Thursday, August 21, 2014
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One of Us

Ed Rendell, Daily News sports columnist, is now one of us.

One of Us

(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer's editor, a.k.a. BE)

JB: Gooble, Gobble, Gooble, Gobble, one of us, one of us.

BE: Have you finally gone over the edge?

JB: No, siree. That's the chant from the 1932 MGM classic film "Freaks," in which circus side-show feaks welcome a newcomer as one of their own.

BE: And your point?

JB: With the debut yesterday of new Daily News sports columnists Ed Rendell, the former Guv is now "one of us."

BE: Oh, please.

JB: Seriously, check out the movie scene on YouTube. It looks exactly like an editors' meeting.

BE: I'll pass along the compliment.

JB: Also, check out the fine column from yesterday's Harrisburg Patriot-News by my colleague and fellow political columnist Laura Vecsey.

BE: A political column?

JB: Well, yesterday she wrote for the sports pages. She's a former sports writer for newspapers in New York, Baltimore and Seattle and she is, by the way, daughter of famed New York Times sports columnist George Vecsey.

BE: I'm more of a Pete Vecsey (NY Post) guy myself. But she's got good bloodlines.

JB: Indeed. She quotes other sports writers' advice for our new guy.

BE: Highlights?

JB: My favorite is from David Kindred, author and former Washington Post sports columnist, who says, "Advice? You mean besides stay out of Conlin's way? Same as politics, Mr. Mayor: Tell it straight and duck."

BE: Nice, and a bouquet to King of the World Conlin.

JB: I also liked the comment from Arthur Pincus, former New York Times sport editor: "Ed Rendell's writing a sports column? What a wuss."

BE: A good one.

JB: Yep. So now next time we see His Edness we know how to greet him.

BE: Gooble, Gobble?

JB: ONE OF US, ONE OF US. GRRRR.

John Baer Daily News Political Columnist
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John Baer has been covering politics and government for the Daily News since 1987. The National Journal in 2002 called Baer one of the country's top 10 political journalists outside Washington, saying Baer has, "the ability to take the skin off a politician without making it hurt too much." E-mail John at baerj@phillynews.com.

John is the author of the book "On The Front Lines of Pennsylvania Politics: Twenty-Five Years of Keystone Reporting" (The History Press, 2012). Reach John at baerj@phillynews.com.

John Baer Daily News Political Columnist
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