Wednesday, June 9, 2010

California Über Alles

One of the great California punk anthems of all time, The Dead Kennedys, "California Über Alles." (Lyrics here.)
The hippies won't come back you say
Mellow out or you will pay

The obvious reference is to former Governor Jerry Brown's nomination last night as the Democratic Party's candidate for governor in 2010. Commenting on the "Fairness Doctrine" in February, Brown, who is currently Attorney General, remarked that, "Well, a little state control wouldn't hurt anybody." (Listen here.)

Brown served previously as California Governor from 1975–1983, prior to the establishment of
a two-term limit in 1990. Hence, "Jerry Brown wins Democratic nomination, makes third run for California governor."

Brown runs neck-and-neck in matchups against GOP nominee Meg Whitman (
here and here). The Los Angeles Times has an analysis, "Whitman on the right, Brown on the left, voters in the middle." But see Thomas Del Beccaro, at Big Government, "The Top 7 Reasons Meg Whitman Will Beat Jerry Brown."

(And for me, while this is likely not a "Democratic year," Whitman's biggest asset is money --- almost too much money, amazingly.)