May 20, 2016

Once Again, Ed Rendell Wins Worst Surrogate Of The Week (Eternity?)

Typically, a campaign surrogate has a simple job, talk up their favored candidate while not saying anything that reflects badly upon him or her. Perhaps no one ever explained that to former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell (D-PA), but for whatever reason he had another calamitous week as a Hillary Clinton surrogate.

Speaking with the Washington Post, Rendell stuck his foot in his mouth worse than he ever did before:

“Will he have some appeal to working-class Dems in Levittown or Bristol? Sure,” said Ed Rendell, the former Pennsylvania governor and Philadelphia mayor, who won landslides in the suburbs. “For every one he’ll lose one and a half, two Republican women. Trump’s comments like, ‘You can’t be a 10 if you’re flat-chested,’ that’ll come back to haunt him. There are probably more ugly women in America than attractive women. People take that stuff personally.”

The reaction to Rendell’s comments came fast and furious, with the stupidity of Rendell’s comments even reaching international audiences:

Associated Press: “Ex-Gov. Rendell apologizes for ‘ugly women’ comment”

CNN: “Clinton surrogate Rendell under fire for ‘ugly women’ remark”

Philadelphia Inquirer: “Ed Rendell’s ‘ugly women’ comment goes international”

Washington Post: “Ed Rendell suggests ugly women will oppose Donald Trump. Oh, the irony.”

McClatchy: “U.S. has more ugly women than attractive ones, former governor says”

New York Daily News: “Former DNC Chair Ed Rendell: ‘There are probably more ugly women in America than attractive women’”

Washington Examiner: “Top Dem: Trump to lose women because more are ‘ugly’ than ‘attractive'”

Mediaite: “Clinton Surrogate: We’ll Win Because We Will Have the ‘Ugly Women’ Vote”

Rendell’s comments were so disastrous that they affected not one, but two campaigns. Pennsylvania Senate candidate Katie McGinty was forced to condemn Rendell, her campaign chairman:

“‘Governor Rendell’s comments were completely off-base and inappropriate,’ said Sabrina Singh, a spokesperson for the campaign.”

Ultimately, Rendell apologized for his remarks, although he gave a classic non-apology apology:

“What I said was incredibly stupid and insensitive,” Rendell told reporters in Philadelphia on Wednesday. “When I read it in the article, I said, ‘Did I say that?’ It was just dumb, and stupid, and insensitive, and if I offended anyone, I apologize.”