Former Governor Ed Rendell told the Free Beacon this week that the liberal media gave Barack Obama a âfree passâ in 2008.
The Free Beacon reported:
A top Obama surrogate said the president will not have to worry about a swooning media or crowds overcome by fainting spells in 2012.
âThe media and the population saw him as this transformative figure [in 2008]; he was the first serious black candidate, a new, young, promising figure,â said former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell. âPeople have sobered to that; the newness has faded and people now see him as another practical politician.â
Rendell is known for being blunt, a theme he touches on in his new book, A Nation of Wusses, and a trait that has gotten him in hot water on the campaign trail.
In April, Rendell joined a chorus of disgruntled Democrats, including Newark Mayor Cory Booker and former President Bill Clinton, who dissented from the Obama campaignâs attacks on Republican nominee Mitt Romneyâs record as a venture capitalist.
He stood by that position in an interview with the Washington Free Beacon.
âAll we said was that the attacks on Bain were over the top and a few Democrats jumped on us for that,â he said. âBut to be a good surrogate you need to be reasonable; the independents are not going to believe youâre credible if you try to just say, âMy guy is an angel; that guyâs the devil.ââ
Rendell believes the media gave Obama a free pass in 2008, creating an environment in which the newly elected president received the Nobel Peace Prize nine months into his tenureââa little ridiculous,â according to Rendell.
âReporters violated the rule of neutrality,â he writes in the book.
Wow. There are four months to go and already Democrats are writing this election off. It looks like the whole country lost when the media refused to do its job in 2008.