Politics aside, Mrs. Palin can't pick and choose who is allowed to use the word and who is not. In an article originally posted in April of 2010, she defends Rush Limbaugh's use of the word.
On Chief-of-Staff Rahm Emanuel, she said his comments calling liberal groups "f-ing retards" was "indecent and insensitive" and cause for his dismissal.
But the former governor went to great and sometimes awkward lengths to insist that when conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh used the same exact term to describe the same exact group, it was simply in the role of political humorist.
"They are kooks, so I agree with Rush Limbaugh," she said, when read a quote of Limbaugh calling liberal groups "retards." "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."
Mrs. Palin's claims that Limbaugh was doing his job and using satire can also be said of Maher. While I understand the emotion and her right to defend her son, I feel that her threats on Twitter only lower her to his level.
It's painful and aggravating to see someone who could be a powerful advocate for people who have Ds set such a horrible example.