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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
Ed Rendell is the governor of Pennsylvania. He's been in politics long enough that he should know you don't say stuff around an open microphone that can come back to bite you in your situation.
And if you're a male chauvinist you should be extra careful.
Yesterday Rendell was commenting on the nomination of Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano to be the head of the Department of Homeland Security. There was an open microphone nearby and we were treated to Rendell's musings that Napolitano would be perfect for the job because she has "no life." She has "no family." She can work 20 hours a day protecting the homeland.
These are the mutterings of a moron. CNN's Campbell Brown wrote a commentary in which she asked if Michael Chertoff, the current head of Homeland Security or Tom Ridge, the first head of Homeland Security were hampered in the performance of their duties by the fact that both men are married and have children.
At the same time we move forward and elect an African-American president we have the governor of Pennsylvania dragging his sexist knuckles along the ground insulting a fellow governor.
Governor Rendell did issue a clarification today during a press conference on budget reductions. Rendell said what he meant to say was that Janet Napolitano is a person who works 24-7 just like him.
Here’s my question to you: Does Ed Rendell owe Janet Napolitano an apology for saying she has “no life?”
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Lynn from Ohio writes:
Absolutely! The comments about not having a family being an asset to one’s ability to dedicate themselves to a career are ok, but to insinuate that the lack of having a family in some way translates to not having a life is ridiculous. My father-in-law is right: the guy is a total idiot!
This to me is the media blowing these comments out of proportion. Someone without family would indeed be able to devote more time to their job, correct? And that rule of thumb applies to males or females. Why do people always insist on declaring comments sexist or racist? I'm a female and I take no offense whatsoever to the statements made.
Diff from Maryland writes:
Governor Rendell is an idiot and a big mouth. I think he honestly thought he would be in the Obama Cabinet or maybe the V.P. pick. It’s sour grapes from a sour puss. He owes an apology to all working women.
Rob from Iowa writes:
Why does any politician bother to apologize? They say it because they mean it. Saying you’re sorry doesn’t change a thing.
I bet if there was an open mic after news reporters finish their day, we would hear a lot worse than Rendell's attempt at humor.
Beverly from Fredricksburg, Virginia writes:
In Rendell's world, Pennsylvanians wouldn't vote for Obama and only childless women could be qualified for positions he appears not considered for. Men like him are a dying breed and God Bless them, for they know not what they know not.
Venia from Pennsylvania writes:
Rendell is my governor and, like him or hate him, he calls a spade a spade. If he says that Napolitano has no life than she needs to get one.