New Whitman ad hits Brown’s “it’s all a lie” admission

posted at 12:35 pm on October 30, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

The Michael Kinsley definition of politcal gaffe is the accidental telling of an embarrassing truth — and if that’s the case, Jerry Brown committed the ultimate gaffe. Only Brown didn’t commit the gaffe in this campaign; he committed it fifteen years ago in an interview with CNN. Brown told the network that politicians in his experience don’t really have plans for governing, or at least specifically in his own experience.  He admitted that he lied in order to win election in 1974, and Meg Whitman pounces on it in this eleventh-hour ad:

Stephen Gutowski has the entire sequence at Eyeblast, along with this transcript:

Interviewer: You said something a moment ago that I have to follow up on and I have to draw you out on. You said you don’t have to lie anymore now that you’re not a politician. What did you lie about when you were governor?

Jerry Brown: It’s all a lie. You’re pretending there’s a plan…

Interviewer: What did you lie about?

Jerry Brown: You run for office and the assumption is “Oh, I know what to do”. You don’t. I didn’t have a plan for California. Clinton doesn’t have a plan. Bush doesn’t have a plan.

Interviewer: You said you had a plan for California and you lied because you didn’t have a plan?

Jerry Brown: You say you’re going to lower taxes, you’re going to put people to work, you’re gonna improve the schools, you’re going to stop crime… crime is up, schools are worse, taxes are higher. I mean be real!

This isn’t exactly a youthful indiscretion. Brown had been out of office for 13 years when he staked his claim at being a liar, and was 57 years old at that time. It probably comes as no surprise to Californians who lived through his terms as Governor (which ended almost 28 years ago) that Brown had no real plan, but it’s another to hear him publicly admit it — as an attack on other politicians.  If this race is as close as recent polls indicate, Whitman might push enough people to dump Brown to make a difference with a wide media buy for this ad.


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Gold Jerry, Gold!

bluemarlin on October 30, 2010 at 12:39 PM

Ouch. Run it far and wide, Meg. You can still pull it off.

amerpundit on October 30, 2010 at 12:39 PM

He’ll politician- reporter privilege or something equally as moonbeamish.

AubieJon on October 30, 2010 at 12:41 PM

This would be the only ad I would run the next 48 hours- the only one.
Also, where the hell was this 3 weeks ago?

jjshaka on October 30, 2010 at 12:41 PM

He’ll claim politician- reporter privilege or something equally as moonbeamish.

AubieJon on October 30, 2010 at 12:41 PM

Sheesh, watching college football and HotAir at the same time.

AubieJon on October 30, 2010 at 12:42 PM

AWESOME!!!

csdeven on October 30, 2010 at 12:42 PM

Truth hurts the worst!

ClanDerson on October 30, 2010 at 12:43 PM

Hope she has enough money to get it out. Everywhere. 24/7

trapeze on October 30, 2010 at 12:44 PM

TOUCHDOWN!!!

mizflame98 on October 30, 2010 at 12:44 PM

D’ohhhhhhhhhh!!!! You go, Jerry !

Dopenstrange on October 30, 2010 at 12:44 PM

I was wondering when that video was going to pop up in a commercial.

supernova on October 30, 2010 at 12:49 PM

If Californians don’t elect Meg, they are really lost. A sober, successful businesswoman.

Paul-Cincy on October 30, 2010 at 12:50 PM

“I had no plan.”

“It’s all a lie”

“She’s a whore.”

Is Cali really dumb enough to elect this guy?!?

Ted Torgerson on October 30, 2010 at 12:51 PM

If Meg wins, that will be the tipping point for the country. If not, not. That’s how I see it.

Paul-Cincy on October 30, 2010 at 12:53 PM

It is appalling that Gov. Moonbeam is leading in this race by a large margin. I have to conclude that Whitman has run a terrible campaign. Anybody who cannot beat that man does not deserve to be Governor.

Really Right on October 30, 2010 at 12:57 PM

This exactly what they should do with Obozo. Use his words against him. There is plenty materials for the next 2 years.

txag92 on October 30, 2010 at 1:01 PM

BOMBS AWAY!

You know they have been saving this one for the end. It just has to be sweet to drop this one on Moonbeam, the old hippie. It might have been the one time in his life he actually thought he was telling the truth, and now it comes back to bite him in the ass.

Wonder if she has any more blockbusters in the racks?

novaculus on October 30, 2010 at 1:02 PM

Saw a most horrible omen the other morning driving through Sacramento.

The freeway I travel affords at one point a view of the Capitol building to the left and a huge Shell gas station sign to the right. This particular pre-dawn day, the Shell gas station sign was illuminated as always, except the letter “S” was burned out, leaving the sign to read “HELL.”

With the Capitol as a sort of backdrop to this signage, I pray the word “HELL” is not a portent of future life in California should Brown win, but merely an announcement of the final destination that awaits liberals in this state after Nov. 2 when we banish the entire rotten lot of them.

FlameWarrior on October 30, 2010 at 1:03 PM

Isn’t it a little late for this? She coulda been riding this for months. Talking about how she had plans to make Ebay successful and it was successful, and how she has plans for California. But with 3 days left? Does anything matter now?

Paul-Cincy on October 30, 2010 at 1:03 PM

Californians want politicians to lie to them! They can’t handle the truth!

cartooner on October 30, 2010 at 1:04 PM

Morgan Freeman narrates an ad for B.J. Lawson:

What is David Price Afraid Of?

Related, Morgan Freeman solves the race problem.

Rae on October 30, 2010 at 1:04 PM

Morgan Freeman narrates an ad for B.J. Lawson:

Rae on October 30, 2010 at 1:04 PM

Had no idea MF was so cool. I don’t need for everyone to be conservative, they can be Marxist, but, be able to use your mind. Understand there are other views.

Paul-Cincy on October 30, 2010 at 1:10 PM

California is hopeless, I just pray they don’t drag us down with them.

txmomof6 on October 30, 2010 at 1:13 PM

As CA goes, so goes the nation. If the good people of CA save themselves from more of the same, insanity, there will be hope for the nation; if not, we’re all doomed. Think about it – they have 35+ million people living there…businesses flee, legislature/budget are a disaster… To go for Brown/Boxer w/b poison.

Schadenfreude on October 30, 2010 at 1:23 PM

This race will be decided by the turnout that followig groups can get: The Unions… they have about 300k members probably 80% Democrat. The Central Valley and the few Republicans sprinkled in the big cities… I don’t know how many voters that is but if we can overcome the Unions we can win. The ordinary rank and file Democrats aren’t motivated that I can see…

CCRWM on October 30, 2010 at 1:26 PM

If Moonbeam wins how long until he is recalled. Because they have done that before and it was to a Democrat. That is how the governator be came the governator.

Just think even the Governator could not save Cali. Skynet has to be a Union, Socialist/Marxist and undocumented worker.

tjexcite on October 30, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Nice! Never before has honesty been so refreshing.
Bet he won’t try that again…honesty I mean.

Buttercup on October 30, 2010 at 1:27 PM

This ad has been running for weeks. Hasn’t seemed to have made a difference.

rrpjr on October 30, 2010 at 1:27 PM

She ran this too late. This should have been run before the debates so she could use it as ammunition– Is Jerry Lying now?

Plus at this point people are tuning out political ads.

And she’s missed Early Voting (is there EV in California?)

This should have hit the airwaves in September.

Nethicus on October 30, 2010 at 1:32 PM

When this vid surfaced weeks ago I was hoping she’d make an ad from it then. Might be too late now.

Iblis on October 30, 2010 at 1:32 PM

It’s called being a Democrat.

Hening on October 30, 2010 at 1:34 PM

That was probably the only truthful thing brown ever said in his life, ‘it’s all a lie’!
L

letget on October 30, 2010 at 1:35 PM

FlameWarrior on October 30, 2010 at 1:03 PM

Where the heck is that? The California Capitol building is surrounded by skyscrapers — I’ve never seen it from the highway.

Count to 10 on October 30, 2010 at 1:35 PM

You lie seems to be the theme of America under Obama.

Mojave Mark on October 30, 2010 at 1:36 PM

Awesome. Hoist with his own petard. Loves it.

cynccook on October 30, 2010 at 1:37 PM

Why did she wait so long to release this ad? Early voting started long ago.

El_Terrible on October 30, 2010 at 1:39 PM

It’s California. We don’t vote Republican, period. Unless you manage to find a liberal one. Whitman is that, but she got extremely bad political advice the whole campaign, and it was quite expensive. Those guys should never be hired again.

bagoh20 on October 30, 2010 at 1:39 PM

This should have hit the airwaves in September.

Nethicus on October 30, 2010 at 1:32 PM

She never had a clue what she was up against. Like Romney, she just figured if she spent untold millions she’d get the job. But, of course, she had Romney’s enthusiastic endorsement. Wasn’t that enough?

rrpjr on October 30, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Whitman is that, but she got extremely bad political advice the whole campaign, and it was quite expensive. Those guys should never be hired again.

bagoh20 on October 30, 2010 at 1:39 PM

*cough* Mitt Romney *cough*

El_Terrible on October 30, 2010 at 1:43 PM

Not only California gone but I’ll bet NY will be as well!.

Do You Believe in Miracles’?

hawkman on October 30, 2010 at 1:43 PM

She never had a clue what she was up against. Like Romney, she just figured if she spent untold millions she’d get the job. But, of course, she had Romney’s enthusiastic endorsement. Wasn’t that enough?

rrpjr on October 30, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Exit questions: Are Republican political adivsers all idiots?

Nethicus on October 30, 2010 at 1:44 PM

As CA goes, so goes the nation. If the good people of CA save themselves from more of the same, insanity, there will be hope for the nation; if not, we’re all doomed.

Schadenfreude on October 30, 2010 at 1:23 PM

I disagree. Look to the middle of this country. We have nearly all of the fresh water, most of the food production, and a large part of the energy supply.

We can survive without the liberal coasts.

Yoop on October 30, 2010 at 1:46 PM

Actually, I think it would’ve been more effective if she made a commercial from the last debate with her and Brown in where he screwed up and said, literally that the cops were in his back pocket.

Now THAT would’ve made good ad.

RedbonePro on October 30, 2010 at 1:50 PM

Hope she has enough money to get it out.

Uh, you meant that ironically, right? – You are talking about Meg Whitman, y’know.

davisbr on October 30, 2010 at 1:54 PM

What a maroon! He emptied a 14-round mag into his own foot then reloaded and opened up on the other foot. This ought to seal the deal for many of the fence-sitters, although I don’t think it will change the minds of the truly moon(beam)struck.

Extrafishy on October 30, 2010 at 2:13 PM

If California elects this incompetent jerk again, they’ll deserve what they get.

AZCoyote on October 30, 2010 at 2:14 PM

Beyond the outright Lying
It really amazes me the California peons face a choice between a person who self made themself into a millionaire creating jobs for millions of people many of whom also became wealthy, and a career politician who cynically claims public service while enriching themself off the public and destroying livlihoods in the process, and what do they coose. Apparently half choose the latter.

Yes today in a contest between Abrahm Lincoln and Marion Barry, the Dem would be favored in California.

Rea1ityCheck on October 30, 2010 at 2:18 PM

For the first time, I’m starting to feel hopeful that Meg can win this. She certainly has my vote. I do wish she had used this during the debates.

surfhut on October 30, 2010 at 2:22 PM

Isn’t it a little late for this? She coulda been riding this for months.

Paul-Cincy on October 30, 2010 at 1:03 PM

It just shows you how poor Whitman’s opposition research really is. Every Brown TV interview should have been watched and re-watched months ago.

lorien1973 on October 30, 2010 at 2:37 PM

Morgan Freeman narrates an ad for B.J. Lawson:

Rae on October 30, 2010 at 1:04 PM

That’s awesome.

lorien1973 on October 30, 2010 at 2:41 PM

Is Cali really dumb enough to elect this guy?!?

Ted Torgerson on October 30, 2010 at 12:51 PM

My prediction is that moonbeam will win, and it won’t even be close. I got out of there in 1994 when they made it clear I was not welcome if I wanted to keep any of my income, and as near as I can tell things have only gotten worse since then.

runawayyyy on October 30, 2010 at 2:47 PM

Cali is full of enough ignorant slackers that yes Moonbeam can win.

CWforFreedom on October 30, 2010 at 2:52 PM

No doubt her campaign has been sitting on this until the final hour so he wouldn’t have time to dance around and explain how things are “different this time”.

ButterflyDragon on October 30, 2010 at 2:59 PM

lorien1973 on October 30, 2010 at 2:37 PM

Ditto on where was this and other ads! For 160 million, you’d think there’d be some competence on that campaign. Yet just the same old people collecting a paycheck and doing busy work. The same story for the horrendous McCain campaign.

TimTebowSavesAmerica on October 30, 2010 at 3:02 PM

FlameWarrior on October 30, 2010 at 1:03 PM
Where the heck is that? The California Capitol building is surrounded by skyscrapers — I’ve never seen it from the highway.
Count to 10 on October 30, 2010 at 1:35 PM

Southbound 5 after W. El Camino and before you come to the 50.

There’s a stretch where the dome of the Crapitol is visible between the skyscrapers.

When you’re behind the wheel, you need to drive more like me — with your eyes off the road and watching the scenery roll past. You know — “see the USA in your Chevrolet,” and that sort of thing.

FlameWarrior on October 30, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Moonbeam is hoisted on his own petard!!!

Now he’s got nothing to say without doing a Monty Python skit!!!

landlines on October 30, 2010 at 3:49 PM

What’s strange is that they recalled a Democrat Gov. and now they want to elect another one.Sorry to the few CA.s that are coherent and post here, but the people in CA are really stupid.

BruceB on October 30, 2010 at 3:59 PM

This ad has been running for weeks. Hasn’t seemed to have made a difference.

rrpjr on October 30, 2010 at 1:27 PM

I think it has made a difference.

It was only last week that the Rasmussen poll had Jerry Brown ahead against Meg Whitman by 48% to 42%. This put California leaning towards Democrat in the election. However, Rasmussen released a poll yesterday showing that the race is tightening and Meg is eating away at Jerry Brown’s lead. Brown leads by 49% with Meg Whitman moving up with 45%. The results are within the 4% margin of error which means that California is now a toss up state.

She never had a clue what she was up against. Like Romney, she just figured if she spent untold millions she’d get the job. But, of course, she had Romney’s enthusiastic endorsement. Wasn’t that enough?

rrpjr on October 30, 2010 at 1:41 PM

I disagree. But, we’ll have to wait and see on Tuesday.

If Meg Whitman wins, its good news for America. It will also be a boost for Mitt Romney.

Conservative Samizdat on October 30, 2010 at 5:40 PM

Meg, Meg, MEG!

Why the hell did you wait so long with this ad?

Why?

Edouard on October 30, 2010 at 6:06 PM

I hope she can pull it off, but I’m just afraid that it won’t matter who the governor is when the state finally has their financial meltdown. Then we will have to pay for their bailout.

Mirimichi on October 30, 2010 at 6:28 PM

I’m of the opinion that the timing is perfect. Five days can give this maximum effect at the polls. Any earlier and Brown could find a way to sluff this off. There’s no time to answer back effectively by Brown.

…. It’s all about the swing vote now. Here’s for hoping it works.

itsspideyman on October 30, 2010 at 7:15 PM

But democraps never make gaffes only republicans and conservatives do. Just read any ‘mainstream’ newsrag.

eaglewingz08 on October 30, 2010 at 7:27 PM

WOW! IT’S NOT GOLD. IT’S ….

DIAMOND!

TheAlamos on October 30, 2010 at 7:56 PM

Conservative Samizdat on October 30, 2010 at 5:40 PM

Sure, I hope she wins too. But this shouldn’t have been close. Her campaign has been listless and unfocused. And, like Romney, she doesn’t understand the Left or its pressure points.

rrpjr on October 30, 2010 at 8:35 PM

I’m of the opinion that the timing is perfect. Five days can give this maximum effect at the polls. Any earlier and Brown could find a way to sluff this off. There’s no time to answer back effectively by Brown.

…. It’s all about the swing vote now. Here’s for hoping it works.

itsspideyman on October 30, 2010 at 7:15 PM

I think that’s the plan.

And I think the timing is absolutely perfect.

Sure, I hope she wins too. But this shouldn’t have been close. Her campaign has been listless and unfocused. And, like Romney, she doesn’t understand the Left or its pressure points.

rrpjr on October 30, 2010 at 8:35 PM

Meg isn’t the perfect candidate but she doesn’t need to attack the left. She needs to get the independent vote and enough weak democrats to vote for her.

That’s how you win elections. That’s how Reagan won with his Reagan Democrats…democrats who voted Republican.

Conservative Samizdat on October 30, 2010 at 10:03 PM

There are so many stupid people in the USA with such poor judgement, lousy values, virtually no mores, or morals, and they vote.

As a result, and also because the many of the people in California are all of the above, I expect Brown and other people who are bad for the state and for the nation to actually be elected. I also expect that those Democrats who lose on Election night by small margins will engage in the stealing the elections trick they use so frequently, and use the courts, and recounts – recounts which will only find a few dozen extra, previously unknown or “uncounted” votes here, a few hundred there, and so on, that will ONLY be for the Democrat candidate (surprise!) and eventually, after a few months, a winner will be declared, and it will be the Democrats, by 12 votes or so.

Of course the news and all will ignore the fact that the Republican actually on the election, fair and square, and the Democrats merely steal the election by cheating, by fraudulent vote counting, by conjuring votes which really did not exist, and which, funny thing, are always Democrat votes, to no more Republican votes.

Franken stole his election after he lost, and even after several recounts he STILL Lost. Nevertheless, that poor excuse for a human being persisted until the magical appearance of enough “uncounted” votes, all favoring him, appeared, and he was declared the winner.

The same thing happened in Washington state and elsewhere.
The Democrats – leftists – fifth columnists – socialists even pad the vote by bribing people to vote, leading them to the booths, and helping them select the Democrat candidate. Along with that, Democrat-fifth columnist-leftist-Socialist thugs actually have dead people voting Democrat, illegal immigrants voting Democrat, and people voting several times for Democrats.

Even dead people who were staunch republicans in the past have shown up alive and voting democrat, much to the surprise and chagrin of the wife or husband, or other family member, who is surprised that their loved one, who is dead, and was a registered Republican, and active Conservative, shows up alive, a registered Democrat, and voting Democrat. Funny how people can re-register for a different party from the grave. Hey. Democrats-illegal immigrants, etc., have no trouble involving themselves in identity theft, fraud, lies, cheating, breaking the law, or getting the judges to legislate from the bench, thus changing laws they don’t like without following the Constitution.

Democrats-Leftists-Fifth Columnists are lying, mean, nasty, malicious, crude, racist, bigoted, horrible people and they should NEVER be trusted, nor should they ever be permitted to steal elections, via all that fraud, lies, deception, padding the vote count, and all their other cheating methods, again.

The Republicans, Libertarians, everyone, should fight them to the death before EVER allowing the mean spirited, hate filled, immoral Democrats-leftists-liars to EVER steal another election.

William2006 on October 30, 2010 at 11:22 PM

Meg isn’t the perfect candidate but she doesn’t need to attack the left. She needs to get the independent vote and enough weak democrats to vote for her.

That’s how you win elections. That’s how Reagan won with his Reagan Democrats…democrats who voted Republican.

Conservative Samizdat on October 30, 2010 at 10:03 PM

If you’re not going to attack them, you better understand them. Because they sure as hell will attack you. It’s just part of one’s political intelligence. “Know your enemy.” You need to know them, their patterns and motives. You can’t run like a Reagan, it’s a different time; the Left is far more powerful and entrenched. Look how Christie won NJ, another hugely democrat state with an entrenched Left. He studied the Left. There was nothing they could throw at him he hadn’t anticipated, and in turn he put them on the defensive (and won over independents in the process). It’s war. Figure it out, or accept defeat.

rrpjr on October 31, 2010 at 1:39 AM

If California goes down in flames… they can only blame themselves.

scotash on October 31, 2010 at 2:29 AM

“I had no plan.”

“It’s all a lie”

“She’s a whore.”

Is Cali really dumb enough to elect this guy?!?

Ted Torgerson on October 30, 2010 at 12:51 PM

Well you are assuming that there will be no voter fraud here. Me I am betting that a majority of the votes cast for the dems are all fraudulent.
Chicago has nothing on the dems here.

ColdWarrior57 on October 31, 2010 at 2:44 AM

I don’t believe it will make one whit of difference. The people voting for Brown are so ideologically driven (and visa versa) that they’ll care less. Dems are seldom rational – and proud of it.

rspock on October 31, 2010 at 9:57 AM

Most of the refugees that fled California are the ones who voted GOP. There’s not nearly as many left there any more.
IF MoonBeam wins (I don’t think he will), the public employee unions will finish off California and the rest of us has to make sure there’s no support in congress to bail them out. They will be coming with their hands out!

cartooner on October 31, 2010 at 11:35 AM

Where the hell was this a month ago?!?!?!?!?!

CapitalistPig on October 31, 2010 at 1:46 PM