New Podcast with Hayward
Posted in Elections by Peter W. Schramm
I just completed a podcast with Steve Hayward
this morning. It's relatively short (a bit over 15 minutes) and serves as a good summary of what's going on and what is likely to happen tomorrow. Steve also shares his thoughts on possible consequences of the election including his assertion that Jerry Brown may challenge President Obama in the Democratic primaries of 2012.
12:38 PM / November 1, 2010
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That is an ingenious bit of political prognostication, and I cannot believe Hayward didn't share this with Mathis and me the other day. As we know, it's only going to take a couple of months for Brown to resolve California's budget crisis, with its paltry $20 billion structural deficit. It's a simply a matter of getting voters to approve a massive tax hike or letting AB 32 take its course, or both... or neither! No matter what happens, it stands to reason that Jerry will have little to do come July, which will afford him plenty of time to visit Iowa and New Hampshire to built the necessary momentum.
I've been saying it feels like 1978 all over again. Maybe 2012 is shaping up to be 1992 redux.
Is it too early to start drinking?
It's never too early to start drinking during election season. Got to stay in practice.
The rest of the country does not take Jerry Brown seriously and wonders why California does.
I have a quibble with something in the podcast. I listened to it while deleting email from various political groups and while reading (really unnecessary) exhortations from friends to go vote tomorrow. They all contain phrases like, "Vote your values" or "Stop the cultural decay" or "Vote pro-life, vote for_________" fill in the blank the Republican candidate or Tea Party candidate. Social concerns are one step down. Conservative candidates are presumed to have conservative social values by everyone who is writing to me.
Are they wrong?
Please, please Jerry Brown run for President in 2012 - go to DC and get the h e double toothpicks out of California were you have done enough damage.
I can foresee Jerry Brown looking to the Federal government to relieve his state's massive debt. He'll have a friend in the White House; enemies on Capitol Hill. He'll push it, Obama will push it, and the usual leftist interests who now run the Democratic Party will push it. Loud protestations from Republicans, the Tea Party and the working class will produce a hatred of all things Californian.
The rest of the country thinks Jerry Brown is a clown; they will come to think of him as an evil clown. Sarah Palin will look sensible in comparison with Californians.
There is my anti-Hayward "Jerry Brown runs for Prez" prognostication.
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