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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.

Originally posted to Paleo on Fri Dec 12, 2008 at 11:08 AM PST.

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  •  Wouldn't this be stabbing him in the front? (7+ / 0-)
  •  He also said Obama couldnt win pennsylvania (11+ / 0-)

    His opinions are useless

    •  Chronic foot-in-mouth disease (0+ / 0-)

      Rendell is out there embarassing us all the time with his microphone.  

      He is a pretty damn good governor, IMO, but he really just says stupid things on camera all the time.

      Rendell is also a major Clinton supporter and would have been better positioned for his next political move if Clinton had won.  Maybe he's sore about not being offered a cabinet position.  Who knows?

      "When people show you who they really are, believe them." - Maya Angelou

      by Pennsylvanian on Fri Dec 12, 2008 at 11:31:59 AM PST

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  •  I agree that Gov. Rendell is a (2+ / 0-)
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    pain in the ass but all these circulating stories about Rahm are not good.  They are making themselves look worse with not being forthright.  Who gives a hoot if Rahm spoke with the Blago.  Of course Obama would want his opinion expressed about possible replacements.  They should know the media by now and nipped this in the bud.

  •  rendell needs (0+ / 0-)
    to SHUT UP!!!!
  •  I would'nt be surprised if Rendell was corrupt (3+ / 0-)
    •  Oh, please, are you kidding? (1+ / 0-)
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      We're talking about a pol from Pennsylvania.

      I'm from there--IMO, Springfield ain't got nothing on Harrisburg.

      I'm not an anarchist, but it would be good if people started realizing the difference between political propaganda and the truth. --John Lennon

      by o the umanity on Fri Dec 12, 2008 at 11:31:11 AM PST

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      •  He opened the State Stores on Sundays (0+ / 0-)

        and STILL you add your voice to those who bitch against the man? Tsk, tsk.

        "When gratitude replaces judgment, peace spreads through your body, gentleness embraces your soul, wisdom fills your mind." - Neale Donald Walsch

        by Cinnamon on Fri Dec 12, 2008 at 12:57:10 PM PST

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  •  God damn jackass. (5+ / 0-)
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    And if, God forbid, in Obama's rush to the microphone he missed one sentence out of one conversation, THAT would be the story.  

    Obama does not rush to the microphone.  He makes sure of his facts and comes out with a complete response (and often a politically brilliant move) when he's God damned ready.  

    We're still waiting for Harriet Miers.  We're still waiting for Bush to come clean on about a million issues.  

    Rendell doesn't have an "off" button.  Ever.  


    •  Thank you. (3+ / 0-)
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      You stated it better than I could have.  Obama is an itelligent man (which is part of the problem - many of our politicians [on both sides] are not).  He does not rush to judgement.  He makes sure of his facts before he says anything.  Maybe that's what comes from being a community organizer (sorry, I couldn't resist).

      Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both -- Benjamin Franklin

      by trs on Fri Dec 12, 2008 at 11:20:37 AM PST

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      •  There couldn't be more than 4 people (2+ / 0-)
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        involved in this --- sit down, talk to them and get the facts --- but DO IT.

        Quit hoping the story will just GO AWAY.

        by coonsey on Fri Dec 12, 2008 at 11:22:35 AM PST

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        •  He knows the story won't just go away. (0+ / 0-)

          Face it, if he had said something, they would have gone off on that, too.  It would have been, "how can he be sure?  He's talking too soon."  Either way, they're going to create some kind of story.  This way, he gets it right.

          Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both -- Benjamin Franklin

          by trs on Fri Dec 12, 2008 at 11:40:17 AM PST

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  •  Obama does have a problem (2+ / 0-)
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    with not just getting to the point in his answers. He also needs check the press a lot more when they get into a frenzy over this kind of crap. Obviously, somebody talked to Blagojevich and all he had to say was, I didn't talk to him, but I'm sure someone on my team did. If Rahm talked to him and gave him some suggestions, I don't really see what is so wrong with that. With all that said, the Obama team is pretty much exonerated by what was said in the affidavit. They would not play ball with Blago. Why the press needs more answers in this, I really don't know.

    To err is human. To forgive, divine.

    by Highwind on Fri Dec 12, 2008 at 11:21:52 AM PST

    •  there is something to be said, though, (2+ / 0-)
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      for Obama not jumping to react with a slick answer every time the media invents a controversy.  He appears to be, frankly, busy with more important things. The portion of the population pissed off he hasn't come out with some sort of defensive full accuonting of every minute of his staff's time are the same people who think Sarah Palin would be a good president.

      This will pass. There's no there there and Obama's already elected.

    •  There's something more to be said for him (0+ / 0-)

      saying "I didn't talk to Blagojevich, and I've asked my staff to list all contacts" as he's done.  If you start from the point that every conversation that Blagojevich has had in the past few months was bugged (maybe the hid a mike in his hair while he was sleeping), then I think it's safe to assume that if Obama said he didn't talk to him, he didn't talk to him.  He'd know that if they talked it could have been recorded so he wouldn't risk lying about that.

      I'm sure that the word went out on the staff that if anyone has talked about this, we need to know everything now - and anyone later found to have talked and not letting them know would be fired.

      When they put the report of contacts out in the next few days, it should be airtight.  

      With the discipline that Obama and his organization have shown, I'd be very surprised if they didn't handle it this way.

      We must allow them to finish their terms. Then they can start their new "terms". -edscan

      by lineatus on Fri Dec 12, 2008 at 11:58:30 AM PST

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  •  I Strongly Disagree (2+ / 0-)
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    I live in PA, just outside Philadelphia. Ed Rendell wasn't voted our Best Public Servant when he was mayor for nothing. He's been an excellent governor. And, I hafta say, expressing concern over the handling of the story does not mean he is disloyal...which is what he was saying in the first place. The fact he called back to clarify his viewpoint --- and yes, I read it exactly that way, it was clarification, --- is not back-pedaling.

    Since when is Freedom of Speech a right you give up when you hold public office? Since when can't Democrats even question the powers that be without having their loyalty besmirched? This ain't the Bush White House, after all.

    "When gratitude replaces judgment, peace spreads through your body, gentleness embraces your soul, wisdom fills your mind." - Neale Donald Walsch

    by Cinnamon on Fri Dec 12, 2008 at 11:22:11 AM PST

    •  asdf (4+ / 0-)

      Freedom of speech?  What does that have to do with it?  Judgment and loyalty are what's at issue.  You shouldn't needlessly aid the smear by association effort.  

      Unions: The Folks That Brought You the Weekend

      by Paleo on Fri Dec 12, 2008 at 11:26:07 AM PST

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      •  Freedom of Speech (0+ / 0-)

        has everything to do with it. Rendell commented on a topic that the entire country is talking about right now. That is NOT inappropriate, to have an opionion and to express it honestly.  

        Rendell, in discussing media tactics, did nothing to "aid the smear by association"... he clearly reinforced the point that Obama made himself: that just because Obama and Blagojevich are both Democrats from Illinois does not mean that there was a relationship or any mutual respect between them, and Obama did nothing wrong. Which was exactly what he reinforced in his clarification.

        "When gratitude replaces judgment, peace spreads through your body, gentleness embraces your soul, wisdom fills your mind." - Neale Donald Walsch

        by Cinnamon on Fri Dec 12, 2008 at 11:55:33 AM PST

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    •  A seasoned pro like Rendell (3+ / 0-)
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      should know how the SCLM and it's lazy "journalists" distort things.
      •  Obviously, he does know (0+ / 0-)

        Otherwise he wouldn't have double-checked what they wrote and then promptly called back to correct and clarify the misimpresion that was given.

        "When gratitude replaces judgment, peace spreads through your body, gentleness embraces your soul, wisdom fills your mind." - Neale Donald Walsch

        by Cinnamon on Fri Dec 12, 2008 at 11:46:54 AM PST

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  •  Didn't Rendell have an open mic (2+ / 0-)
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    moment regarding Janet Napolitano?  He needs to stay away from microphones, period.

    Poor GWB - he must have thought approval ratings were like golf scores.

    by My mom is my hero on Fri Dec 12, 2008 at 11:23:36 AM PST

  •  _______ This Clown (0+ / 0-)

    Who does he think he is?

    "We will now proceed to construct the socialist order."

    by 7November on Fri Dec 12, 2008 at 11:28:10 AM PST

    •  LOL He's Pennsylvania's Chuck Norris! That's Who! (1+ / 0-)
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      When Ed Rendell does push-ups, he pushes the Earth down!

      "When gratitude replaces judgment, peace spreads through your body, gentleness embraces your soul, wisdom fills your mind." - Neale Donald Walsch

      by Cinnamon on Fri Dec 12, 2008 at 12:01:06 PM PST

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  •  Rendell in in love with the sound of (3+ / 0-)
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    his voice and this makes him a classic go-to guy for the media looking for a sure-fire blowhard sound bite. I suspect the Obama team cringes every time Eddie funds a mic and I have no doubt he has gone as far as he's going to in politics.

    Hannity's America is just South of Sanity.

    by DWKING on Fri Dec 12, 2008 at 11:28:24 AM PST

  •  Rendell is a fucking blowhard. (2+ / 0-)
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    I tired of his 'hometown, call-it-like-I-see-it, PA-tough guy' routine during the primaries. He is old news and trying desparately to have someone notice him again now that his ticket back to the fed govt. is gone.
    I wish someone would muzzle him.

    "One of the things we've done during this campaign: we don't throw the first punch, but we'll throw the last." Barack Obama (Oct 2008)

    by DeminWisconsin on Fri Dec 12, 2008 at 11:31:59 AM PST

    •  For The Record (0+ / 0-)

      He actually stated that he did not want a position in the Federal Government, that he wanted to stay Governor.

      "When gratitude replaces judgment, peace spreads through your body, gentleness embraces your soul, wisdom fills your mind." - Neale Donald Walsch

      by Cinnamon on Fri Dec 12, 2008 at 11:42:07 AM PST

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      •  And Obama stated that he wanted to (0+ / 0-)

        finish up his full first term as senator.

        Bottom line - its much easier to say you dont want something to save face if and when you are denied it.

        At any rate, you may be right - but he is still a blowhard and represents a generation of democrats that I hope we will see pass the torch sooner rather than later.

        "One of the things we've done during this campaign: we don't throw the first punch, but we'll throw the last." Barack Obama (Oct 2008)

        by DeminWisconsin on Fri Dec 12, 2008 at 11:45:38 AM PST

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  •  Rendell does have a good (2+ / 0-)
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    point, which is that it's unbelievable to the public that nobody on the Obama team had anything to say to Blagojevic or his team about the senate seat. In fact, if you read the transcripts, Blago must have gotten the word from SOMEBODY that Obama was only offering appreciation, which means he had contact with someone. Contact doesn't mean corruption.

    What would have been more believable is if they had said that some Obama people had had general discussions with Blago people, but nobody had specifically been pinpointed, and certainly nothing like shakedowns or bribes had been discussed, and we're shocked, etc.

    I understand this reaction--in my life I haven't gotten into trouble very often, but on the rare occasions when I did, I hadn't developed the right set of responses and defenses. Obama, over his life as a politician has either been seen positively, or, as in the course of the past election, been hit by accusations so hyperbolic that only the most relentless partisans took them seriously. So, when asked legitimate questions (even about matters where he didn't do anything particularly wrong, such as with Rezko or Wright) that he can't joke away, I sometimes thinks his reaction is a little too defensive, as if he's shocked that anyone is asking him the question at all or would want an explanation.

    Rendell is someone who strikes me as having to defend himself pretty often. It's a legitimate question--even if you wish he weren't talking to everyone under ths sun about it.

    great ideas+organization+discipline+communication=WIN

    by JMS on Fri Dec 12, 2008 at 11:42:00 AM PST

    •  You're right - contact doesn't mean corruption (0+ / 0-)

      so TELL US who talked to Blago and then let it go.

      This crap of HOLDING info only serves as a way for the media and gop to HOP on words like "They're hiding something"

      by coonsey on Fri Dec 12, 2008 at 11:46:57 AM PST

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  •  Should Ed Rendell be primaried out for this? (0+ / 0-)
  •  Ignoring the fact that Blago (1+ / 0-)
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    hasn't even talked to his own Lt. Governor - for YEARS!  It's perfectly reasonable to think he wouldn't talk to them unless and until they were ready to deal.  In that case, they may never have had contact with him.

    -7.62, -7.28 "We told the truth. We obeyed the law. We kept the peace." - Walter Mondale

    by luckylizard on Fri Dec 12, 2008 at 03:43:42 PM PST

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