Gov. Ed Rendell On Bloomberg’s Snow Troubles: “You Can’t Hit A Home Run Every Time At Bat”

By Cullen Dirner

Dec 31, 2010 2:47pm

ABC News' Amy Walter reports: Outgoing Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell has been a vocal critic of the NFL’s decision to postpone last weekend’s Philadelphia Eagles-Minnesota Viking game due to inclement weather, lamenting that “we’re becoming a nation of wussies.”  But, on ABC’s “Top Line” today Rendell came to the defense of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg who’s under fire for what many see as the city’s poor response to the snowstorm. “It was difficult to predict, it came very quickly and swiftly,” said Rendell, “New York’s had a very good track record of snow removal and you know, you can’t hit a home run every time at bat and even the best players in sports have bad days. I don’t know what happened in New York—I know some areas were clean better than others, but by and large, the Bloomberg Administration does a very good job on things like this.” On other weather-related matters, the Governor was much more sympathetic to the National Hockey League when it comes to playing in bad weather.  When asked if the NHL would be “wussy” if they cancelled Saturday’s outdoor “Winter Classic” hockey game in Pittsburgh between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals because of predicted high temperatures and rain, Rendell said “there’s a little difference there. Rain on a hockey surface creates incredibly slippery conditions. It would be dangerous for players. That’s a judgment they’re [the NHL] going to have to make.  But, they should make that judgment very close to game time.” As for football, weather’s no excuse. “Snow, I’ve played football,” Rendell said, “I wasn’t very good, snow is fun to play in." As for his future post-Governorship, Rendell pooh-poohed chatter that he’d be picked as the new White House Chief of Staff. ” I don’t have the stature that Colin Powell has,” said Rendell, who sees the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as the ideal candidate for the job, ” I don’t think hardly anybody in America has—that stature of non-partisanship, acting in the good of the country. I think that’s what we need.” If not Powell, who’d Rendell like to see as President Obama’s new Chief of Staff?  “If they are going to replace [acting Chief of Staff] Peter Rouse or keep Peter as a deputy, I’d love to see [ex U.S. Senator] Tom Daschle. I think he’s another person who could bring this together very effectively."

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