California’s Brown – Democrat’s Most Valuable Player?

Posted on November 21, 2010 by

As national democrats brace for a bloody war with triumphant republicans, California forges ahead as the nation’s major blue state.

Former and future Governor Jerry Brown takes center stage as America’s most important state official.  If he successfully steers California through its budget and unemployment crisis, it could restore some credibility to democrats across the country and certainly help President Obama’s 2012 reelection bid.

California’s counterpart, New York, also resisted the republican tide, electing Attorney General Andrew Cuomo (like Brown, the son of a legendary governor) to run that state and voted back its two democratic senators:  Charles Schumer for his third six-year term and Kirsten Gillibrand who had been appointed to the position after Hillary Clinton became Secretary of State.  However, five U.S. house seats from New York went republican and control of its state senate is in play, pending recounts.

So California stands alone with all top political offices going to democrats – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer easily handling her opponent, Attorney General candidate Kamala Harris appearing now to have squeaked by L.A. District Attorney Steve Cooley – and no change in the makeup of House seats (as well as very large legislative majorities).

For suffering progressives, California offers some breathing room.  But the problems are formidable and will definitely put Brown at odds with liberal interest groups.

It will be interesting to see how this “fight among friends” shakes out. 

God help us if it turns out to look anything like what’s gone on between the white house and its “allies.”

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  1. Betty says:

    The expression ‘fight among friends’ asks the question, what is the agenda going to be in CA and Sacramento? What is the message of CA Governor Jerry Brown and the CA legislatures to the voters who elected them? We need to hear the message repeated with clarity to the CA voters from now until the next election. We are ready for the tough choices to be made but the question remains will the legislature lead or will they pander to personal interest politics that CA voters are used to seeing. The change Americans want is for our representatives to serve the general collective best interests of Americans as a nation and stop serving the self interest of the few and the entitled and the extremists.

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