Sometimes I wish that some people would just shut the hell up already. This week Gov. Ed Rendell (who has a habit of inserting foot in mouth) made some very asinine comments to the Pittsburgh-Gazette. I swear people just can't leave this race thing alone. Nevermind the fact that Obama has consistently won some white and I mean lily white states, people still want to say that white folks won't vote for him. Rendell, who is a staunch Clinton supporter, choose to compare Obama's campaign to that of his gubernatorial rival in '06, Lynn Swann. I guess it's easy to compare Obama and Lynn Swann because they are both black and all black people are the same...SMH. Oh and don't let me forget to add that all black people look alike. It's not the voters with the problem; it's Ed Rendell with the problem. Obama's race bothers him.
Can we please stop with all this divisive stuff? let's stop it with race and with gender. Let's focus on these two magnificent candidates' policies and go from there.
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Gov. Ed Rendell, one of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s most visible supporters, said some white Pennsylvanians are likely to vote against her rival Barack Obama because he is black.
“You’ve got conservative whites here, and I think there are some whites who are probably not ready to vote for an African-American candidate,” Rendell told the editorial board of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in remarks that appeared in Tuesday’s paper.
To buttress his point, Rendell cited his 2006 re-election campaign, in which he defeated Republican challenger Lynn Swann, the former Pittsburgh Steelers star, by a margin of more than 60 percent to less than 40 percent.
“I believe, looking at the returns in my election, that had Lynn Swann been the identical candidate that he was — well-spoken, charismatic, good-looking — but white instead of black, instead of winning by 22 points, I would have won by 17 or so,” he said. “And that (attitude) exists. But on the other hand, that is counterbalanced by Obama’s ability to bring new voters into the electoral pool.”
Rendell, chairman of the Democratic National Committee in 2000 and previously Philadelphia’s mayor, endorsed Clinton on Jan. 23.
Pennsylvania holds its primary April 22.