“Jerry Brown was governor once — can he do it again? If Whitman winds up as the GOP choice, is she easy prey for Brown?”
No, Brown will be easy prey for Whitman. He will be the California version of Mondale — not the Mondale who lost 49 states to Reagan in ‘84, but the 74-year-old Mondale who lost the Democratic-held Senate seat in Minnesota in ‘02. Democrats would be nuts to try to recycle this beyond-his-prime former governor.
Whitman isn’t easy prey, but the combination of California demographics and the failed policies of Democrat Susan Kennedy, cloaked and perceived as Republican, tell us Brown is currently the likely next Governor.
Sure. The Republicans have painted themselves into a tiny, narrow corner. Anyone nutty and bigoted enough to win a Republican primary has no chance in a statewide general race in California.
Democrats are aching to win back the horseshoe, but this won’t be a slam dunk for either party. Whitman is an enigma, as is Jerry in his own way. There’s a tremendous opportunity for an independent candidate in this race.
Unless something changes dramatically (e.g., Feinstein entering the race), Brown is our next governor.
Jerry Brown is the next Governor of the State of California, period.
She has no real answers, no experience, he will run circles around her.
Jerry Brown will chew Whitman up and sell her carcass on EBay.
Yes. But the real question: hasn’t California suffered enough with two terms of the Jerry mister?
It will be Jerry Brown and Steve Poizner in November. Brown and Poizner will end up being frustrated because the other candidate is able to change colors so quickly. We are about to see any and all principles go out the window in order to win.
Doesn’t everyone assume that Jerry Brown will be the next governor?
Whitman will be easily defeated….
Everything depends on the quality of her preparation. Right now, she is ducking debates and remaining vague on the issues. If that’s as good as it gets, she’s done. If she gets better, though, she has a chance. Older voters remember Jerry Brown as a flake. Younger voters know him as a cranky old guy.
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