NFL Playoffs Create Political Conumdrum for Gov. Ed Rendell (or a Thinly Veiled Excuse to Write About the Eagles)
You can say a lot of things about Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell (that he's a big mouth, for one), but you've got to admit that he's loyal.
During the Democratic primaries, he remained a staunch supporter of Hillary Clinton even after math and reality conspired to make her bid all but hopeless. But then, when the nomination was officially decided, he stood with his party and supported Barack Obama.
Now, Rendell — former mayor of Philadelphia — is in a similar predicament: Both the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers stand poised to reach the Super Bowl. Which is fine if only one of them wins their conference championship. However…
But if both of them win and advance to the Super Bowl, he will not pretend to be neutral. After all, he has been an Eagles season-ticket holder for more than 30 years and even has a postgame television show. People in Philadelphia still call him Mayor.
"I'm not going to change," he said in a telephone interview Monday. "I told the people of Pittsburgh this when I was running for re-election. If they had a longtime Pittsburgh mayor and the Steelers were in the Super Bowl and he said he was rooting for anyone other than the Steelers, they would skin him alive.
"I have to be loyal. If it costs me some political points, that’s life."
Truth be told, this story is of very minor political import. But I've been glowing ever since the Eagles handed the Giants their asses in Sunday's playoff game and looking for any excuse I could to gloat about here on the blog.
When it comes to politics, I mildly capable of exercising some small amount of "journalistic" objectivity. (Granted, a very small amount.) But objectivity can go fuck itself sideways when it comes to football.
I'm thrilled that the Eagles — after a less than inspiring couple of seasons — are a single win away from the Super Bowl. And the fact that they had to climb over the backs of the Cowboys and then the Giants to get there makes it all the better. (NFC East hatreds die hard.*)
While we're on the subject of "hating on", here's something I didn't know about Gov. Rendell…
For most governors, that would be reason to host a news conference and smile a lot. But Rendell is hardly your average governor when it comes to sports. This is a man who — legend has it — sparked the snowball-throwing frenzy in a playoff game against Dallas in 1989.
That settles it. I'm starting a campaign to get Rendell on the ticket in 2016.
We need a president who's appropriately hard on Cowboys.
* I would probably hate the Redskins, too, if there was any reason to even consider them.
Tags: Ed Rendell, Football, Pennsylvania, Sports
Barack Obama's new Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano is a pretty smart lady: current governor of Arizona, former U.S. attorney and state Attorney General. Clearly, she is well-prepared to take a top cabinet position, on account of not being married!
At least, that's what Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell said the other day, speaking near a microphone he assumed was off.
Hint to politicians: the microphone is always, always on…
"Janet's perfect for that job," Rendell is heard to say. "Because for that job, you have to have no life. Janet has no family. Perfect. She can devote, literally, 19, 20 hours a day to it."
Now Ed Rendell is under fire for being jerky, and sexist, because "has no family" is code for "unmarried" (and as every single lady knows, your relatives get revoked if you don't put a ring on it by age 35).
Chuck Ardo, spokesman for Rendell, denied the remarks were sexist, saying the governor takes Napolitano's qualifications "for granted."
"His comments simply referred to the demands of the new position that she is going to take," Ardo said around noon. "He believes that public servants at that level of government have no lives, including himself."
Ed Rendell, for whatever it's worth, is married with one son. His wife, Marjorie O. Rendell, is a judge on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, chair of a U.S. Judicial Conference Committee and an elected member of the American Law Institute.
I guess we can assume she has no life either, in that she is married to Ed Rendell.
Tags: Arizona, Ed Rendell, Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, Pennsylvania
If you paused your Director's Cut of Remember the Titans to read this piece, I've got some bad news for you: There are racists in our midst.
Specifically they're in Western Pennsylvania, at least according to that region's Congressman, Jack Murtha. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports…
"There's no question Western Pennsylvania is a racist area," said Mr. Murtha, whose district stretches from Johnstown to Washington County. "The older population is more hesitant."…
It hasn't been easy for Mr. Obama to build a base across the state, Mr. Murtha said, despite the Illinois senator being "one of the most brilliant organizers I've ever seen." Part of the reason is that Mr. Obama is a minority candidate, he said, but recently voters seem to be putting that issue aside.
This comes on the heels of Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell telling the paper earlier this year, "I think there are some whites who are probably not ready to vote for an African-American candidate."
Well the racists have fought back hard against both Murtha (for calling them out) and Rendell (for being Jewish.) This has resulted in a Murtha apology, wherein he still implies his constituents are racist…
Pennsylvania Rep. John Murtha, a supporter of Barack Obama's presidential bid, apologized Thursday for calling western Pennsylvania "a racist area."
"While we cannot deny that race is a factor in this election, I believe we've been able to look beyond race these past few months, and that voters today are concerned with the policy differences of our two candidates and their vision for the future of our great country," he said in a statement issued by his office.
A nice gesture, but Murtha's constituents are probably already decided about the presidential election and the fate of Murtha himself. At the end of the day, he will have to let the racists be racists.
And really, is it so bad that they want to elect John McCain simply for being Panamanian?
Tags: Ed Rendell, House of Representatives, John Murtha, Panama, Pennsylvania
Amidst chatter that Hillary Clinton has authorized one of her supporters to lobby the Obama campaign to choose her as Obama's running mate…
…and that this plan has been in place for the past month…
…and that she's possibly keeping her campaign alive as a bargaining chip to this end…
…it seems that everybody and their governor has their own speculations about what the hell is going through Clinton's mind today.
And, speaking of governors, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell — one of Clinton's strongest and most vocal supporters, one who repeatedly made the case for a joint ticket — has some uncharacteristic words for his former liege…
"There's no bargaining. You don't bargain with the Presidential nominee. Even if you're Hillary Clinton and you have 18 million votes, you don't bargain."
In an exclusive interview with NY1 Political Anchor Dominic Carter, Rendell added that Obama would have to be an "enormously big person" to pick Clinton as his running mate and that Clinton sometimes "couldn't help but upstage" Obama on a joint ticket.
Well, that sure didn't take long. He must keep a spare long knife in his desk drawer ready for such occasions.
"You know, normally politicians don't want to be outshone. Well you know you've got Bill Clinton lurking in the background. But Hillary Clinton, a very charismatic figure for many Americans — generally a lot of politicians don't like to put somebody like that on the ticket. You know rule one for the vice president is make sure you never upstage the president, right? It's rule one. You know, Hillary Clinton in some ways couldn't help but upstage, even if she was trying not to."
Yeah, Obama's gonna need somebody who's so uninteresting, so lifeless and unmemorable, that he or she would have no chance in the world of ever upstaging him.
Maybe someone like Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell?
Tags: Barack Obama, Ed Rendell, Hillary Clinton, Pennsylvania
I just watched this video of Pennsylvania Governor (then Philadelphia Mayor) Ed Rendell from back in 1997, and I don't understand it.
Why? Why? Why in the world would Ed Rendell be praising Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan?
I don't even mean that as an insult to Farrakhan (I'm sure he loves his kids, or whatever), but it just seems like a remarkably weird thing for a politician — a Jewish politician — to do. Didn't he realize that eleven years later, he would be a major player in the presidential race?
I can't imagine this will have a huge (or any) effect on the Pennsylvania primaries — being that Rendell is an outspoken Clinton supporter — but I wonder if this will make any waves in the wake of Obama's Jeremiah Wright "scandal." I mean, this would be equally as stupid.
Tags: Ed Rendell, Hillary Clinton, Jeremiah Wright, Louis Farrakhan, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia