up going on. Our political society is acting like some giant insult's taken place by calling a bunch of people who are retards retards. I mean, these people, these liberal activists are kooks, they are loony tunes. I'm not going to apologize for it, I'm just quoting Emanuel, it's in the news."

I wouldn't recommend holding your breath as you wait for Palin to call for Limbaugh's firing.

With his usual devotion to factual accuracy, Limbaugh got one detail of his story wrong, saying during the same segment that Emanuel had apologized to liberals for his comments. In fact, he hadn't; he only apologized to Special Olympics Chairman Tim Shriver. As of Tuesday, the White House was saying Shriver had accepted the apology; turns out he didn't, though. A spokeswoman for the Special Olympics told Ben Smith, "Tim can't do that. He can't accept an apology on behalf of all people with disabilities."

Limbaugh audio is below, with a hat-tip to Media Matters.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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