There is a line that most decent human beings never cross. It separates robust political criticism from bullying abuse. The line is a bit fluid, depending upon the target of the attack. As in, Nancy Pelosi is a legitimate bulls eye for poisoned darts, but her children (even though they are adults) should be left alone (we can’t pick our mommies, sadly.)
And if San Fran Nan’s offspring are off limits, so should be the innocent 3 year old child of an equally controversial public figure, Sarah Palin. Sadly, as we saw during the presidential campaign over two years ago, that’s not the case.
A core group of soulless liberals have been on the warpath against little Trig Palin ever since he was born, trying to mask their attacks as legitimate criticism of his mercurial, and annoyingly effective, mother. Pundits from Bill Maher to Seth McFarlane have made a defenseless child the butt of their jokes, all the while pretending they’re only attacking his mother. They are obvious cowards and, particularly in Maher’s case, worthless pieces of schtick.
The most recent attack on Trig was carried on one of the uber-hip websites founded by Ana Maria Cox, a woman who looks like a slightly sexed-up version of Pippi Longstocking. In a post that was designed as a faux birthday tribute to the toddler, a writer named Jack Stuef made fun of Sarah Palin for celebrating her son on her website with a birthday poem. Here is some of Stuef’s reaction to that post, carried on Wonkette:
Why in Christ does a baby need a tribute? It didn't do anything. It's just a baby. Is it a hero because it is retarded? Is that what we've come to? At least least make the kid compete in a wheelchair race or something before you start handing him medals. Jesus f-ck.
I added the hyphen, because Wonkette is too hip to edit obscenity.
You can’t find the posting anymore, because the cowards at Wonkette took it down, floating this lame pseudo apology:
A post on this page satirizing Sarah Palin using her baby as a political prop was very badly done and sounded like the author was mocking the child and not just Sarah Palin/Sarah Palin’s followers.
The writer, Jack Stuef, has apologized for it. And we have decided to remove the post as requested by some people who have nothing to do with Sarah Palin, but who do have an interest in the cause of special needs children. We apologize for the poor comedic judgment.
Wow. The post only sounded like Stuef was mocking the child. The implication here is that anyone with a brain would of course know that the enlightened liberals were actually attacking Sarah Palin, not a defenseless little boy who, from all appearances, is the joy of the Palin family.
Wonkette is despicable. And anyone who tries to defend what they’ve done is developmentally disabled. And please realize that while this may sound like I am mocking disabled people, I am really mocking Wonkette/Wonkette’s followers.