Wednesday, February 3, 2010

"Fucking Retards": Why Didn't Rahm Emanuel Apologize to Liberals?

Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that during a private conversation in August 2009, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said that liberal critics of conservative and moderate Democrats were "fucking retards." Cute. According to ABC News, however, Emanuel has offered an apology to the "disabled community" for his remarks. Although he has acknowledged making the statement, Emanuel has not apologized to liberals.

Emanuel and other close advisers of President Obama have frequently criticized liberals. After the White House instructed Senate Democrats to capitulate to Senator Joe Lieberman's request that they drop the public health plan option, many liberals denounced the move and demanded that Democrats in turn reject the Senate bill. In response, White House senior staff separately referred to liberals as "irrational" and "insane." By describing liberals as "fucking retards," Emanuel is simply towing the White House line in an effort to isolate politically and to show contempt for progressives.

For related readings on Dissenting Justice, see:

Just a Little Note: People Closer to Obama -- Not the Clintons -- Are Calling Liberals "Insane" and "Irrational"

While White House Condemns Liberals, Congressional Moderates Remain Inflexible

NYT's Adam Nagourney Peddles New White House Attacks on Progressives

Rahm Emanuel Tells Liberals To Kiss His Arse

Why Is Obama Still Protecting Lieberman?

White House Shows Its True Colors on Healthcare Reform

Liberals Battle White House Over Healthcare Reform

Irrational Robert Gibbs Says Howard Dean Is Irrational

Nate Silver Calls Progressives "Batshit Crazy"; Readers Turn the Table

5 comments:

LETICIA said...

I'm sure he meant "fucking retards" in the best possible way.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

No doubt!

Caro said...

Because working for Obama means never having to say you’re sorry—if it involves dissing anyone to the left of Newt Gingrich.

Carolyn Kay
MakeThemAccountable.com

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Carolyn: I am trying to remember a moment where someone in his administration apologized to or compromised with liberals....Does someone have an example?

Caro said...

I can't think of one, Professor. Not one.

They hold us in complete contempt.

Carolyn Kay
MakeThemAccountable.com

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