Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin didn't cage her answer when pressed Sunday morning as to whether she would consider a run for president in 2012. "I would, I would if I believe that is the right thing to do for our country and the Palin family. Certainly I would do so," she told "Fox News Sunday," in an interview that was taped before she addressed a Tea Party convention the night before. "I think that it would be absurd to not consider what it is that I could potentially do to help our country ... . I won't close a door that perhaps could be open for me in the future."
Palin also used her platform to continue a call for the president to rid himself of one of his closest advisers, Chief-of-Staff Rahm Emanuel. She said his comments calling liberal groups "f-ing retards" was "indecent and insensitive" and cause for his dismissal. Last August, Emanuel "showed up at a weekly strategy session featuring liberal groups and White House aides," the Journal's Peter Wallsten reported last Tuesday."Some attendees said they were planning to air ads attacking conservative Democrats who were balking at Mr. Obama's health-care overhaul. 'F—ing retarded,' Mr. Emanuel scolded the group, according to several participants. He warned them not to alienate lawmakers whose votes would be needed on health care and other top legislative items." Emanuel has since apologized to Tim Shriver, the CEO of the Special Olympics.
But Palin went to great and sometimes awkward lengths to defend conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh when he called the exact same liberal groups the same term "F-ing retards" in the same context. Palin said, "awwww. He was just kiddin'. 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."