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Rendell: It Won't Be Ridge

Pa. Gov. Ed Rendell weighs in on the McCain veepstakes:

"Gov. Ridge is not going to be the running mate," Rendell said of Ridge.

Just as he was Hillary Clinton's most enthusiastic campaigner in Pennsylvania during the primary, the governor is the motivator-in-chief this week of a unified party. He urged the state's 187 delegates to rally behind Barack Obama this week in Denver.

"John McCain is no moderate, no progressive, no friend of women," he said. "Barack Obama is all of those things."

Set aside the electioneering, but Rendell's probably right. There's certainly a case to be for Joe Lieberman and a quasi-unity ticket. But Ridge doesn't bring much that justifies McCain picking a pro-choice Republican.