Suddenly, buzz is back for Brown 2016

Suddenly, buzz is back for Brown 2016

Brown president 1980In just a handful of weeks, speculation has returned, and hype has built, around the idea of a Jerry Brown candidacy for president.

From one perspective, he has succeeded so much in California politics that he has disqualified himself. As the soon-to-be four-time governor of one of the most indelibly blue states, Brown has developed a reputation as a politician unpalatable to Republicans but controversial among Democrats.

On the other hand, Democrats have become queasy over Hillary Clinton’s alleged inevitability as their party’s next nominee. Yet Democrats also remain concerned about how well others drawn from a thin national bench — like New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo or even Vice President Joe Biden — might fare.

From their standpoint, Brown has recovered the potential to redirect the party in a clear and compelling way. Brown has become the last and most successful representative of the late-1960 liberalism that rejected President Lyndon Johnson, but had not yet evolved into the electorally disastrous ideology associated with Sen. George McGovern of South Dakota, the party’s 1972 presidential nominee.

An unintentional media blitz

Brown, who made almost no effort this year to campaign for his own re-election, has not lifted a finger to stoke buzz around a possible presidential run. In March, Brown told CBS Channel 5 in San Francisco that he’d be interested in running for a more modest office. “There are always races around. I certainly enjoyed being mayor of Oakland. That was a real wonderful opportunity. I never made the most of it,” he said.

Then, in May, Brown told George Stephanopoulos that Hillary Clinton’s frontrunner status brought “risks” and required a “cautious and wise” approach. (Brown, notoriously, contested Bill Clinton for the Democratic nomination in 1992 long after it became impossible for him to win.)

In early July, however, Chuck Todd opined that Brown would be the most likely candidate to challenge Hillary Clinton for the 2016 nomination. Brown, said Todd, was as much a “nemesis to the Clintons” as Al Gore, although his “resume with the left and populist movement is as strong, if not stronger.”

But recently Bill Maher delivered a forceful endorsement of Brown. “If Jerry Brown was 55,” he said on Real Time, his political commentary show on HBO, his record in California “would have Democrats hyping him for president. But they’re not. Because he’s 76, and ageism is the last acceptable prejudice in America.”

Brown’s personal and political experience, Maher implied, exceeded that of the rest of the Democrats’ presumptive field. “Wisdom isn’t something you can just Google. And governing is where we need wisdom. A concept that wise, ancient cultures already know.”

In mid-October, Brown reiterated to the Los Angeles Times that he’d consider another run at the Oakland mayoralty. “I wouldn’t mind being mayor of Oakland. But I don’t know, when I’m 80 and a half, whether I’ll have the same appetite.” Yet Brown preempted any question about flagging energy. “I’m very excited doing this job,” he told the Times, and made clear, “I don’t want to foreclose my options for four years from now.”

Likely hurdles would remain

In addition to the age issue — currently bedeviling Hillary Clinton herself — Brown would not face a cakewalk to the nomination, even if Clinton bowed out for some unexpected reason. As Dan Schnur pointed out at The Wall Street Journal, a bigger obstacle to a Brown candidacy would be even more fundamental: his own idiosyncrasy.

According to Schnur, Brown’s “brand of centrism has no logical place in a 2016 primary field. If a challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton is going to emerge, it will almost certainly be a populist voice from the Democratic base. Mr. Brown’s insistence on budget cuts that frustrated his party’s legislators, his unwillingness to ban fracking, and his continued interest in revamping California’s environmental regulations make him an unlikely flag-carrier for progressive primary voters.”

Meanwhile, Brown still has a large and unruly state to govern.

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  1. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 12 November, 2014, 10:59

    He signed on to govern CA until 2018. He left us once before in his first term in the 70’s, to run for President. He better not do that again!

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  2. Queeg
    Queeg 12 November, 2014, 11:40

    Ah…..Kamila Harris next up doomers……tell Bill Simon and Rushie!

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    • maximilian
      maximilian 12 November, 2014, 12:11

      Queeg, good point. Despite her lack of basic intelligence and guidance on matters of importance to citizens of California (read: Pension Reform), she will probably have the inside track as the next Dem candidate for Governor. Don’t forget to include “Mr. Do-Nothing” Lt. Governor Newsom. For 4 years, he has complained about the lack of anything to do in Sacramento, rarely commutes to the Capitol and stays caged in his Marin County home. But, he ran again, won again and will sharpen his weapons for a war with Kamala in a couple years. For the next 4 years, don’t expect anything of relevance generated by either one of them.

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      • LetitCollapse
        LetitCollapse 12 November, 2014, 12:36

        Yeah, If Kamala ends up in the governor’s mansion she can hire Willie Brown as her live-in boy toy!!! hah! 😀

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  3. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 12 November, 2014, 12:33

    By 12 noon I don’t think Clown can remember what he ate for breakfast. Running for POTUS would result in a huge waste of time and no doubt an embarassment or two. I laugh at his political aspirations post age 80! heh. Live one day at a time and count your lucky stars if you make it to 80, Jerry! You’re no spring chicken, man! You should move aside and let the young bucks take over. I don’t want your wife running the state with a crystal ball during your final 2 years in office. You folks that crave power and control never want to give it up, do ya? Let it go, Jerry. Go play with the grandkids. You and Feinstein can play peaknuckle together! 🙂

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  4. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 12 November, 2014, 13:29

    Newsom will be CA’s next Governor! Your jabs at KH, regarding WB are so juvenile! JB has a sharp mind–you must be blind–or in a state of denial!

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    • maximilian
      maximilian 12 November, 2014, 13:46

      SeeSaw…you may be correct. In a state where a predominance of liberal voters do not stay focused on the big issues, Newsom has the inside track. Having followed his political career, other than standing on the City Hall steps to endorse same-sex marriage in SF, provide one other idea, good or bad, he has ever sponsored for the good of the state? He sits on 15 state commissions because of his state title and votes as his predecessors have done for decades…he actually doesn’t even have to attend most meetings, which I’m sure he does not. His sexual dalliance with his staff aide’s wife will probably not help, either. http://bit.ly/14eMeQt But, you still may be right.

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    • LetitCollapse
      LetitCollapse 12 November, 2014, 13:50

      You want a guy who cheated on his wife to run your State? If he cheated on his chosen wife what are the odds that he would cheat on you too??? 100% !!!!

      What governor in his right mind during his gubernatorial debate on statewide television would say his reason for approving DL’s for illegals was to provide the illegals with convenient transportation to get to their jobs!!! HAH! Apparently Jerry Clown FORGOT that he’s sworn under oath to PROTECT AND UPHOLD the laws of the United States!!! His statement confirms that he PROMOTES illegals stealing jobs from California citizens and VIOLATING both State and Federal labor laws!!! HAH! So why should the rest of us respect his stinking laws IF HE DOESN’T???

      If I were a candidate running against Kamala for the governor’s job – I’d show a photo of Kamala and Willie together on TV and play “Let’s get it on” by Marvin Gaye in the background. 😀

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      • SeeSaw
        SeeSaw 12 November, 2014, 18:11

        He was between wives at the time. He cheated with someone else’s wife. All politicians have private lives just like other people. We don’t want or need to know about any of it as long as it has nothing to do with the job. None of your business about KH’s previous or present personal life.

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        • LetitCollapse
          LetitCollapse 12 November, 2014, 18:39

          Why do you think wife #1 divorced Gavin? Because he farted in bed??? HAH! 😀

          And Gavin was having sex with the wife of his best friend and Chief of Staff/Campaign Manager while he was Mayor of SF. So how loyal do you think he’d be to the citizens of California if he was doing the nasty with the wife of his best buddy? Hmmmm??? 😀

          Btw, did you know that Gavin is a Catholic??? HAH! After all the crap he’s pulled I have no idea how he’s allowed to still receive the sacraments. If I was the pastor of his parish I’d tell him to take a hike!!! 🙂

          Oh, and since Kamala makes decisions that affects my life what she does in her personal life is certainly my business! Ethics and morals MEAN SOMETHING! If not for Willie Brown’s influence do you think she’d be where she is today??? Not a snowball’s chance in hell!!! Gee, I wonder why Willie helped her??? HMMMMM???? 😀

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          • SeeSaw
            SeeSaw 12 November, 2014, 23:24

            Why don’t you start your own tabloid if you prefer to debate with deviants.

          • LetitCollapse
            LetitCollapse 12 November, 2014, 23:35

            It’s not unreasonable for a citizen to demand that those who make laws and compel us to obey them to adhere to a moral code. That’s the very least we should expect from high government officials. Seducing the wife of a best friend should be an automatic disqualifer in a civilized society. 😉

        • LetitCollapse
          LetitCollapse 12 November, 2014, 23:07

          You can’t change the spots on a leopard, seesaw. Once a floosie, always a floosie. Once a back stabber, always a back stabber! I can’t think of anything lower than seducing and doing the nasty with the wife of your best friend! ewwwwww! What a filthy rabid dog!!! If Gavin ever makes it to the governor’s office they should rename California to Sodom and Gomorrah.

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  5. Bill - San Jose
    Bill - San Jose 12 November, 2014, 15:29

    Letit is onto something here. It’s called common sense.

    Now to wait for the who cares crowd to follow up your valid and poignant statements with dribble about how skeered you are Letit.

    For those who will naysay on Letit’s obviously perfect points, sit down and shut your wh***e mouths. Men are talking here. Letit…. making Steve Greenhut proud everyday. =)

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    • LetitCollapse
      LetitCollapse 12 November, 2014, 18:25

      Greenhut has too many people to please. He doesn’t take it to my level. No one owns me. No political party, no politician, no ideology, no Wall Street pig. I’ll attack a conservative just as quick as I’ll attack a liberal, if he doesn’t have his head screwed on straight. You see, I don’t get paid for my opinions. I’m free to speak my mind. If you want to be a hero, well, just follow me! 🙂

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  6. Queeg
    Queeg 12 November, 2014, 15:59

    wh…te mouths?

    Moderator….TIME TO PULL THE PLUG CHAIN!

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  7. desmond
    desmond 12 November, 2014, 19:51

    Some campaigns have buttons, hats… Harris, well worn knee pads with her initials. Willie could auction the game worn model for
    some inane San Fran group like “Men Who Love Pomeranians” same as a LA Kings Gretzky shirt.That is not sexist. Newsom is a pig, she is a sow. The election can t come soon enough. If the economy tanks, it will be fun to watch JB be led off by the White coats, mumbling about HS rail, and Prop 13. Harris walking on her kneepads to the debate with Gavin(I look like the corrupt Mexican President) Newsom. “That’s Entertainment.” On a side note, Kimberly is hot, so perhaps Gavin bats from both sides. Hey, taking his ….. and sticking it in some dude’s…it is a beautiful thing.
    ,

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  8. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 12 November, 2014, 22:12

    Vile stuff….you should consider self removal. CWD is a good and clean site. Shame.

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    • SeeSaw
      SeeSaw 12 November, 2014, 23:32

      LIC and Desmond should be banned from CWD–they are not concerned about the state and the citizens! The people who are interested in the State of CA and its citizens are not interested in tabloid sleeze about our duly elected officials.

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      • LetitCollapse
        LetitCollapse 12 November, 2014, 23:42

        Public officials in a civilized society should be held to much higher standards than common citizens, seesaw. Naturally you are partisan over which politicians should be held accountable. If the last name is “Bush” it’s open season, isn’t it? But if the last name happens to be “Newsome”, “Brown”, “Clinton” “Obama” – it’s unfair to to expose their dirt – and any violation deserves censorship. HAH! You liberals are so transparent! 🙂

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  9. ted E Mind of your Godhead Ted
    ted E Mind of your Godhead Ted 13 November, 2014, 06:34

    Good Job Constipado!

    Thanks for using the president’s real name instead of some childlike racial word play!

    Good girl!!

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  10. Demented like Brown?
    Demented like Brown? 19 November, 2014, 03:08

    It ain’t gonna happen.

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