Stephen Colbert had Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) on his show last night to discuss how Americans are becoming a bunch of “wusses.”
Rendell spurred a mini-controversy last month when he declared America had become a “nation of wusses” after the NFL postponed the Eagles-Vikings game Christmas weekend due to the snowstorm that crippled the northeast.[TPM SLIDESHOW: Sanest Of The Sane? Top 25 Signs From The Stewart/Colbert Rally]
But there’s more: Last night, Rendell went on to describe how China is “kicking our butt virtually in every field of endeavor,” and, according to Rendell, the U.S. isn’t doing enough to catch up.
Colbert agreed, saying in order to compete, maybe the U.S. should abolish its child labor laws, and perhaps U.S. prisoners should make our toys.
“All that’s well and good,” Rendell said.
“We’re a country based on risk-takers,” Rendell added. “We seem to have lost that pioneer spirit, the adventuresome spirit, our boldness, our courage, and I think it’s happening to the detriment of the country. And it’s not just about a football game.”
Colbert, being the tough interviewer he is, then challenged Rendell, asking if he’s wussing out by not running for another term — even though it’s illegal.
“Well, you could interpret it that way,” Rendell said.
“I just did, sir,” Colbert replied.
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