First Rahm Emanuel called a plan he didn't like 'fucking retarded.' Then Sarah Palin called for his resignation. Then he apologized and made nice. Now a Department of Justice job advertisement welcomes applicants with 'mental retardation'.
So is it a bad word, or is it kind of OK? The best informed thinking we've found on the issue is this truly fantastic article about why Huey Lewis is huge in the retard community (and why it's fine to say 'retard').