Back to the future for California

Katy Grimes: Jerry Brown has regained the governor’s office he first held in the 1970s, despite former eBay CEO Meg Whitman using more than $160 million of her own money in the race.

Californians over age 45 are having a deja vu with “Brownisms.” Brown, in his acceptance speech late last night – described as short and apparently off-the-cuff – said that while the votes aren’t all counted, it was “good enough for government work.”

As he was speaking, I scanned Twitter and Google feeds for comments. There were so many comments about Brown’s strange speech, and some were really funny:

“No word from Meg Whitman yet, but Brown gave his acceptance speech!”

“I am loving Jerry Brown’s rambling acceptance speech- his honesty is so authentic.”

“Jerry Brown’s acceptance speech is the most bizarre thing I’ve ever seen.”

People watchcing the speech, described it as “awkward,” “bizarre,” “pointless and vague,” and “weird.”

One of his more interesting rambling comments during his off-the-cuff during the speech, indclude him describing being the Governor as, “This politics thing…” When asked what he will do as Governor, Brown said, “I don’t need a plan.”

 And today, Brown is denying that he ever said he will be a one-term Governor. Did he forget this promise, or has he just changed his mind now that the blue Plymouth is coming out of mothballs?

It’s back to the future for California, circa 1974.

(And Whitman’s concession speech is totally unmemorable, just like her campaign.)

NOV. 3, 2010

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  1. CAup2here
    CAup2here 3 November, 2010, 14:27

    “Good enough for government work,” ought to tell it all, and the ways he knows so much of California does NOT work at all in protecting the public interest.

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  2. Paul Taylor Examiner
    Paul Taylor Examiner 4 November, 2010, 07:06

    The clear message from the national midterm elections is that President Obama’s progressive policies have not worked for economic recovery, and his other risky domestic initiatives are widely unpopular. This midterm election also shows California, and Obama, to be out of step with the American political mood.

    California, generally seen as forward leaning politically, has voted to move in reverse — back to the government-growing, tax-and-spend liberalism that has brought us 12.5% unemployment, job-killing environmental and business regulations, and ubiquitous taxes. Except for rejecting marijuana legalization, the other approved ballot initiatives blindly perpetuate the militant immigrant, labor union and environmental special interests that have crushed California prosperity for the foreseeable future.

    What this election should have been for California is a therapeutic intervention to change its addiction to big government. Sadly, the election results will read like an obituary of failed progressive political policies and has beens. The national political trajectory is changed with this election; and it will leave California behind as a failed state.

    California has wiped out on the conservative wave election. This confirms California’s status as a failed state under the oppression of militant immigrant, labor and green special interests. The once “Golden State” is broke and broken.

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