Ed Rendell to Democrats: It’s Best If You Don’t Run Against Hillary Clinton

Ed Rendell’s quote to Politico comes off as a warning to Democrats: Don’t go up against Hillary Clinton if she decides to run for president.

Politico on Wednesday assessed the presidential ambition of former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley. The site’s Anna Palmer writes that the 2016 presidential field is “frozen” until Hillary Clinton decides if she’ll jump into the race. It appears very likely she will, of course, and got a very interesting quote from Clinton family loyalist and professional Philadelphia Eagles analyst Ed Rendell:

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell said that other possible Democratic presidential candidates, like Sens. Mark Warner of Virginia and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota are biding their time to see what Clinton will do. Vice President Joe Biden, who is widely considered to be the front-runner if Clinton chooses not to run, has met with some fundraisers and has made several visits to key states like South Carolina.

“I think he is an attractive candidate in general, but in terms of Hillary Clinton, Martin should not run if Hillary runs,” Rendell said, praising O’Malley’s tenure as Baltimore mayor and Maryland governor. “He would be better off being a loyal soldier. He actually would fit the demographic well as a vice president to Hillary.”

Jim Newell at Salon writes that Rendell “essentially tells the O’Malleys of the party this: If you cause too much trouble in the process of losing, you might ruin your chances for positions down the road.”

Newell’s piece explores the question of whether the Democratic primary will be a coronation of Hillary Clinton, a VP tryout, or an actual contest. It appears Ed Rendell would like it to be the former — or, really, would like Clinton to not have much opposition at all.

[Politico | Salon]


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  • matthew brandley

    Hillary? that murdeous lying wench?

  • smendrick

    Hillary should be our first lady president. She has the experience and the savy to put the Right wing in their place. She knows their rule book and game plan. Let’s bring back strong unions and make the 1% pay more. They have the money, but we have the numbers.

  • Donald Sterling

    Another lousy piece by McQuade.
    He used to do actual writing
    Now he cobbles together stories written by others.
    Adds a few sentences of fluff
    Voila – He has a “piece” on the website that SAYS NOTHING
    Total waste of time, space, energy, and web bandwidth

  • Gazelle

    Former Pa Governor Ed Rendell wants Hillary to win the Presidency so he can be named to a Cabinet position. It was Bill Clinton that named Mrs. Rendell to a federal Judge position. The two families have a very close friendship.