Earlier this week, the U.K.'s Guardian took ill-concealed delight in reporting an alleged snub of Sarah Palin by associates of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who at 86 is reported to have advanced dementia. Today, the Guardian is taking further delight in the howls of protest over its original article from Palin allies in the U.S.
The snub came after Thatcher-admirer Palin hinted she'd like to meet the Iron Lady when Palin stops in London on her way to or from Sudan this summer. Nonsense, said one anonymous Guardian source described as an "ally" of Thatcher. "That would be belittling for Margaret. Sarah Palin is nuts."
From today's Guardian:
The response from the US right was swift. [Rush] Limbaugh opened his show on Wednesday with a lengthy denunciation of the Guardian after the New York Daily News and a host of US publications picked up on the comments. ...
Limbaugh said he knew Thatcher well and embarked on a lengthy description of how he had driven her round a Florida golf course on a golf cart. "I have been with her in social and professional settings as well. It's obvious that her health is not today what it was, but back in the day, Margaret Thatcher would in no way allow an aide to refer to anybody, Sarah Palin notwithstanding, as 'nuts. ' "
La Donna Hale Curzon, the host of Sarah Palin Radio, accused the Thatcher circle of disgracing the former prime minister. "Margaret Thatcher would never call a fellow Conservative, let alone Gov. Palin 'nuts'," Hale Curzon tweeted. "Thatcher's handlers have disgraced the Iron Lady."
A blogger at the Conservatives4Palin fan site wrote: I wouldn't put too much store by this bit of mischief making. ... The Guardianistas have always loathed Thatcher so beware of an item which implies left-wing praise for anything said in her name.
There is something loathsome about this attempt to use a frail 86-year-old stroke victim (who has largely retired from public life) as fodder to enhance your own domestic political agenda. It is vulgar and it is vainglorious and therefore entirely typical of Palin's political style.