Yes, Sarah and her daughter with the Downs Syndrome,
was it? If a conservative poked fun of a liberal with
Downs, the media would be in uproar.
Parents of special needs children on all sides of the political spectrum
were very bent by her example of Munchausen by proxy actions in claiming to
speak for them and their kids.
As a political tool it's something that has been going on for decades and
the community of parents and families that are hammered by politicians
trying to game favor/benifits from these actions know the drill well.
It did not take Palin & Co. to learn that lesson.