On Tuesday, CNN caught up with Sarah Palin as she was leaving her polling site in Wasilla, Alaska and managed to wrangle in the Fox News commentator for a brief interview. When asked to weigh in on the Rush Limbaugh debacle"I think the definition of hypocrisy is for Rush Limbaugh to have been called out, forced to apologize and retract what it is that he said in exercising his First Amendment rights and never is that the same applied to the leftist radicals who say such horrible things about the handicapped, about women, about the defenseless." So two wrongs make a right?
Earlier in the day, Palin addressed the controversy on her Facebook page, saying, "Pres. Obama says he called Sandra Fluke because of his daughters. For the sake of everyone's daughter, why doesn't his super PAC return the $1 million he got from a rabid misogynist?" referencing the donation the super PAC recently received from Bill Maher, who in the past has called her a "dumb twat."
Back in 2009, Palin went on a press tour of sorts after David Letterman made what she deemed a "sexually perverse" joke about one of her daughters (that she'd been knocked up by a baseball player). Palin was enraged, and justifiably so. She said that comments like Letterman's contribute to low self-esteem among young women and that jokes like that contribute to the "acceptance of abuse of younger women." Palin demanded an apology from Letterman.
You'd think that since Palin—and her daughters—have been the victims of gender-based attacks she'd have a little more sympathy for Sandra Fluke and the women of Georgetown for the abusive language that had been thrust upon them, not just by Rush Limbaugh, but by a disturbingly large number of right wing pundits. But then, you know, you'd be thinking.