The DNCC announced today that among the “key speakers on the economy” set for Tuesday night at the Convention is Gov. Ed Rendell of PA. Rendell is set to speak on “how the failed policies of the last eight years have betrayed our values and left an economy out of balance.” Rendell joins a list of ardent Obama supporters: Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, Gov. Janet Napolitano, Governor Deval Patrick, Senator Bob Casey, etc. But Rendell? Lest we forget, it was only last February that Gov. Rendell, then in the HRC camp, raised a ruckus with this beauty (courtesy of HuffPo):
“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,” the Governor said, ironically, to a black reporter. “I believe, looking at the returns in my election, that had Lynn Swann [2006 Republican gubernatorial candidate] 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.”
Remember, if you will, that he said that only a day after Hillary, herself, made the fantastic, “”In the case of Louisiana, you know, a very strong and very proud African-American electorate, which I totally respect and understand,” statement in an attempt to disregard Obama’s victory there. That was when the HRC campaign was in full racist mode. And now Rendell is one of the “key speakers” on Tuesday night, the theme for which is “Renewing America’s Promise.” I find it slightly ironic.
The things we’ll do in the name of unity.