When liberal Democrats threatened to run ads against moderates party members who were holding out on health care reform, nine-fingered senior Obama adviser and noted sender-of-threatening-dead-fishes Rahm Emmanuel reportedly responded with two words: "Fucking" and "retarded."
On the strategy's merits, Emmanuel, who's known as the White House's resident arm-twister was almost certainly right: Democrats don't currently have the votes to pass health care reform; it's unlikely that stepping up the party infighting would bring those votes into existence. But as a matter of offense, there's a limit to what even a Hill head-knocker like Emmanual is allowed to be quoted saying in the Wall Street Journal. So he apologized… just not to the Democrats; instead, he apologized to the CEO of the Special Olympics, who's running a campaign against the use of the word "retard." Message received, sir: Calling liberals "retarded" is unfair to the disabled.