Eight years to the day he stabbed Al Gore in the back, Fast Eddie Rendell is back. This time stabbing Obama in the back with this nonsense:
Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell today criticized Barack Obama for not being more upfront about the Illinois corruption scandal.
Now, he said, the story will continue to dominate the media’s attention.
"They have never been in an executive position before," Rendell said on MSNBC’s "Morning Joe." "The rule of thumb is whatever you did, say it and get it over with and make it a one-day story as opposed to a three-day story. Politicians are always misjudging the intelligence of the American people."
Known for his blunt critiques of fellow Democrats, Rendell did not hold back during the interview.
The public, said Rendell, understands Obama and his aides would have an interest in who fills the Senate seat, and some contact with the governor's office — and that Obama should have said as much at the outset.
The criminal complaint essentially exonerates Obama and his staff, Rendell said, because it quotes Blagojevich as saying the president-elect would offer him nothing but appreciation for appointing Obama confidant Valerie Jarrett to the position.
"Blagojevich curses them out," Rendell said. "It is easy [for Obama to] just say, ‘Hey folks here it is, of course we had contact.'
"But they made the mistake of making it a four or five or six day story."
No, it's not the fault of cable news shows looking for something to talk about, or smear-by-assocation Republicans, for prolonging the story. It's Obama's fault.
And, duh, of course if Blago said they did not offer him anything, it doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure out that there was contact. It's self-evident.
Apparently, realizing that he had made an ass of himself, Rendell attempted to backtrack:
After an early version of this story was published online, Rendell called Politico expressing concern that the story conveyed a misleading impression.
"I want to be as clear as I possibly can," Rendell said. "I think the president-elect and his staff did nothing wrong, and don’t think they had anything to do with this."
He said the point he was making—echoing that of others on "Morning Joe"—was one of how to tactically respond to an unfolding news story, amid intense curiosity about any dealings between Obama’s staff and Blagojevich. "The best way to handle things like this is just get it out," said Rendell, adding his prediction that the public would be tolerant about any disclosures.
What a schmuck! I hope in two years Rendell will not run for senate and be out of the political scene forever.
And to go down memory lane, here is Fast Eddie, in his best backstabbing role, taking out Al Gore before Gore had a chance to digest Bush v. Gore:
The vice president "should act now and concede," said Ed Rendell, general chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
When Rendell appeared on TV late Tuesday night, one senior Gore aide screamed into a cell phone, "He's off message. That's not our position."
Shortly thereafter, DNC national chair Joe Andrew, in charge of the party's day-to-day operations, said, "The Democratic Party does not think Al Gore needs to concede. This is his decision to make. We stand united behind him."
Rendell later backed away from his remarks.