Monday, April 15, 2013

Ed Rendell Pleads "bureaucratic incompetence" In Gosnell Murder Case

Remember when Democrats blamed Enron on George Bush because as governor of Texas and should have known what was going on in his state even though the alleged crimes were prosecuted under federal jurisdiction and Enron's activity was in areas regulated by federal law. Joe Scarborough, in one of his rare lapses into objectivity asked former Governor Ed Rendell about the Gosnell abortion mill that had operated during his entire tenure of governor-eight years. Of course it operated in one of the more remote regions of the state, Philadelphia to be exact, so it could be that it was just overlooked or the governor may have forgotten that capital murder was a felony in his state. Let's get this straight. Kermit Gosnell is not being charged with performing illegal abortions he is facing 7 counts of capital murder. As Ann Althouse has pointed out Gosnell did not perform abortions in these cases. Rather, he induced labor and then killed the newborn infants by severing their spinal cords with a pair of scissors.
How does Governor Rendell explain all this? Bureaucratic incompetence.
SCARBOROUGH: Thank you so much. Ed, this is a coincidence, but this was happening before you were governor, during you were governor, after you were governor. I got to ask you a tough question here. The grand jury and the prosecutor has said one of the reasons why this clinic wasn't investigated is because there is political pressures. Whenever somebody wants to go in and investigate an abortion clinic or do tough regulations on it, suddenly, people start screaming and yelling that somebody is trying to take away their constitutional rights. What happened here?
ED RENDELL: Again, I think it was more bureaucratic incompetence than that, Joe. I never heard anything about that. When I was district attorney I actually prosecuted a doctor for doing exactly what Dr. Gosnell did.
SCARBOROUGH: What years were you governor?
RENDELL: 2003 to 2010.
SCARBOROUGH: So you never once heard anything about this?
Ya think George Bush wasn't sharp enough to blame it on the bureaucrats? Too bad Rendell has reached the end of his political career.
Like everyone else in the media Anderson Cooper has been shamed into covering this story by primarily Kirsten Powers who castigated the national media in a USA Today editorial for their failure to cover this story but this report is about as hard hitting as any I've viewed.

Part 2 is discussion.

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