"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," he said bluntly.Rendell, the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, has already endorsed Hillary Clinton for president.
Our eyes only met briefly, perhaps because the governor wanted to spare the only black guy in the room from feeling self-conscious for backing an obvious loser. "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 [note: Mr. Rendell did not call the brother "articulate"], charismatic, good-looking -- but white instead of black, instead of winning by 22 points, I would have won by 17 or so."
I know I have a habit of sometimes zoning out in these meetings, but it sounded to me like Mr. Rendell had unilaterally declared Pennsylvania to be Alabama circa 1963. Was he suggesting that Pennsylvanians are uniquely racist in ways that folks in the states Mr. Obama has won so far aren't? By the way, Mr. Obama won Alabama on Super Tuesday, thank you very much!
I'm sure Rendell is frustrated that Sen. Obama keeps beating his girl, Hillary, in state after sate, but should the governor be playing the race card?
I'm a conservative white guy and I proud to say I voted for Lynn Swann in 2006. It never occurred to me that I was voting for a black man. I thought I was voting for the best candidate for governor.
And If I were to vote in Pennsylvania's Democratic primary on April 22, I'd pick Obama over Clinton without hesitation. So where are these "conservative whites" that Rendell speaks of who would not support a black candidate?
Sounds like Rendell knows Hillary Clinton is about to lose the nomination, but he can't come to grips with reality. The racial comments were unnecessary, governor. For more on Rendell's comments, check out The New Republic and the TalkingPointsMemo blog.
Rendell is one of those "super delegates" we keep hearing so much about. Those are the party establishment and most of them are backing Hillary Clinton. What will Rendell do if Obama wins Pennsylvania? Will he go against the will of the voters?