Rendell’s mouth makes news again

    Our former Governor and Mayor Ed Rendell is back in the news for not being on-message with the Obama campaign. The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza has a piece calling Rendell an “Obama antagonist” for a number of sins – his calling the Obama campaign’s attacks on Mitt Romney’s work at Bain Capital “disappointing,” and the prediction in his book A Nation of Wusses that Hillary would run for president in 2016.

    Who cares about [Rendell]?,” Cillizza quotes an unnamed Democratic strategist as saying. “Why is he doing it? Relevancy. He’s also trying to sell a book, pure and simple.”

    Wrong. Put a microphone in front of Ed a few times a day, and you’ll get something provocative often enough, whether he’s pushing a book, running for office, or ordering a cheese steak.

    He wasn’t selling a book in the 2000 presidential election, when he was Democratic National Committee chairman and said any number of things that got him in nominee Al Gore’s doghouse.

    That’s just Ed being Ed, and it’s one reason reporters enjoy covering him, even some he’s vented his fury at.

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