I think it was an amusing metaphor for Sarah to refer to Jan Brewer as having “cojones”. The word of course refers to “bravery” in ordinary American usage but in Spanish it is a word for testicles, something which Jan Brewer, as a female, certainly does not have.

There is no doubt however that a woman can have the psychological attitudes associated by Spanish-speakers with “cojones”. And there is no doubt that saying a woman had more balls than Obama was thoroughly derogatory of Obama’s attributes.

I note that some reports spelled the word euphemistically as “cajones”, which preserves the colloquial meaning but not the literal one. Who knows which way Sarah had it spelled in her notes — if it was written down at all?

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said Sunday that Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) has “the cojones” that President Obama “does not have” to take on illegal immigration. Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” Palin blasted Obama for suing Arizona to block the state’s controversial new law without addressing “sanctuary cities” — in which local law enforcement are prohibited from asking people about their immigration status.

The former governor said the president and congressional Democrats “are all wet” on plans to allow the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans to expire. “It’s idiotic to think about increasing taxes at a time like this,” Palin said. She added that her “palm isn’t large enough” to write all her notes down and she proceeded to read prepared notes about tax policy from a sheet of paper.

Palin declined to address “fickle” polls showing that she remains unpopular with independents. “I don’t blame people for not knowing what I stand for,” Palin said. “If I believed everything I read in the media, I wouldn’t like me either.”