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Posted at 8:26 AM ET, 01/25/2011

Ed Rendell joins NBC News as political analyst

By Emi Kolawole

NBC News has announced that former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell will be the network's newest political analyst, following the departure of prime-time MSNBC host Keith Olbermann.

According to a press release, Rendell's title is "effective immediately," and will entail Rendell's contributing to both NBC News and its sister cable channel MSNBC.

"Governor Rendell has never been afraid to share his thoughtful analysis on national and local issues and he couldn't be a better fit for NBC News," said Capus. "His extensive experience serving the people of Pennsylvania gives him a unique perspective and we're thrilled to have him on board."

"I'm excited about this new opportunity with NBC because I believe our country faces critical challenges in the next two years," Rendell said. "The ability to have my voice heard and create an impact on the political discourse is exciting to me and is an extension of my continued commitment to public life."

Rendell, a former Democratic National Committee chairman, has appeared frequently on the political talk circuit, and has been quick to criticize his own party. During one appearance on CNN in October, Rendell called Democrats "a bunch of wusses," for failing to embrace the recently-passed health-care law.

- Felicia Sonmez contributed to this report.

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By Emi Kolawole  | January 25, 2011; 8:26 AM ET
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Comments

Why AM I not surprised? The way "Fast Eddie" toadied to Comcast here in PA, it's a no-brainer - they chose him to replace Olbermann because he wouldn't rock the monopolistic boat over there...

Posted by: lynncjaeger1 | January 25, 2011 6:39 PM | Report abuse

If this were sports, Rendell would be called "color commentary". Not that his views do not reflect knowledge and experience, but his expression of those views are highly entertaining.

Call him the "Terry Bradshaw" of politics.

Posted by: OldUncleTom | January 25, 2011 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Why didn't they label him a liberal? He is criticizing democrats for not being liberal enough. He allowed that abortion horror house to go on for 8 years in Philly, leaving women dead and live babies murdered. This is what NBC calls a step forward?

I guess his salary will be paid for with taxpayer stimulus money and TARP. Haven't we funded the dysfunction at NBC and MSNBC enough?

Posted by: Cornell1984 | January 25, 2011 10:02 AM | Report abuse

I was extremely sorry to see Olberman leave MSNBC; I am EXTREMELY happy to learn
that Ed Rendell will become a part of NBC and MSNBC. Congratulations to NBC!!!

Posted by: rbsher | January 25, 2011 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Who cares? Since NBC (MSNBC) fired Keith Olbermann I am boycotting ALL NBC stations.

Posted by: scoogy | January 25, 2011 9:37 AM | Report abuse

NBC ,Olberman to Rendell,proving,a skunk never changes its stripes.

Posted by: RIDGERUNNER5 | January 25, 2011 9:07 AM | Report abuse

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