Palin, echoing similar refrains this week from another top Republican woman, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, said the uproar over Limbaugh’s comments were primarily driven by the left and argued conservative women face the same level of vitriol but without such an outcry.

“I think the definition of hypocrisy is for Rush Limbaugh to have been called out, forced to apologize and retract what it is he said in exercising his first amendment rights-and never is that, the same, applied to the leftist radicals who say such horrible things about the handicapped, about women, about the defenseless,” Palin said.