This Is Not A Rhetorical Question: What Is Wrong With Ed Rendell?
On Sunday, Rendell and Darrell Issa (R-CA) debated over Sestak-Gate, no one won, and Rendell specifically stated Sestak-Gate isn’t even a “Gate” because what was done happens all the time. Okay.
He said the administration was only at fault for dragging their feet on an explanation concerning the non-“Gate” “Gate.”
He also claimed he did the same thing in 2006, offering Joe Hoeffel a spot in his administration if the MontCo liberal agreed to not run against Bob Casey in the Pennsylvania Democratic senate primary. Except records show Hoeffel was actually set to run for Lt. Governor. Um, okay.
The other night, the guv appeared on the Sean Hannity propaganda comedy hour and spilled the beans about his own involvement in the ordeal. He said, “Rahm Emanuel and I had discussions about this…We very much wanted to persuade Congressman Sestak to stay in the House and run for his seat, ’cause he would have won his seat easily and now that’s a seat that’s up for grabs. So I know that the administration did not want to offer him a job that would have meant he would have to leave Congress.”
Let’s address a few points, shall we?
First off, memos show that although the “Gate” was sort of Gate-ish, in that if there were a crime the cover-up was filled with even more dumb-ass-hattery, there wasn’t an actual crime committed because there was no official offer. Blah, meandering political games can make your head explode, but Rendell’s constant foot-in-mouth vocal repetition about how this “happens all the time,” it’s just stupid. That’s like saying giving Sean Hannity credibility by appearing on his show is OK because television exists, there are things called shows, they’re sometimes hosted by weasels and human beings appear on them “all the time.” Get it?
Second, why has Rendell brought up his own 2006 case as an example? Is he sacrificing his own reputation for the good of the Democratic president? We doubt it. And, at that, why lie about it and say it had anything to do with Bob Casey? We’d cite the guv’s general jackassery in front of the camera as an excuse, but the Lt. Governor position is something he’s extremely close to – there’s no way he’d mistake so many specifics concerning his own job offer. Not to mention there’s definitely no love lost between he and Bob Casey.
Last, why has Rendell consistently complained about the White House not coming clean and, therefore, outing Rendell himself as a piece of this whole mess? Is he that desperate for attention? The governor’s antics are all over the place and, as usual, he continues making matters worse for everyone around him, especially those candidates he hadn’t originally endorsed and who went onto win their oft-important elections – Casey, Obama, Sestak – proving over and over again, Rendell’s endorsement holds about as much weight as Alan Keyes’.
This is the part of the blog in which another blogger may say something like, “You stay classy, Ed.” And yet, that’s one of the most overused, stale pieces of what-you-might-call-sarcasm in all the Interwebs. It’s just awful. We can only hope it goes away after this non-sequitarial explanation of its stupidity and the following sentences used as a sarcastic homage to the bland, supposed sarcasm.
Seriously, Ed, stay classy. Class it up.