Rendell Slams Obama on Blagojevich
Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, is not happy with how Barack Obama and his team have handled the Rod Blagojevich scandal.
“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. “Did Rahm Emanuel who took Rod Blagojevich’s seat in Congress have contact with Rod Blagojevich? Of course he did,” Rendell said. “They may have thought he was the craziest S.O.B. in the world. But you still have to have contact with him.”
Oddly, Rendell seems much more excited about this than I am. Then again, so is Dave Schuler. Both voted for Obama; I didn’t. Of course, my scandalmeter may just be broken these days.