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  •  Dems are lukewarm on Brown. (9+ / 0-)

    It's not that he's disliked, but we were hoping for a fresher face. Villagairosa and Newsom both flamed out, and there was nobody else on the bench.

    I think Whitman has maxed out on her approval and Brown hasn't started counterpunching yet. If he can get her in a debate, he'll be on his turf.

    That said, Californians are not known for making smart choices for Governor.

    •  Amen to that. (1+ / 0-)
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      I'm shocked to say it, but Whitman could be the next governor here. I keep hearing that this is a Democratic state, but it elects Republicans far too easily.

      When Brown gets cranked up he can be effective, but I also say amen to the "lukewarmness."

      Gray Davis, Phil Angelides, Bustamante, Brown: Is this the best we can do?

    •  Wait for Debra Bowen (4+ / 0-)

      The best thing would be for Brown, if he wins, to really try to fix things and then not run for reelection.  Debra Bowen is the best person on the bench.

      But it is appalling that this is the best the Sate's Dems could do this year.

      Your new Democratic Party: Billions for the bankster boys and not one dime for abortions. Even if it's your dime.

      by Mimikatz on Thu Jul 08, 2010 at 09:40:00 AM PDT

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    •  If those are the choices: (1+ / 0-)
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      Villaraigosa, Newsom, or Brown, I would think Brown would be the most electable.  Brown's won statewide three times, with his last win being only four years ago.  Villaraigosa and Newsom are local politicians who may have problems jumping directly to the big time.  Newsom was smart taking the baby step to Lt. Governor.

      •  Brown has four statewide wins and one loss (1+ / 0-)
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         He served a term as Secretary of State (elected 1970) before his first Governor's race in 1974. Reelected in 1978. Lost in '82 for Senate against Pete Wilson (part of the ill-fated  "Tom and Jerry" ticket). Won Attorney General in 2006. Now running for Governor. (He is eligible despite term limits because he was Governor before the term limits initiative, Prop 140, was passed in 1990.)

        I'm not a Limousine Liberal; I am a Prius Progressive

        by Zack from the SFV on Thu Jul 08, 2010 at 02:30:16 PM PDT

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