Brown: Whitman is like Goebbels for having political ambitions, or something

posted at 8:48 am on June 11, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

KCBS reporter Doug Sovern almost literally ran into gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown while on a jog in Oakland earlier this week, and the chance encounter gives people a glimpse of why Brown earned the sobriquet “Governor Moonbeam” in his previous two terms from 27 years ago.  Sovern asked Brown about Meg Whitman’s campaign to best him for his old job, and Brown engaged in a bizarre, hypocritical rant that wound up with Brown comparing Whitman to Nazi propaganda minister Josef Goebbels:

I asked him if he intended to debate Meg Whitman, once she locked up the Republican nomination for governor (which she did Tuesday night, trouncing Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner). He said he’d like to have “many” debates with her – and indeed, he has since formally challenged Whitman to a series of ten town hall-style debates (Whitman dismissed his challenge as “playing political games” and said Brown should lay out some detailed policies so they’ll have something to debate).

I asked him how he could possibly compete with her vast campaign treasury – Whitman spent $71 million of her own money on the primary, and is ready to write checks for $80 million more to crush Brown. She also raised about ten million from donors, and there will be more where that came from, from supporters and from the Republican Party.

Brown boasted about his legendary frugality. “I’ve only spent $200,000 so far. I have 20 million in the bank. I’m saving up for her.” It’s true – his stay-on-the-sidelines, bare-bones primary run cost him almost nothing, at least in California political terms. But he also fretted about the impact of all those eBay dollars in Whitman’s very deep pockets. “You know, by the time she’s done with me, two months from now, I’ll be a child-molesting…” He let the line trail off. “She’ll have people believing whatever she wants about me.” Then he went off on a riff I didn’t expect.

“It’s like Goebbels,” referring to Hitler’s notorious Minister of Propaganda. “Goebbels invented this kind of propaganda. He took control of the whole world. She wants to be president. That’s her ambition, the first woman president. That’s what this is all about.”

I pointed out that most politicians want to be president someday. Gavin Newsom, for example. “Sure, sure he does. But they can’t control it. Look at Barack Obama, he got in and it’s all out of his control. I wanted to be president. I ran for president three times, you know.”

Uh, yeah, we know. No kidding, Jer.

There’s almost too much to deconstruct out of this, but let’s give it a try.  On one hand, Brown whines that Whitman’s big war chest will be used to make him look bad by accusing her of wanting to call him a child molester.  In the very next breath, Brown says Whitman is like Goebbels, and accused her of wanting to take over the world.  It didn’t take long for Brown to call his Republican candidate a Nazi — and for the strangest reasons ever.

And why is Whitman a Nazi?  Because she may have ambitions to run for higher office.  Brown himself concedes that he used his platform as California governor to make three runs at the White House, each more pathetic than the last.  Did that make Brown a Nazi three times over?  Is he the equivalent of Rudolf Hess?  Of course not.  People run for President because they have ambitions for the job, and until now, no one ever compared a candidate to Goebbels for having that ambition.

Let’s not forget that Brown has spent almost his entire adult life either holding or seeking political office.  His first successful run for the job he’s seeking now came 36 years ago, and eight years after Ronald Reagan beat his father out of the same job.  Brown has been California’s Attorney General and Mayor of Oakland.  The only ambitions Brown has are political.  What does that say about Brown, using his own standard as applied to Meg Whitman?  Brown’s complaint about “they just can’t control” political ambitions sounds an awful lot like projection.

As for Brown’s “frugality,” his terms as Governor should put an end to that myth.  The only reason Brown only needed to spend $200,000 in the primaries is because the Democrats pushed Newsom into running for Lieutenant Governor and Brown didn’t face any real competition.  He’s running on nostalgia and name identification.  That’s not an accomplishment; it’s a fortunate circumstance.

Yesterday, the Brown campaign tried to claim that Sovern took the comment out of context after the Whitman team blasted Brown for “mud-slinging.”  They’re not denying Brown made the Nazi comparison, however, but I bet they’re going to try to get their candidate to do his jogging on indoor tracks from now on.


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He’s back like a flashback from a 70′s acid trip.

RPL on June 11, 2010 at 8:53 AM

Alvin Green!

ladyingray on June 11, 2010 at 8:54 AM

So, I wonder how we get the message to GOP headquarters that the trick here is to have digital camera in hand and follow Jerry Brown around. The campaign materials write themselves.

Oh, I’m sure the fearless GOP leader Mr. Steele will nix the idea as racist or mean. Why, he might even apologize to the democrats before the GOP even does anything.

I spit on the GOP.

jeff_from_mpls on June 11, 2010 at 8:54 AM

I never thought that California of all places was where the Republicans for the two top spots look like a lock. I have a feeling November will cheer us up.

Marcus on June 11, 2010 at 8:55 AM

Two days into the campaign and the Democrat calls the Republican a Nazi… that has got to be some sort of record.

myrenovations on June 11, 2010 at 8:55 AM

Why can’t they ever open their mouths without bringing up NAZI’s?

livefreerdie on June 11, 2010 at 8:55 AM

Why do Dems always channel Nazis? It’s a very disturbing trend that they keep coming back to.

search4truth on June 11, 2010 at 8:56 AM

Why are democrats obsessed with chests? First it was Sarah’s chest, now its Meg’s war chest? Both are good things.

meci on June 11, 2010 at 8:56 AM

The Dems deserve this nut……

cmsinaz on June 11, 2010 at 8:56 AM

I’m going to one up Gerry Brown; if Meg Whitman is Goebbels, the he is George W. Bush.

rbj on June 11, 2010 at 8:58 AM

Why do Dems always channel Nazis? It’s a very disturbing trend that they keep coming back to.

search4truth on June 11, 2010 at 8:56 AM

It’s not channeling.

Disturb the Universe on June 11, 2010 at 8:58 AM

This is going to be a fun election season.

Disturb the Universe on June 11, 2010 at 8:59 AM

“I am interested in social developments in America. I believe that President Roosevelt has chosen the right path. We are dealing with the greatest social problems we’ve ever known. [...] It is the government that must tackle the problem.” – Goebbels

Narutoboy on June 11, 2010 at 8:59 AM

‘nazi’ is SOP in the dems playbook

cmsinaz on June 11, 2010 at 8:59 AM

T thought Gibbs was the ersatz Goebbels?

50sGuy on June 11, 2010 at 9:00 AM

He’s nuts.

taney71 on June 11, 2010 at 9:00 AM

To try to be fair to his honorable Moonbeam, he may be saying the system of money fueling campaign ads is like Goebbels in that it can make you believe any outrageous lie, such as the example he gave that HHM is a child molester.

I also wonder if the Hitler meme is getting old. WWII ended 65 years ago. We stopped with the Civil War metaphors eventually. Although Ghenghis Khan is still mentioned (see John Kerry). I’m just tired of liberals saying “Hitler” and “Goebbels” and “Nazi” so often.

Paul-Cincy on June 11, 2010 at 9:01 AM

On one hand, Brown whines that Whitman’s big war chest will be used to make him look bad by accusing her of wanting to call him a child molester.

Am I missing something, this comes off a bit like he’s feeling guilty. I mean, it’s so specific. What did I miss?

LastRick on June 11, 2010 at 9:05 AM

What an ass-clown. What’s with the Democrats and their NAZI love?

tarpon on June 11, 2010 at 9:08 AM

Before you get too excited, understand that the typical resident of California believes Brown is an intellectual.

Yeah.

Let it burn.

jeff_from_mpls on June 11, 2010 at 9:11 AM

Jerry is still dealing with those important issues that he tackled 35 years ago:
http://www.tokeofthetown.com/2010/03/ca_atty_gen_jerry_brown_playing_shut-mouth_on_mari.php

RBMN on June 11, 2010 at 9:15 AM

Two days into the campaign and the Democrat calls the Republican a Nazi… that has got to be some sort of record.

myrenovations on June 11, 2010 at 8:55 AM

Yup, I just as suprised it took them that long too.

darury on June 11, 2010 at 9:16 AM

Two days into the campaign and the Democrat calls the Republican a Nazi… that has got to be some sort of record.

myrenovations on June 11, 2010 at 8:55 AM

Yup.

Wonder what took so long?

Usually it’s hours.

artist on June 11, 2010 at 9:16 AM

“the Brown campaign tried to claim that Sovern took the comment out of context”

There’s context to Governor Moonbeam’s rants?

Dusty on June 11, 2010 at 9:17 AM

The return of Jerry Brown is like a Freddy Krueger re-make. The thought of the man running California’s business is truly frightening.

Rovin on June 11, 2010 at 9:18 AM

Okay, so it’s an Odd numbered day, which means the Left hurls a creative version of the “Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei” charge.

On Even numbered days they hurl the Racism charge.

The Left likes to keep their insult rules simple and easy to follow.

Chip on June 11, 2010 at 9:24 AM

tooool

blatantblue on June 11, 2010 at 9:24 AM

She wants to be president. That’s her ambition, the first woman president. That’s what this is all about.”

Another blow to feminism.

He’s the perfect choice for California.

SlaveDog on June 11, 2010 at 9:24 AM

Why does Jerry Brown hate women?

Asher on June 11, 2010 at 9:24 AM

He’s back like a flashback from a 70’s acid trip.

RPL on June 11, 2010 at 8:53 AM

If it weren’t for flashbacks I’d have no memory at all!!

Tom

marinetbryant on June 11, 2010 at 9:24 AM

Hey, I think I just saw a medfly in my backyard.

Mark1971 on June 11, 2010 at 9:24 AM

I lived in Kalifornistan during Moonbeam’s two terms. Unfortunately, many of our current voters did not. Bringing up Moonbeam’s past leadership down the toilet will sound like a history lesson to these youngsters and they may reject Meg as a result. Still, if she can get the truth out there–and she has the dough to do it–even a libtard would have difficulty pulling the lever for this jackass. November should be fun.

Crusader Rabbit on June 11, 2010 at 9:27 AM

Jerry is going to try to run on what worked 30 years ago. It will fail. Older voters vaguely remember him and younger voters have heard of him from their parents. Old and tired, as they say.

Whitman may not be perfect, but she at least has ideas on how to run this state in the 21st century. Brown is utterly beholden to public employee unions which are about as popular as the plague right now…even here.

Jerry will insist that “everyone” wants the Dems to “fix” what is wrong with the state. What we all know is that is the Dems who have destroyed this place and left is insolvent and ruined.

I can’t wait to see how this all turns out.

sdillard on June 11, 2010 at 9:28 AM

California is such a mess – it’s almost beyond repair.

Carly Fiorina is chasing a thankless political job.

Meg Whitman is (IMO) as uninspiring a candidate as I have seen.

Former Gov. Moonbeam is an intellectual midget.

California is in a deep chasm – and will be for many many years to come,

jake-the-goose on June 11, 2010 at 9:28 AM

You know, you have to wonder about people who can regularly work in “child molesting” and Goebbels into a conversation.

Cindy Munford on June 11, 2010 at 9:28 AM

Can we start asking Jerry Brown about his ties with
Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple in the 1970′s as long as he is in the mood to discuss history?

RobCon on June 11, 2010 at 9:30 AM

“it is the Dems who have destroyed this plcae and left it insolvent..”

If I could type it would help.

sdillard on June 11, 2010 at 9:30 AM

I still can’t type. “place”. Sigh.

sdillard on June 11, 2010 at 9:31 AM

You know, Obama had virtually an unlimited supply of money for his campaign and no one called him Hitler, Goebbels or anything. Here in CT, they are doing the exact same thing to McMahon, nearly every MSM outlet has pretty much said she just bought her nomination in the primary and could very well do the same in the general election against Blumenthal. The leftys here in CT hate her with a passion nearly rivaling that against Palin.

Johnnyreb on June 11, 2010 at 9:31 AM

Okay, so it’s an Odd numbered day, which means the Left hurls a creative version of the “Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei” charge.

On Even numbered days they hurl the Racism charge.

The Left likes to keep their insult rules simple and easy to follow.

Chip on June 11, 2010 at 9:24 AM

And the days in between, they blame it all on Bush. They’ve got a real lock on a resounding political message!!

chai on June 11, 2010 at 9:35 AM

1. NEVER EVER EVER use the NAZI reference again…
2. Even if Whitman wins (she has my vote as soon as the absentee ballot hits my mailbox in October), the Assembly and Senate will still be Democrat controlled (due to gerrymandering)… It has been that way since the gerrymander after the 1960 census… Until those bodies either (1) go Republican or (2) stop spending, nothing will change unless Meg starts using the line item veto pen until it runs out of ink and goes to get another one…

Khun Joe on June 11, 2010 at 9:37 AM

RobCon on June 11, 2010 at 9:30 AM

What? Did this come up when he was governor before?

Cindy Munford on June 11, 2010 at 9:37 AM

Okay, so it’s an Odd numbered day, which means the Left hurls a creative version of the “Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei” charge.

On Even numbered days they hurl the Racism charge.

The Left likes to keep their insult rules simple and easy to follow.

Chip on June 11, 2010 at 9:24 AM

And the days in between, they blame it all on Bush. They’ve got a real lock on a resounding political message!!

chai on June 11, 2010 at 9:35 AM

Awesome. :) Is that like quark flavors? Up, down and strange.
Day flavors: Odd, even and Greene…

shibumiglass on June 11, 2010 at 9:41 AM

Didn’t Linda Ronstadt sing a song about Jerry Brown?

I remember it was a catchy little diddy.

Dr Evil on June 11, 2010 at 9:41 AM

Jerry Brown makes Rand Paul look normal. Heck, he even makes Ron Paul look normal. Brown is so far out in left field, and stuck there, he doesn’t realize the game has changed.

Good luck, California. BTW, wasn’t it the lefties who were screaming McCain was too old to run for President? Isn’t Jerry Brown about the same age?

manateespirit on June 11, 2010 at 9:41 AM

Cindy Munford on June 11, 2010 at 9:28 AM
You know, you have to wonder about people who can regularly work in “child molesting” and Goebbels into a conversation.

It’s a pornography of the mind. A base, crude, primitive expression.

Paul-Cincy on June 11, 2010 at 9:42 AM

Well, I’d rather have Meg Whitman as my governor.

But truth be told, I’d rather get high with Jerry Brown (mainly because I think he scores his stash from Linda Ronstadt, who must smoke some rockin’ grass).

JohnGalt23 on June 11, 2010 at 9:42 AM

Return of the Undead!

Junior Brown is an arrogant asshole, and has been an arrogant asshole at least since I first met him when his father Pat was governor and Junior was still in college. I didn’t like Junior then, and I still don’t like Junior. His father used to apologize for his arrogance. Agree or disagree with Pat’s policies – and he was a far too generous liberal – Pat was the kind of guy you could talk to one on one (even as a kid!), the kind of man you’d want to have a beer and go to a Cal football game with.

CatoRenasci on June 11, 2010 at 9:42 AM

I am waxing tired of people comparing politicians to Nazis. This seems to almost exclusively come from the left and it really serves to cheapen what actually occured.

Heralder on June 11, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Well.. since we’ve waived Godwin’s rule in this thread…

I do not think that the Deepwater Horizon is Obama’s Katrina or Obama’s Iran hostage crisis.

I think the spill is Obama’s Reichstag fire. Emergency powers to nationalize the oil industry and force through oppressive CO2 regulations in 3, 2, 1…

bitsy on June 11, 2010 at 9:46 AM

If it’s a question of money, as Brown admits, Meg will blow Brown into his 90′s. Brown is 72. It’s time to set Brown out to pasture. The only reason he can run for governor is because the limitations on terms went into effect after he left office.

Brown has already faced off, three tries for President, and he’s OUT.

Truth is we need someone with serious business experience and the kind of background Meg has. It would have been, I believe, been a different California had McClintock won as governor.

And, by the by, it’s time for California to get rid of Barbara Boxer. Set her out to pasture as well.

AdrianS on June 11, 2010 at 9:53 AM

Okay, so it’s an Odd numbered day, which means the Left hurls a creative version of the “Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei” charge.
On Even numbered days they hurl the Racism charge.
The Left likes to keep their insult rules simple and easy to follow.
Chip on June 11, 2010 at 9:24 AM

And the days in between, they blame it all on Bush. They’ve got a real lock on a resounding political message!!
chai on June 11, 2010 at 9:35 AM

Oh yeah, forgot about that, but that sums up most of what they have to say.

The Left is getting to be pretty boring and staid these days with the same tired old insults and charges being thrown out each time.

Chip on June 11, 2010 at 9:54 AM

Day flavors: Odd, even and Greene…

shibumiglass on June 11, 2010 at 9:41 AM

There you go!! Brown is actually Greene. Or is it the other way around? I get colors confused sometimes….

chai on June 11, 2010 at 9:55 AM

Well.. since we’ve waived Godwin’s rule in this thread…
I do not think that the Deepwater Horizon is Obama’s Katrina or Obama’s Iran hostage crisis.
I think the spill is Obama’s Reichstag fire. Emergency powers to nationalize the oil industry and force through oppressive CO2 regulations in 3, 2, 1…
bitsy on June 11, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Hillary Clinton: “Never waste a good crisis”

Rahm Emanuel: “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste”

“This crisis provides the opportunity for us to do things that you could not do before.”

Chip on June 11, 2010 at 9:57 AM

@Dr. Evil

The song I would guess that Linda Rhonstad sang about Gov. Moonbean, Jerry Brown, was no doubt “You’re No Good.” They never go married. Brown is a SINGLE non-married 72-year OLD man. No wife. What’s with that. No children.

Is he non-hetero? If Celibacy is good in government, let’s elect the Pope as governor of California. The Pope could run and he has more money than Meg.

But Meg has the EXPERIENCE we need. I’ll vote for Meg.

AdrianS on June 11, 2010 at 10:01 AM

It’s things like this, from the Democrat candidate, that help me get fired up about campaigning for the RINO.

joe_doufu on June 11, 2010 at 10:01 AM

Why do Dems always channel Nazis? It’s a very disturbing trend that they keep coming back to.

search4truth on June 11, 2010 at 8:56 AM

Envy, I suppose – the Nazi Party was scary and totally in control. They would love to have that power.

disa on June 11, 2010 at 10:11 AM

Ronstadt’s “little moonbeam” only gets high on elections. He’s never had a real job, forever seeking the high of elective victory. He loves the smell of bullstuff in the morning. It smells like…victory!

cartooner on June 11, 2010 at 10:13 AM

Easy to bash gov moonbeam. And, he deserves all of it.

I would like to point out one small thing (being from the bay area): he was a great mayor of Oakland. And that’s no easy job. People, for one brief period in memory, didn’t view Oakland as the hole in the doughnut. People were doing business, and the town wasn’t a joke for a bit. Of course, that reversed immediately when Ron Dellums took over.

But, as bad as Jerry has been at everything else, including his current job as attorney general, he was a great mayor.

Just sayin’ . . .

Pablo Snooze on June 11, 2010 at 10:13 AM

But, as bad as Jerry has been at everything else, including his current job as attorney general, he was a great mayor.

Just sayin’ . . .

Pablo Snooze on June 11, 2010 at 10:13 AM

It wouldn’t have taken much to improve Oakland, they had basically no way but up…that is hardly reason to give him credit.
Brown is a fool, always was, always will be…a dangerous fool.

right2bright on June 11, 2010 at 10:33 AM

Does Meg Whitman hate the Jews? Somehow that never came across in her ads.

Or was Goebbels a closet capitalist, and no one ever knew?

Beware the Brown shirts!

Steve Z on June 11, 2010 at 10:34 AM

If Jerry Brown is afraid of being accused of molesting children, was he hanging around with Michael Jackson?

Steve Z on June 11, 2010 at 10:36 AM

Jerry Brown, running as if California still had an economy… too bad it got broken by him and his friends. Electing Brown would be the guarantee of heading into third world status for California. It would be like Haiti with a movie industry… save less charm.

ajacksonian on June 11, 2010 at 10:38 AM

I’ll harsh your buzz.

America elected socialist as President and a clown as V.P.

Do you really, really think California cares what they elect?

Governor Brown.

jeff_from_mpls on June 11, 2010 at 10:43 AM

Moonbeam is way past his expiration date.

GarandFan on June 11, 2010 at 10:47 AM

what is in that little pink pill?

IF this state elects MOONBEAM again, they deserve the absolute RUIN that will cover this state!

SDarchitect on June 11, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Here in California, it’s 1974 again!

juanito on June 11, 2010 at 11:13 AM

I’ve always liked the idea of wealthy folks running for office. I look at it this way; With a normal candidate, you have no idea who or how many hands are in their pocket, but with the rich person, you know there are exactly two, their own.

I just don’t understand the whole “evil rich business person” attitude…..If you are a liberal, its GREAT to be a rich and run for office, Bloomberg comes to mind, but if you are conservative your “Goebbels!” GEEEZ!

JeffVader on June 11, 2010 at 11:27 AM

I’ll harsh your buzz.

America elected socialist as President and a clown as V.P.

Do you really, really think California cares what they elect?

Governor Brown.

jeff_from_mpls on June 11, 2010 at 10:43 AM

God I hope we’re both wrong, but….

I did my “runawayyyy” from california about 16 years ago, because I knew there was never going to be a change to a responsible government there. They are genetically incapable of self-governance, and I can’t tell you how much it pains me to say that about any group of Americans.

Brown will be the next governor, and Boxer will keep her senate seat. The people who vote in california are easily swayed by an anti-republican message and rarely even listen to good advice, let alone take it. I’m talking about the majority there, not the good folks here who are still fighting the good fight.

I chose to get the hell out and move where a difference could actually be made. California does not qualify to be in that category. Never will.

runawayyyy on June 11, 2010 at 11:33 AM

Interesting how dem socialists always call republican conservatives who have nothing to do with socialism, (national or otherwise) Nazis-i.e. National Socialists. Yet they scamper like rats when anyone dares to compare the actual socialist dem candidates to their socialist agenda and its failures in all countries where this perversion of human ideology has been implemented.

eaglewingz08 on June 11, 2010 at 11:41 AM

I thought Ahnold would be the last GOP governor of California for a generation but then the Cal. Donks go an nominate this blithering old idiot and proven train wreck.

Things suddenly look so much brighter…

SuperCool on June 11, 2010 at 11:48 AM

She wants to be president. That’s her ambition, the first woman president. That’s what this is all about.”

Yes, but she had a stupid primary strategy and Barry Obama beat her for the nomination.

Oh wait, he was talking about Meg Whitman and not Hillary Clinton? Of course Meg’s ambition is evil; after all, she’s not a Democrat. If she were a Democrat, it’d be perfectly okay. Just like little Barry “Mommy I’m going to be the first black American president” Obama.

AZCoyote on June 11, 2010 at 12:09 PM

SuperCool – the problem is that while he was a crappy governor, and started this state down the road to hell (enacted collective bargaining for public employees, destroyed infrastructure development for a decade, etc) that was so long ago that much of the voter base in the state has turned over.

These days he’s going to say whatever he needs to say to get elected, at which point he’ll roll over for the usual Dem interests.

JEM on June 11, 2010 at 12:09 PM

Why do Dems always channel Nazis? It’s a very disturbing trend that they keep coming back to.

search4truth on June 11, 2010 at 8:56 AM

Get a copy of Jonah Golberg’s “Liberal Fascism” and you’ll know why they do.

Seriously, get it this weekend and by Monday you will be shaking your head about all the American and progressive movement history you were never taught in school.

in_awe on June 11, 2010 at 12:29 PM

On one hand, Brown whines that Whitman’s big war chest will be used to make him look bad by accusing her of wanting to call him a child molester.

Hmmm… maybe there’s a bit o’ news about to break…?

Akzed on June 11, 2010 at 12:33 PM

Somebody must have some pix of Gov. Moonbeam in his 1970-ish powder-blue (IIRC) Plymouth Duster. Or wearing one of those ties that were as wide as a bib. Something Photoshoppable for an “old and busted” ad.

Mary in LA on June 11, 2010 at 12:38 PM

If I were Meg Whitman, I would do nothing but let this man talk himself into losing.

Whenever he opens his mouth, it only helps Meg.

Conservative Samizdat on June 11, 2010 at 12:54 PM

Brown was a reasonable mayor of Oakland, and, in normal times, would probably be a reasonable governor. But these aren’t normal times, and with Brown in the pocket of the public employees unions, California will never solve its budget problems with him in the governor’s mansion — er, apartment.

On the other hand, what exactly does Whitman think she’s going to get out of being governor that’s worth wagering $150 mil of her own money?

Socratease on June 11, 2010 at 12:57 PM

Monnbean Idiot III has got to go!

lilium on June 11, 2010 at 1:14 PM

Hey, hey, ho, ho, Moonbeam III has got to go!

lilium on June 11, 2010 at 1:14 PM

FIFY. :-)

Mary in LA on June 11, 2010 at 1:37 PM

Moon Beam is a s#%t head!

MCGIRV on June 11, 2010 at 1:56 PM

Brown was a reasonable mayor of Oakland, and, in normal times, would probably be a reasonable governor.

Socratease on June 11, 2010 at 12:57 PM

He wasn’t, and he wasn’t…why do you think he was called Gov. Moonbeam?
He was governor during “normal” times…and he led some of the worst decisions.
Like taking the gas money for taxes, and placing them in the general fund. For years after the infrastructure suffered.

Brown canceled the freeway program with some routes abandoned that were already under construction. He canceled dam projects and new aqueducts. He established the California Energy Commission to block new power plants. He expanded the role of the Air Resources Board to the point that bakeries were required to install expensive scrubbers on their exhaust fans to protect the public from the “polluting” smell of freshly baked bread.

Perhaps even more damaging to California was 1978 legislation signed by then Gov. Brown allowing collective bargaining for public employees. No single act has changed California for the worse more than this one.

Before 1978, there was a relatively small state government. Employees were protected by civil service. Pay was lower than comparable jobs in the private sector but job security and good benefits – plus the old notion of “public service” – drew many talented people to work in government.

Today, the primary goal of powerful public employee unions is to get the Legislature they bought and paid for to enact a new law making it illegal for any city or county to declare bankruptcy without guaranteeing union contract terms. Taxpayers and “public service” be damned.

right2bright on June 11, 2010 at 2:03 PM

He expanded the role of the Air Resources Board to the point that bakeries were required to install expensive scrubbers on their exhaust fans to protect the public from the “polluting” smell of freshly baked bread.

Yes, that’s true. A friend who grew up next to the King’s Hawaiian Bakery in the South Bay told me about that.

Mary in LA on June 11, 2010 at 2:04 PM

Why do Dems always channel Nazis? It’s a very disturbing trend that they keep coming back to.

search4truth on June 11, 2010 at 8:56 AM

Projection.

gary4205 on June 11, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Hmmm, just might win this one.

ThePrez on June 11, 2010 at 3:09 PM

Like I said in yesterday’s thread… Brown is a squirrel in search of his nuts.

The Ugly American on June 11, 2010 at 3:09 PM

I’m thinking maybe Brown is projecting his Über Alles nightmares…

I am Governor Jerry Brown
My aura smiles and never frowns
Soon I will be president

Obama Power will soon go away
I will be Fuhrer one day
I will command all of you
Your kids will meditate in school

Zen fascists will control you
100% natural
You will jog for the master race
And always wear the happy face

Close your eyes, can’t happen here
Big Bro’ on white horse is near
The hippies won’t come back you say
Mellow out or you will pay

Now it is 2010
Knock-knock at your residence
It’s the suede denim secret police
They have come for your uncool niece

Come quietly to the camp
You’d look nice as a drawstring lamp
Don’t you worry, it’s only a shower
For your clothes here’s a pretty flower

Die on organic poison gas
Serpent’s egg’s already hatched
You will croak, you little clown
When you mess with President Brown

The Ugly American on June 11, 2010 at 3:52 PM

I’m HIGHLY anticipating having Linda Ronstadt on the campaign trial, doing fund raising concerts! We’re living in the USA!
sigh…

leftnomore on June 11, 2010 at 10:27 PM

You know, you have to wonder about people who can regularly work in “child molesting” and Goebbels into a conversation.

Cindy Munford on June 11, 2010 at 9:28 AM

Not to worry, this is the Peak of his intellect.

N4646W on June 12, 2010 at 11:17 AM