We're thinking Meg's pleased…


In a time when everyone’s talking about what Attorney Jerry Brown hasn’t talked about (namely, when he’s going to announce his candidacy for governor), it’s nice to find something concerning what he actually is talking about. Check out this San Francisco Bay Guardian piece on Brown’s Feb. 17 speech before the Sierra Club’s San Francisco Bay Chapter. You know it’s going to be a good story when the words “rambling,” “vague,” “aghast” and “often pointless” appear in the first paragraph.

“Brown has never been a dynamic speaker, but the unscripted, half-hour speech… illustrates the danger of letting a primary be decided by legend and money rather than political persuasion,” reporter Steven T. Jones wrote.

The big story so far has been Republican Meg Whitman’s near-absolute refusal to talk the press. But given the following excerpt, we can only conclude that Brown — who was California’s governor from 1975 to 1983 — might want to take a page from her playbook:

“During that period when I was governor, I’m not going to call it the golden age because some people think I’m in the golden, so I don’t want people to get confused. That’s why I don’t want to talk about way back then, because there are a number of people I can see weren’t even born then, so it gets a little embarrassing and I like to pretend it was just yesterday. But in that period, California created almost twice as many jobs as the nation did…”

-Anthony Pignataro

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