Tuesday, October 03, 2006

The WHO meets the Riveside Press Enterprise

In an editorial today the Riverside Press Enterprise commented in part, in an endorsement for Jerry Brown for Attorney General -

"Let's stipulate that Brown was a poor governor when he served from 1975 until 1983. In particular, Brown's anti-growth policies left a lasting negative legacy on California's roads and highways. But that was 25 years ago. "Gov. Moonbeam" went to Oakland and discovered that idealism does not work. Success in local government requires pragmatism and consensus-building."

Brown was indeed a lousy governor. And what has he done since then? He has paraded as an intellectual. But what he seems to have made a career as is as a dilettante. Even his best of friends suggest that his record as Mayor of Oakland has been mixed. But in rejecting the WHO's rock ballad, the RPE has gotten fooled again.

Brown's opponent is praised as a good legislator by the RPE. He has been a pretty good vote on crime issues and has even sponsored some important legislation. But his name recognition is zip, outside of his home region in the Central Valley. So he has run a negative campaign on Brown. The ads have not told lies but merely have reiterated the record that Brown has amassed over the last 30 years as an elected public official.

In an ideal world Charles Poochigian would be able to explain how he would work as an Attorney General. But in the real world, police unions declare not for the best potential law enforcement official but for the one who supports higher pensions. And papers like the RPE get fooled again.

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