‘Diplomatic’ language: 6 other times Ed Rendell’s mouth made headlines

His comment about “ugly women” led to a defender saying “he may not have taken his medicine,” but Rendell has been making hyperbolic observations for years.

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Ed Rendell has attracted some controversy since this morning, when a Washington Post article quoted him saying, “For every one he’ll lose 1½ , two Republican women. Trump’s comments like ‘You can’t be a 10 if you’re flat-chested,’ that’ll come back to haunt him. There are probably more ugly women in America than attractive women. People take that stuff personally.”

This afternoon, Gwendolyn Collins, president of the Pennsylvania Federation of Democratic Women, expressed surprise.

“I was totally taken off guard, because he’s more diplomatic and really has a very good vocabulary most of the time,” she said. “He might not have taken his medicine, or someone slipped him a mickey. It’s not like him to say something like that.”

Really? Come on. Rendell’s been making hyperbolic observations for years. Accessible via The Google, here are several we found after just a few minutes:

The Pope Fence

“The Pope went to Bolivia, Ecuador, and Paraguay and there was no fence. It boggles the mind why we have to put up a fence in the United States of America.”

Roger Goodell’s handling of Ray Rice’s domestic abuse case

“It’s a horror show of ineptitude and lying.”

Chris Christie

“It’s legal but it indicates a basic inferiority complex. If you are a Jerseyite or a Pennsylvanian and you’re rooting for the Cowboys, it means you’re not secure in yourself and you wanted to root for a team that was a team in your youth that was a constant winner.”

“Tell him I think he’s nothing but a wuss.”

Hillary Clinton’s email scandal

“They’ve handled the email issue poorly, maybe atrociously, certainly horribly. The campaign has been incredibly tone-deaf, not seeing this as a more serious issue.”

Janet Napolitano’s nomination as homeland security secretary 

“Janet’s perfect for that job. 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.”

Leslie Stahl’s “60 Minutes” report on casinos

“You guys don’t get that. You’re simpletons. You’re idiots if you don’t get that.”

Also: Rendell’s book is titled “A Nation of Wusses: How America’s Leaders Lost the Guts to Make Us Great.”

And last year, he made an appearance on an Eagles post game show wearing a bag over his head.

 

 

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