How can she take a joke that was never really there in the first place? No matter: At this point, this spat has nothing to do with what was said on the show and everything to do with challenging Palin’s authority as a defender of the mentally handicapped. The actress who played the character with Down’s on the show has Down’s in real life, you see, so this is no more or less than the playing of an Absolute Moral Authority trump card. If Andrea Friedman can laugh at a shot taken at Palin for having a son with Down’s, what right does Sarahcuda have to object?

Further proof, I guess, that the Anchoress was correct in thinking Palin should have played this one in a lower key.

In an e-mail message sent on Thursday to The New York Times, Ms. Friedman wrote:

I guess former Governor Palin does not have a sense of humor. I thought the line “I am the daughter of the former governor of Alaska” was very funny. I think the word is “sarcasm.”

In my family we think laughing is good. My parents raised me to have a sense of humor and to live a normal life.

Funny thing. According to the site Palingates (which I didn’t realize was rabidly anti-Palin when I linked it in Headlines this morning), Friedman’s statement was actually longer than the bit quoted by the NYT. Safe link to Mediaite:

My name is Andrea Fay Friedman. I was born with Down syndrome. I played the role of Ellen on the “Extra Large Medium” episode of Family Guy that was broadcast on Valentine’s day. Although they gave me red hair on the show, I am really a blonde. I also wore a red wig for my role in ” Smudge” but I was a blonde in “Life Goes On”. I guess former Governor Palin does not have a sense of humor. I thought the line “I am the daughter of the former governor of Alaska” was very funny. I think the word is “sarcasm”.

In my family we think laughing is good. My parents raised me to have a sense of humor and to live a normal life.

My mother did not carry me around under her arm like a loaf of French bread the way former Governor Palin carries her son Trig around looking for sympathy and votes.

Mediaite’s skeptical that that exceedingly nasty last part was in Friedman’s original statement — as am I — but Palingates has posted a screencap of the e-mail. Follow the link above if you’re curious. Exit question: Does Palin dare respond to Friedman on Facebook? Remember, this is pure identity politics at this point, so the more sympathetic victim wins the argument regardless of the merits.