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Friday, October 3, 2008

Overheard in the Office

posted by on October 3 at 13:19 PM

“What’s the difference between Trig Palin and Sarah Palin?”

[Answer’s after the jump.]

“One’s a mentally deficient political token and the other has Down syndrome.”

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"Lipstick" would have been a far better answer.

Posted by Brian | October 3, 2008 1:27 PM

Which is which?

Posted by heywhatsit | October 3, 2008 1:34 PM

That isn't actually funny though. You have failed.

Posted by Mr. Poe | October 3, 2008 1:37 PM

Why did Sarah Palin have a Down Syndrome baby?

Republicans seldom have any other kind.

Posted by Anonymous Because Tasteless | October 3, 2008 1:40 PM

Every time a joke like that is put in print or recorded on tape makes our side look bad.

Posted by elswinger | October 3, 2008 1:42 PM

See, I would have thought that Republicans are the ones that should worry about looking bad. After all, they are the ones that nominated a retard for vice president.

Posted by cjb | October 3, 2008 1:45 PM

I think it's just terrible that she named her Down Syndrome baby "Trig".

That's just mean, naming him after something he'll never be good at.

Posted by Hernandez | October 3, 2008 2:00 PM

Well, maybe one day he will pull the trig

Posted by Non | October 3, 2008 2:02 PM

The Christmas shopping season is almost upon us. This year get your friends something they can really use: a sense of humor. Hammacher Schlemmer has a whole range of options available from $99.99 and up.

Screw looking bad. We need more laughs.

Posted by Smade | October 3, 2008 2:05 PM

The fact that Trig has Trisomy 21 always struck me as a little fine-point-on-it. Y'know? If I had a baby with Huntington's Disease, I wouldn't name him Hunter.

Posted by Christin | October 3, 2008 2:18 PM

I HAVE a sense of humor.

I also have a sense of tact.

Telling jokes about someone's handicapped baby? Not cool.

That just gave permission to McCain supporters to tell N-word jokes.

(Yes, N-word. Because the spam filter makes better attempts at tact than the writers, I can't even write the word out. How's that for irony?)

Posted by Lenny | October 3, 2008 2:36 PM

If you're going to stoop to telling a joke like that, it should at least be funny. Tasteless and insensitive shouldn't be so lame.

Posted by kitschnsync | October 3, 2008 2:52 PM

@5 and @11
Agreed. The higher ground is especially appropriate when your side is ahead in the polls.

Posted by nater | October 3, 2008 2:53 PM

AS IF Republicans were waiting for our permission to use the N-word.

Posted by Sirkowski | October 3, 2008 2:53 PM

A link to this post next to the DONATE button on the McCampaign website could raise TONS of cash for the bad guys.

I'm all for humor, but doesn't Palin give us enough to laugh about already? Who needs sexism or mean-spirited vindictiveness when you have such gross incompetence to work with?

Posted by nater | October 3, 2008 2:58 PM


Making a joke or being insulting towards Palin and her baby doesn't give anyone permission to use the N-word.

By the way, anyone can use the N-word.

What you can't do is control the response which can range from laughter to getting your ass kicked or even killed.

Posted by Ren | October 3, 2008 3:03 PM


Making a joke or being insulting towards Palin and her baby doesn't give anyone permission to use the N-word.

By the way, anyone can use the N-word.

What you can't do is control the response which can range from laughter to getting your ass kicked or even killed.

Posted by Ren | October 3, 2008 3:03 PM

what's the difference between Palin and an asshole?

(duh, nothing)

Posted by cindy | October 3, 2008 3:13 PM

man we get all over republicans for going after peoples' families and doing some really hurtful crap....then you guys post this joke in which the true butt of the joke is her kid. I thought we were supposed to be better than that? That's why we were so much better than them wasn't it? Because we cared for all members of society not just the rich, white and able.

Seriously Stranger staffers pull your head out of your ass.

Posted by Hunter | October 3, 2008 3:18 PM

Didn't Mr Obama say that candidates' families were off-limits in this campaign? He probably didn't think it necessary to add, "disabled members especially."

Just one of the many good things he has said. Yes, you heard me right. Just one of the many good things he has said.

Posted by Seajay | October 3, 2008 3:21 PM

Maybe I'm reading the joke wrong, but the baby isn't the butt of this joke. Sarah Palin is.

Posted by uh | October 3, 2008 3:29 PM

To the "high-roader" Democrats: I have four words for you.

"Sambo beat the bitch"

Palin's clown-car vagina and retarded children are not off limits.

Posted by reality check | October 3, 2008 3:35 PM


whatever....the joke uses the fact that she has a child with down syndrome to make fun of her. Using a child with down syndrome to make fun of their parent? That's just cruel to use a child with down syndrome like that.

Sarah Palin has presented enough material in her speeches and interviews to make fun of her for a lifetime without having to resort to such a cheap sick method.

Posted by Hunter | October 3, 2008 3:37 PM

Not funny.

Posted by Hartiepie | October 3, 2008 3:41 PM

Wasn't OK for her to say that. It isn't OK for anybody to say shit like that. Especially us.

We're ahead. Let's show them what civil discourse looks like, shall we?

Posted by nater | October 3, 2008 4:20 PM


You mean, like, McSame supporters AREN'T telling "N-word" jokes already? Just because we don't see them on the Internet doesn't mean they're not circulating.

Besides, when has a Republican ever shied away from telling a tasteless sexist/racist/classist/challenged joke? They just don't do it in earshot of any potential Democrats, is all (well, most of the time, anyway).

And even if they did, they'd just say we were quoting them out of context or attempt to put some other spin on it.

Posted by COMTE | October 3, 2008 4:21 PM

Number 11: That was me.

I'm going to pull a McCain here and refute myself. In order to appease opposing viewpoints.

Y'all are right. It's totally cool to make fun of mothers of retarded children. This is acceptable because right-wing jerks occasionally say really offensive stuff. Which makes it okay, somehow.

Screw hope. Let's just all be nasty. The "they started it first" argument is, evidently, sufficient.

Posted by Lenny | October 3, 2008 4:40 PM

One way I know I'm not qualified for office is that I'm vulgar, tactless and basically without an ounce of shame. I have a double standard (which is another of my flaws) whereby I expect the Vice Presidential Nominee would be a far better human being than me in this regard, and in many other things besides.

If I make retarded-assed jokes about Down's syndrome kids, I make an ass of myself. If our highest officeholders do it, they harm America. Not that I'm particularly patriotic (which is another flaw, I guess).

So as long as Republicans continue to act like as big of jerks as my Internet persona, I'm not voting for them.

Posted by elenchos | October 3, 2008 6:28 PM

I am totally stealing that joke, Christopher. And the trig one.

People need to lighten the fuck up.

Posted by Paul Merrill | October 3, 2008 6:32 PM

Thank God we have Slog commenters who continually display the superiority of intellectual, verbose, urbane Seattleites over redneck small town rubes. Making fun of retarded babies! Now that's sophisticated.

Posted by Bob | October 3, 2008 8:27 PM

Go finger waggers! Seriously, go.

Posted by Quincy | October 3, 2008 11:24 PM

I miss my Mommy.

Posted by Will You Love Trig? | October 4, 2008 12:07 AM

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