Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell has a new book out proclaiming that the United States has become a "Nation of Wusses."
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Rendell's book combines anecdotes from his storied career as a district attorney, mayor and governor with criticisms of high-profile politicians and the country's seeming inability to confront and solve chronic problems, according to this report.
A Morning Call Q&A with Rendell quotes him as saying he wrote the book for two reasons:
"One was to give people a sense of the challenge and fun that exists in public life even though the frustrations and challenges and disappointments are a great part of what you go through in public service. I wanted people to get a sense of the pure unadulterated fun you can have."
Rendell's musings range from calling animals such as racehorse Smarty Jones "infinitely brave" to declaring that U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan is not a wuss but that he is "nuts" in his views on the federal budget.
Rendell says the electoral college should be dismantled and that he will enthusiastically serve as campaign chairman for Hillary Clinton if she decides to run for president again.
Here's what's being said - good and bad - about Rendell's book.