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Posted at 4:02 PM ET, 12/28/2010

Ed Rendell: We're a 'nation of wusses'

By Post Editor

It's worth noting that while Michael Bloomberg is chastising his constituents for not reacting well to the Northeast snowstorm, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell (D) has gone a step farther, railing against the whole country over the rescheduling of a football game. From the Early Lead:

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell really disliked the NFL's decision to move the Sunday night game between the Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles to tonight because of a blizzard forecast.

After calling the postponement "a joke" and saying that "Vince Lombardi would be spinning in his grave," on Sunday, his anger was unabated Monday, when he made frequent use of the "w" word.

"My biggest beef is that this is part of what's happened in this country," Rendell said in an interview on 97.5 radio in Philly. "I think we've become wussies. ... We've become a nation of wusses. The Chinese are kicking our butt in everything. If this was in China do you think the Chinese would have called off the game? People would have been marching down to the stadium, they would have walked and they would have been doing calculus on the way down."

He needs to focus on the big picture: Moving the game to Tuesday -- the NFL's first on that day since 1946 -- means that there have been NFL games on four of the last five days. Who doesn't like that?

By Post Editor  | December 28, 2010; 4:02 PM ET
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Comments

Governor Edd Rendell said that this country has become a nation of wusses. The haters that are responding to this article brought President Obama into the discussion as usual. I suspect that those who spout out hatred here are compensating for their inability to publicly lynch fellow Americans with nooses. The President is now taking the verbal lynchings for us all.

Posted by: oraukwu | December 31, 2010 2:31 AM | Report abuse

Okay, I know I'm a little late, but I don't think we are so much a country of wusses as much as we are a country of people who will SUE IN THE DROP OF A HAT. Sure the game could have gone on as planned, but all it would take is those few people to be in a traffic accident and the blame would be laid at the feet of the city of Philadelphia and the NFL. We're not wusses, we're litigious and I think that is why the game was cancelled.

Posted by: DayDreaMer1 | December 30, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Well if we are a nation of wusses, our Marxist mulatto in the white house is the chief one

Posted by: nomobarry
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I am amazed at how complete idiots can make any news article about Obama.

You people are loony morons.

Posted by: Independent4tw | December 30, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Well if we are a nation of wusses, our Marxist mulatto in the white house is the chief one

Posted by: nomobarry | December 29, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

We are a Nation of wussies... All non rich White Boys who vote Republican are whiny wussies. Non rich Republican voters need to Man Up and stop retreating into their wussie femininine side. Republican lap dog politicians who cater to the rich are wussies. Mean Mitch McConnell and Cry Baby Boehner are wusses. Lap dog Republican politicians and the non rich drones who vote for them are the main contributors to the wussinization of America. Democrats Men are real Men who form the backbone that keep America strong.

Posted by: ODDOWL | December 29, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Just like we measure our "well being" using the Consumer Confidence Scale the Gov believes we should measure our courage using football schedules. If that's actually the case then this country is much worse off than I thought. Watching supposedly grown men scramble their brains chasing a ball up and down a field is not what I would consider to be much of a social value, nor does it serve much of a purpose other than to distract us from our empty lives. Maybe the Gov and the rest of us should take a minute and reflect on our values and consider dropping things like ball chasing down a few notches on the list of things to do.

Posted by: inewsmaster | December 29, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Normally, Gov. Rendell is a reasonable guy but he seems to have lost his compass on this one or he's just playing the old populist macho guy card.

Perhaps, the governor and all those posting comments here about our national "wussiness" crisis should stop to consider that people driving to and from football games in blizzards are putting their safety at risk. What would the govenor think if someone had died driving to the game? Game time traffic potentially interferes with getting the roads cleared for *essential* vehicles (e.g. ambulances) to get around and help people in need during the storm.

(Oh, and let's not forget about the relationship between heavy alcohol consumption and hypothermia.)

For those who think rescheduling the game is some indicator of the lack of national toughness, it's just a football game fellas, put it perspective.

Posted by: rbtewes | December 29, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Normally, Gov. Rendell is a reasonable guy but he seems to have lost his compass on this one or he's just playing the old populist macho guy card.

Perhaps, the governor and all those posting comments here about our national "wussiness" crisis should stop to consider that people driving to and from football games in blizzards are putting their safety at risk. What would the govenor think if someone had died driving to the game? Game time traffic potentially interferes with getting the roads cleared for *essential* vehicles (e.g. ambulances) to get around and help people in need during the storm.

(Oh, and let's not forget about the relationship between heavy alcohol consumption and hypothermia.)

For those who think rescheduling the game is some indicator of the lack of national toughness, it's just a football game fellas, put it perspective.

Posted by: rbtewes | December 29, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

The analogy to Bloomberg is a bad one. The NFL is not part of the government. However, NYC is the sphere of that mayor's control and poor leadership. A man who was again digging out his car only to be.stranded by snow covered roads was incensed. He was a shed by a reporter if he was taking Bloomberg's advice: Be Patient. Go to a broadway show- Mary Poppins is playing.

The ideal, everyday American Everyman's response: "Mary Poppins!!! I have bills to pay and kids to feed. Get these roads cleared!"

CNN this morning

Posted by: rhondaonecvoice | December 29, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

What you advocate, "sir", is TREASON.
__________________________________________
The United States has not yet reached the

pinnacle of Wussdom. So long as far-left

presidents like Obama and his crew reside

in the White House, and fail to shore our

national borders and make an example of

the radical Muslims, then the United States

and the entire world are in danger from

the primate mentality of the al Quiada,

Hesbollah, Hamas and the Taliban. Obama

needs to either serve out his term or

become impeached and an ex-military,

namely General McChrystal inserted in his

place to return discipline and organization

to our country, because with Obama at the

helm, we do not even have "ORGANIZATED

CONFUSION," but what we do have is a

president that has never worn the uniform

that he professes to love, and therefore,

he has no sense of organization, in the

organizational sense that he would have

learned as a military officer.

Posted by: stevec3 | December 29, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

What you advocate, "sir", is TREASON.
__________________________________________
The United States has not yet reached the

pinnacle of Wussdom. So long as far-left

presidents like Obama and his crew reside

in the White House, and fail to shore our

national borders and make an example of

the radical Muslims, then the United States

and the entire world are in danger from

the primate mentality of the al Quiada,

Hesbollah, Hamas and the Taliban. Obama

needs to either serve out his term or

become impeached and an ex-military,

namely General McChrystal inserted in his

place to return discipline and organization

to our country, because with Obama at the

helm, we do not even have "ORGANIZATED

CONFUSION," but what we do have is a

president that has never worn the uniform

that he professes to love, and therefore,

he has no sense of organization, in the

organizational sense that he would have

learned as a military officer.

Posted by: stevec3 | December 29, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Well Ed, since you are a far left liberal I do not usually agree with you but in this instance I do agree with you 100%. We have become a nation of wusses. More and more we are defering to someone else to tell us what to do. Not that it relates to football, but more and more the younger generations seem to be content to let the government make decisions for them and tell the people what to do instead of the citizens telling the government.

Posted by: countryfirst1 | December 29, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Rendell is the current poster child for local political posturing although he will have tough sledding to make the Pennsylvania hall of fame when Mayor Street, Gov.s Casey, Schweiker and Thornburg and a cast of thousands vie for the honor never mind a national title with the likes of Patterson of NY and Brown of CA not to mention the "Nuanced President" Obama.

Posted by: DrMysterious | December 29, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Rendell should be more concerned with public safety versus his personal entertainment.Has done a poor job of maintaining commonwelath roads during his tenure. A few years ago major highways were impassible in what was called the Valentine's Day event. The potholes and his attempt to make interstates into toll roads shows lack of concern for traveling public. Besides, didn't the mayor of Philadelphia, Mr. Nutter, declare an emergency in Philly?

Posted by: tmd678 | December 29, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

I suppose he'd rather have people risk injury and tie up clean up efforts by the city just so the game could go on. Ed Rendell is the biggest fool the state of Pennsylvania has ever elected and thank God and Greyhound, he's gone! Or will soon be.

Posted by: Lilycat11 | December 29, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

We've become a nation of wusses in more ways than one, just as we have become sports addicts. When a Governor rants and raves over a football game maybe we have got our eye on the wrong ball, eh?

Posted by: ChiefSignalman | December 29, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse

The United States has not yet reached the

pinnacle of Wussdom. So long as far-left

presidents like Obama and his crew reside

in the White House, and fail to shore our

national borders and make an example of

the radical Muslims, then the United States

and the entire world are in danger from

the primate mentality of the al Quiada,

Hesbollah, Hamas and the Taliban. Obama

needs to either serve out his term or

become impeached and an ex-military,

namely General McChrystal inserted in his

place to return discipline and organization

to our country, because with Obama at the

helm, we do not even have "ORGANIZATED

CONFUSION," but what we do have is a

president that has never worn the uniform

that he professes to love, and therefore,

he has no sense of organization, in the

organizational sense that he would have

learned as a military officer. Therefore,

to reduce the stigma of Wussdom in the

United States, reinstitute the draft so

that ever American citizen, male and

female can share in the responsibility to

protect their country, and then observe

"WUSSDOM" rapidly disappear. It is no

wonder that bin Laden had the opportunity

to strike when he did, and currently, none

of the radical Muslim's battles have been

avenged. When was the last time anyone in

America was privy to an American victory

in the Middle East? Never; because the

Wusses in Washington have burdened our

military forces with words like

"COLLATERAL DAMAGE," "RULES OF ENGAGEMENT."

Posted by: dennishabern1 | December 29, 2010 7:00 AM | Report abuse

The United States has not yet reached the

pinnacle of Wussdom. So long as far-left

presidents like Obama and his crew reside

in the White House, and fail to shore our

national borders and make an example of

the radical Muslims, then the United States

and the entire world are in danger from

the primate mentality of the al Quiada,

Hesbollah, Hamas and the Taliban. Obama

needs to either serve out his term or

become impeached and an ex-military,

namely General McChrystal inserted in his

place to return discipline and organization

to our country, because with Obama at the

helm, we do not even have "ORGANIZATED

CONFUSION," but what we do have is a

president that has never worn the uniform

that he professes to love, and therefore,

he has no sense of organization, in the

organizational sense that he would have

learned as a military officer. Therefore,

to reduce the stigma of Wussdom in the

United States, reinstitute the draft so

that ever American citizen, male and

female can share in the responsibility to

protect their country, and then observe

"WUSSDOM" rapidly disappear. It is no

wonder that bin Laden had the opportunity

to strike when he did, and currently, none

of the radical Muslim's battles have been

avenged. When was the last time anyone in

America was privy to an American victory

in the Middle East? Never; because the

Wusses in Washington have burdened our

military forces with words like

"COLLATERAL DAMAGE," "RULES OF ENGAGEMENT."

Posted by: dennishabern1 | December 29, 2010 6:58 AM | Report abuse


He should have said "We're a 'nation of complaining, crying, criticizing, whining, spoiled wusses."

***

Posted by: Evenfoolsarerightsometimes | December 28, 2010 11:31 PM | Report abuse

I will be so glad when Gov. Cheesesteak, the Philly mafioso, is finally out of office. He blew the response to a major snowstorm a couple of years ago, so he's got no legs to stand on. He's probably got a big chunk of Commonwealth money riding on the Eagles.

Posted by: srpinpgh | December 28, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Couldnt agree more. There are way to many wusses in this country. It's like giving every kid a trophy in a sport league when they went 0-8, just so no ones feelings or emotions are wronged. Toughen up America.

Posted by: Lancaster1977 | December 28, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Lol, I like the good ol "chinese are good at math" zinger that he plugged in there. Stay classy Pennsylvania!

Posted by: ozpunk | December 28, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Lol, I like the good ol "chinese are good at math" zinger that he plugged in there. Stay classy Pennsylvania!

Posted by: ozpunk | December 28, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Lol, I like the good ol "chinese are good at math" zinger that he plugged in there. Stay classy Pennsylvania!

Posted by: ozpunk | December 28, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Lol, I like the good ol "chinese are good at math" zinger that he plugged in there. Stay classy Pennsylvania!

Posted by: ozpunk | December 28, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

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