The story quickly spread across political lines as folks of all political persuasions said the Wonkette post was beyond tasteless and into the realm of totally disgusting.
For example liberal Mediaite writer Tommy Christopher said:
Hey, that’s really funny, calling Trig a gentleman scholar because he has Down Syndrome. And the speculation that Todd Palin may have raped his daughter? Pure comedy gold. You know what will be even funnier? The first time Jack Stuef runs into Todd Palin. That one practically writes its own punchline.Tommy got into an incredible back and forth with Wonkette Chief Editor Ken Layne and made him look like the ass he is. The exchange is a must read and can be found here.
When I first heard about this, I was, of course, outraged. Who wouldn’t be? I’ve read a lot of offensive things in my career (and even been fired over them), but I am hard-pressed to think of anything that comes close to this. If there is any expression of disgust that I have failed to convey, consider this my signature on it.
That is not to say that edginess, and even poor taste, have no place in political writing. One of the most famous pieces of political satire ever was basically one long dead baby joke. George Carlin set out to prove that cancer is funny, and succeeded. Those examples, though, had redeeming value beyond their shock value.
Advertisers have chimed in with their disgust. Papa John's Pizza tweeted:
According to US for Palin, securities firm Vanguard also pulled their ads.
Not that Wonkette cares about the loss of revenue they struck back at Papa Johns:
As Tommy Christopher implied, I sure that Todd Palin wouldn't find it very funny either.
The fact that Wonkette continues to defend the piece shows the level to which the website has sunk.
As for Papa John's, as soon as Passover is done, I will be going there for some Pizza, to thank them for the moral stand.