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Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 12/28/2010

Bloomberg, Rendell and 'a nation of wusses'

By Jonathan Capehart

Snow makes people cranky. But if you're a public official, you're probably crankier than most. Two great yet different examples of this come from New York and Pennsylvania. New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg is getting smacked around for the city's lagging street plowing response. During a testy press briefing yesterday, Bloomberg chastised folks for ignoring his warnings to stay off the streets and not to drive unless it is absolutely necessary.

"We explicitly asked people to take mass transit and not to drive" so that emergency vehicles wouldn't be impeded by stranded cars. New York being New York, more than a few ignored that warning.

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) wins hands down for the best snowruption. During a radio interview yesterday, he was beside himself that the Philadelphia Eagles game scheduled for Sunday was canceled due to the snow.

It is an absolute joke. I was looking forward to this. This would have been a real experience. It's what football is all about. Good Lord, we're becoming a nation of wusses. The Chinese are kicking our butt in everything... And Will Bunch is right... If this was in China, do you think the Chinese would have called off the game? He's right, the people would have been marching down to the stadium. They would have walked and they would have been doing calculus on their way down.

"A nation of wusses"?! Ouch! But he's got a point. With our padded playgrounds and safety helmets, the next generation perhaps will never know the joys of and lessons learned from a skinned knee or an ill-advised trick on a bike, rollerblades or skateboard. What I take issue with is Rendell's musings on the Chinese. Yes, the people would have been marching down to the stadium -- by order of the state.

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 28, 2010; 12:40 PM ET
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Comments

Loved Rendell's comments about the game. (But not sure how the Chinese would have handled it.)
Anyway, it was refreshing to hear a Democrat point out that we've become too soft. Football is meant to be played in cold and snow!!!

Posted by: spro | December 28, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

They both have fair points. Football is a winter sport and sometimes it snows in winter, and snow removal requires city residents to not think they're special just because they own some tricked-out overpriced luxury SUV (that will inevitably get stuck in the snow and require city assistance to move).

Posted by: dkp01 | December 28, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

How DID humans survive before the advent of snowstorms and the government's duty to shovel them out?
Wuss is much too kind.

Posted by: spamsux1 | December 28, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Governor Rendell publicly criticized local officials for postponing the Vikings/Eagles game. If the game had been played Sunday night the governor would have attended -- in a chauffer driven government vehicle with a police escort. There could have been 70,000 fans at the game. This tranlates very consrvatively to 15,000 vehicles on the roads and possibly stuck in the snow. This was at the same time government officals were asking the public to stay off the roads. The governor compared the situation to how the Chinese would have managed it. In China a senior government official would not have publicly criticized local officials, and I would not be allowed to publicly criticize him!

Posted by: AvidReader9 | December 28, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Gov. Ed should maybe set up calculus classes for Philadelphia Eagles fans. And what exactly was Rendell's military record?

Posted by: MickNamVet | December 28, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Send Rendell to Washington!

Someone needs to tell the whole country to "suck it up".

Posted by: MHawke | December 28, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

I'm sick of Ed Rendell's cartoonish masculinity eruptions. It's too bad there wasn't a little quiet guy around for him to bully and beat up to emphasize his point.

He needs to man down.

Posted by: uh_huhh | December 28, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

want no traffic deaths... outlaw driving
want no beach drownings... outlaw swimming in the ocean
want no food poisoning... outlaw eating

want nothing bad to happen ever? sit on your couch and listen to obama tell you how good everything is.

Posted by: docwhocuts | December 28, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

quick reaction-

the story has very little traction as the past is past

I thought Mike Missanelli's responses to Governor Rendell"s macho posturing silliness were right on point

DOES ANYONE DOUBT that if the game had not been called off and the anticipated snow had hit with the fierceness and velocity of the storm that hit NY and someone or one's were seriously hurt in ensuing accidents theSTRUTING GOVERNOR WOULD HAVE EXCORIATED THE NFL for not cancelling the game- spare us these posturing politicians

Posted by: 27anon72 | December 28, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Yes..the Chinese would have been marching en mass to shovel out the stadium!!

Posted by: joy5 | December 28, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

"How DID humans survive before the advent of snowstorms and the government's duty to shovel them out?"

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they did not attend very many professional sporting events, for one thing.

Posted by: stoat1 | December 28, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

"How DID humans survive before the advent of snowstorms and the government's duty to shovel them out?"

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they did not attend very many professional sporting events, for one thing.

Posted by: stoat1 | December 28, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

bah. double post.

someone get me a tax cut, STAT!!!

Posted by: stoat1 | December 28, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Cut this instead.

http://soundbible.com/680-Rigid-Fart.html

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | December 28, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Funny, I seem to remember Rendell vetoing "Castle Doctrine" law, which would've removed the duty to retreat before use of deadly force.

He apparently wants his citizens to surrender and retreat in the face of thuggery when their lives and families are in danger.

But a snowstorm turns him into Chuck Norris.


What a clown.

Posted by: Please_Fix_VAs_Roads | December 28, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Yes, we have become a nation of wusses. Also a nation of idiots. Here in Minnesota, we've had record snowfalls and it's only Dec., yet people who know better speed on our highways while using their cellphones. I've seen many cars in ditches for the last two weeks, all out of stupidity. They pass on snow and ice roads, endanger others and just don't get it. What the hell??/

Posted by: carolmillerburrows | December 28, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Gov. Rendell was concerned about his part time job as a game analyst on COMCAST following the Eagles games! He probably is not free today!

Posted by: philly3 | December 28, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Ed Rendell calling people names? This moral coward calling others wusses? Slick Eddieis a self-absorbed joke. GET HIM OUTTA HERE.

Posted by: farhorizons | December 28, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

spro:
"Football is meant to be played in cold and snow!!!"

Football used to be meant to be played in the cold and now. Now it's meant to be played in whatever environment guarantees they can sell the greatest number of $10 cups of beer.

Posted by: presto668 | December 28, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

MickNamVet wrote:
"Gov. Ed should maybe set up calculus classes for Philadelphia Eagles fans. And what exactly was Rendell's military record?"

What, exactly, doesRendell's military record have to do with what he said or with playing football in snow?

Agree or disagree with what Mr. Rendell said, but stay away from the stuff that has nothing to do with the topic.

Side note, Mr. Rendell is a season ticket holder to Eagles games, paid for by him, and he sits in the stands, not in a luxury box or suite. I pretty much took what he said the way he said it; as a football fan. No more, no less.

dungarees2@gmail.com

Posted by: Dungarees | December 28, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

I grew up in Northern VA, then moved to Minneapolis a number of years ago. I find it interesting that winter weather events only get attention when they happen to major eastern cities. Here in MN, 18 inches of snow recently fell in one storm, and kids went to school the next day. The airport operations slowed down, but people know what to do and just do it- My advise is to just suck it up. The biggest laugh was Heathrow airport- 5 inches of snow crippling the airport for 3 days- how pitiful is that - we often get that much before breakfast...

Posted by: staussfamily | December 28, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

I dont agree with Ed Rendell on many things bit I do agree with him in regards to the NFL.....Wussesses they are for sure!!!!

Posted by: progrills | December 28, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Yes, the Chinese would have brought their shovels to shovel the snow - and then the next day they'd put a roof on the stadium and the next day, the game would be played. And they'd do calculus during halftime. Or solve the famous "snowplow problem" of calculus.
We should then get our strong and muscular teenagers out there with the shovels and clear the sidewalks, instead of letting them sit on their butts all day doing nothing.

Posted by: dmuench | December 28, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

want no traffic deaths... outlaw driving
want no beach drownings... outlaw swimming in the ocean
want no food poisoning... outlaw eating

want nothing bad to happen ever? sit on your couch and listen to obama tell you how good everything is.

Posted by: docwhocuts

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Right. Coming from a guy whose profession kills 100,000 Americans every year because of medical errors and only cares about getting sued for incompetence. And that doesn't count that "Ooops, I amputated the wrong leg by accident. Silly me. Did admin make sure this guy signed a release form?"

Posted by: James10 | December 28, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Amen Governor!

Posted by: Epistolarian | December 28, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

It's American men who are wusses. Their women push them around. Their government pushes them around. They push each other around for their women and their government.

If it wasn't for all their high-tech pseudo genitalia the rest of the world would push them around too but that day is coming. You can't hide behind your advanced technology forever.

Posted by: politbureau | December 28, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

I see the governor's point and agree totally.

Chinese? How about trying to cancel a game like that in Green Bay? Ha! Never happen.

Unfortunately, we do allow cell-phone crazy SUV drivers out in this weather. In Iowa and Nebraska they use these ditch-bound vehicles as mile markers — sometimes even 1/10th mile markers. The idiots seem to think 4-wheel drive will make them stop better.

Sometimes these idiots kill.

But nothing, nothing, nothing is as bad as 1/2-inch of snow south of the Mason-Dixon line. Those poor people down there work so hard to dodge every snowflake.

Posted by: colonelpanic | December 28, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

politbureau, you sound like a huge flamer

Posted by: taonima2000 | December 28, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

He is absolutely right. I'll send this man to washington tomorrow. Hope he is against giving the country away and illegal immigrants.

Posted by: ancientenemy | December 28, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

We have gone from the home of the BRAVE to the home of the scared by anything and everything these days. The fear mongering is an industry that props up the profits of the likes of FAUX news and our military industrial complex. Lets see we should fear gays in the military, muslims,the most likely dead Osama Bin Laden, a god forbid President who is not white and from the foreign land of Hawaii, underwear bombers, immigrants, killer bees etc. etc. etc.ad infinitum. The politicians most egregious the Repugnicans make all these be afraid of's for us and then purport to have the solutions to the problems. How much has America spent on the TSA since 9 11? Billions and billions and how many shoes have we taken off since the shoe bomber? YOu catch the drift we are a bunch of wussies and Rendell has it right unless we educate our citizens to not be so wussie we will bankrupt ourselves in the name of comfort and false security. OBAMANOS!

Posted by: jbento | December 28, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

The govenor was way off base. 70,000 fans coming to a game in that environment would have made for countless accidents with possible injuries and even deaths. It's easy for a guy with a driver, police escort and sky box to call somebody else a wuss. But could you imagine the numbers of regular fans in the stands, sitting exposed to those conditions for 4 hours, drinking alcohol and then trying to drive. Give me a break.

Posted by: JDYoung | December 29, 2010 3:20 AM | Report abuse

That's funny, Capehart, why don't you go smile and shuffle your feet some more on mslsd with ol' Uncle Gene Robinson, and tell us all how great Obama and his crew are, and your crew, and laugh and smile and grin all over the place. Lawdy, Lawdy.

Posted by: lorenzo2121 | December 29, 2010 3:56 AM | Report abuse

No Jonathan, not a nation of wyusses, just the liberals and progressives. Especially the Men and hard core womens libbers.
Most conservetives will go it alone if the giovernment would get out of the way.

Basically just you libs that run and cry for the government to hold your hand when things get a bit tough.

Posted by: TBsportsguy | December 29, 2010 6:22 AM | Report abuse

As an older citizen with a little more historical perspective than most I definitely think we are substantially softer than we used to be. Government's relentless effort to mother us has had the effect of making us less self-reliant and more like the sissies Rendell had in mind.

Posted by: hit4cycle | December 29, 2010 7:13 AM | Report abuse

Not only is there a number of people in the USA that give up when anything is difficult, they attack those who do not giver up as being insane. Many will never forgive President Bush for not giving up when they did. Then they gave up on elections and lost the House. They give up on anything and perhaps everything.

What do we do?

Posted by: GaryEMasters | December 29, 2010 7:20 AM | Report abuse

The only real men in the United States are black men. They're not afraid of women. They're not afraid of the Man. And they're not afraid to be themselves.

Posted by: politbureau | December 29, 2010 8:12 AM | Report abuse

What did tough guy, Governor Christie of New Jersey, have to say about this? Oh, he was in Disney World. Warm and sunny you say?

Posted by: UncommonCommoner | December 29, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

"Right. Coming from a guy whose profession kills 100,000 Americans every year because of medical errors and only cares about getting sued for incompetence. And that doesn't count that "Ooops, I amputated the wrong leg by accident. Silly me. Did admin make sure this guy signed a release form?"

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How do you spell ad hominem? But since you brought it up...

The error rate in medicine highlights the inherent fallability of any human endeavor. We all make mistakes--doctors too--it is simply that when physicians err the stakes are much higher than in many other professions.

Should we, as a profession, accept that many of our patients will have a preventable error in the course of their hospitalization? No. Should we continue our patient safety initiatives--like surgical timeouts and site verifications to prevent wrong-site surgery--to minimize, as much as possible, those errors? Yes. Are all adverse outcomes in medicine a result of an error on the part of the physician? Absolutely not. Suggesting that we fully comprehend the intricacies of physiology that govern this wondrous machine well enough to prevent all adverse events is the height of arrogance. The more of this I do, the more I recognize my own woeful ignorance.

One final thought. If you were in a profession where the vast odds are that, sometime during your career--through your negligence or, more likely, not--you're going to be the defendant in a lawsuit for millions of dollars, wouldn't you mitigate that risk to the best of your ability?

Posted by: angusyoung | December 29, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Bloomberg wants to buy the Presidency

But he cannot keep New York running

Bloomberg is a liberal loser

Posted by: georgedixon1 | December 29, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

We might be a nation of Wussies; but I'll definitely say that we are a nation of Watchers! Get off your butts and get out there and shovel for 15-30 minutes! If everyone did that instead of sitting there and watching stupid shows like "Biggest Loser" or just whining and complaining, maybe things would be better. Let's Work, Not Watch & Whine!!!!

Posted by: MikeV2 | December 29, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse


Is this all about our nation being a bunch of wussies, or is it an attempt by our politicians to keep our minds off what's really important.

There's something about the possibility of a family being killed in an auto wreck, while on their way to a football game that can ruin your Christmas.

But I guess if you're supposed to be a "professional athlete" like American swimmer Fran Crippen, who was willing to die of a heart attack while taking part a 10km marathon swimming tournament in Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates, you're simply being a wussy.

I'm sure the Governor and Mayor feel they're throwing their lives to the wind when they run out the door of their mansions and into their preheated limos every cold morning.

I'm sure they also have someone call ahead to the stadium to make sure their boxes are comfy also!

Posted by: helloisanyoneoutthere | December 29, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Yup, Ed. We're wusses. But you were talking about us being physical wusses. True enough, but not so much the point. (Full disclosure--I still shovel my own snow, but I hate it and would prefer to be inside in the warm rather than working--and muttering--in the cold).

But what's more dangerous is our intellectual wussiness. We know less and less, think less and less, accept without hesitation more bullsh!t from political "entertainers" of all political persuasions. We have abdicated our responsibility to inform ourselves and think critically. We're in deep doooo.

Now, Ed, if you want to sit in the cold and freeze your ____ off at a football game, so be it. Knock yourself out. And proclaim yourself Mr. Testosterone of 2010 if you must. But next time, focus more on the calculus.

Posted by: post_reader_in_wv | December 29, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Yes, without a doubt, America has become a nation of wusses. From "helicopter parents" to kids wearing helmets while they cross the street to go to their Montessori school, America is a husk of the country that was the respected leader of the world. What would Patton say?

By the by, Mr.Capehart, your, "What I take issue with is Rendell's musings on the Chinese. Yes, the people would have been marching down to the stadium -- by order of the state." comment was pretty "wuss-like" as well.

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

My favorite picture of a "wussy" is the one of Barry Obama riding a girls bike during one his innumerable vacations to Marthas Vineyard.

Posted by: carlbatey | December 29, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Given the penchant for drunkeness and bad behavior at NFL games.....particularly night games in Philadelphis, Rendell's indignation that the game should have been played on Sunday reveals him for what he is, an idiot. Imagine how many people would have been stranded and injured after accidents in truly disastrous weather. Imagine how many idiot Eagles fans would have been throwing snowballs at their inept Eagles.

Being tough is one thing. Being a fool is another. Count Ed Rendell among the fools. Good riddance when he goes!

Posted by: buggerianpaisley1 | December 29, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Lorenzo said:
'That's funny, Capehart, why don't you go smile and shuffle your feet some more on mslsd with ol' Uncle Gene Robinson, and tell us all how great Obama and his crew are, and your crew, and laugh and smile and grin all over the place. Lawdy, Lawdy.'

Uh-huh, but we aren't racist are we Lorenzo? No, of course not, couldn't be. and the emporers new clothes are really lovely. Nasty, nasty.

Posted by: underhill | December 29, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Given the penchant for drunkeness and bad behavior at NFL games.....particularly night games in Philadelphis, Rendell's indignation that the game should have been played on Sunday reveals him for what he is, an idiot. Imagine how many people would have been stranded and injured after accidents in truly disastrous weather. Imagine how many idiot Eagles fans would have been throwing snowballs at their inept Eagles.

Being tough is one thing. Being a fool is another. Count Ed Rendell among the fools. Good riddance when he goes!

Posted by: buggerianpaisley1 | December 29, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

"What I take issue with is Rendell's musings on the Chinese. Yes, the people would have been marching down to the stadium -- by order of the state."

What is wrong with marching by order of the state? How else could our Darnells and Shaniquas displace more deserving students in colleges all across America?!

Oh, I'm sorry: I just remembered Mr. Jonathan Capehart is African American, a member of the oppressed class... but whatever. Be thankful that our Government orders people around through Affirmative Action.

Posted by: by78 | December 29, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

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