What Will Jerry Do?

Posted on October 29, 2010 by

Polls show Jerry Brown pulling away so it looks like California voters won’t be forcing Meg Whitman down our throats.

Coping with loud-mouthed congressional republicans will be hard enough.

Jerry deserves credit for overcoming Meg’s megabucks but I really take my hat off to the state’s electorate for rejecting Whitman’s right wing blather and not succumbing to the barrage of ads portraying Brown as a union puppet.

Union money has been important to Brown but so has labor’s extraordinary ground game, particularly the one engineered by the LA Labor Federation.

I moved to California in 1981 during Brown’s not very impressive final two years in office.  His achievements were behind him and his aspirations for the presidency had depleted his interest – and influence – in the state.

My first political shock in California was George Deukmejian’s unanticipated victory over LA Mayor Tom Bradley in 1982 which triggered a run by republican governors of 22 of the next 28 years.

This election is not just redemption for Brown but for democrats who suffered through Gray Davis’ disappointing tenure and recall.

Now if I’m wrong and Whitman pulls a Deukmejian, you’ll have to peel me off the floor Wednesday morning.

But don’t worry, this one’s in the bag.

Comments (7)


  1. Martin Jay says:

    Lou – You’re the best. I don’t know anybody -who has used the term “if Whitman pulls a Deukmajian” ever. It might be a first in the history of California politics.

    I don’t think it will happen – and I’m glad no one will have to peel you off the floor!!!

    Happy Elections-
    Good Returns

    Martin Jay

  2. Barry says:

    Another great post, Lou. Thank you for sending it along. I hope that you are right about Brown being in the bag.


  3. I concur with others that I hope Brown is in for real. I really hope also that this shows a bigger swing for Democrats on Tuesday than is being predicted. Somehow, the thought of a Rerpublican majority house it more than I can stand – and I hope it doesn’t happen.

  4. Greg says:

    Jerry Brown will win! Barbara Boxer will win! Prop 19 better win.;-p California will be safe again while the rest of the Country burns. I am still hoping for a Democractic majority on November 3rd, but I am foolish enough to hold my breath. Love ya Lou!

  5. Inspirational post, Lou, but there are only two things that are in the bag: death and taxes.

    Get out there and vote November 2nd, and take some friends.

  6. Steve says:

    And vote yes on 25 for some budget sanity!

  7. Steph B. says:

    I don’t have much hope for the rest of the country, but this time I think CA voters will get it right and reject the idiocracy of Whitman and Fiorina and make the right decisions on the propositions, though I don’t hold out much hope for Prop. 19. I’m new to your blog and think you make sense.
    Steph B.

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