Although four-term California Gov. Jerry Brown and former President Bill Clinton had an acrimonious battle for the White House in 1992 (see above), today Brown endorsed Billary Clinton in next week’s California presidential primary election. “On Tuesday, June 7, I have decided to cast my vote for Hillary Clinton because I believe this is the only path forward to win the presidency and stop the dangerous candidacy of Donald Trump” is the first paragraph of Brown’s endorsement screed, which apparently isn’t nearly a ringing endorsement of Billary as an individual as much as it is an expression of horror over a President Trump.
Democratic California Gov. Jerry Brown belatedly and unfortunately today endorsed Billary Clinton over Bernie Sanders in California’s presidential primary election that takes place a week from today and in which 475 pledged delegates, more than in any other state, are at stake.
Brown apparently isn’t too excited over Billary, given the fact that he waited a week before the primary election to give her his endorsement. More than half of Californian voters these days vote by mail, and voting by mail for the June 7 primary election began in the state on May 9. Millions of ballots (including that of yours truly, marked for Bernie Sanders) already had been mailed before Brown’s belated endorsement.
I had fully expected DINO/Repugnican-Lite Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who at age 82 is quite fossilized* and should have stepped down years ago, to support Billary. The multi-millionaire Feinstein, after all, in 2002 voted along with Billary for the illegitimate “President” George W. Bush regime’s illegitimate Vietraq War, from which her multi-millionaire husband profited hugely.
Many years ago I stopped voting for the self-serving, treasonous Feinstein, who stopped representing the best interests of the common Californian many years ago. So the fossilized Feinstein’s endorsement of Billary, steeped in their shared center-right/Repugnican-Lite/pro-plutocratic/pro-war ideology and in their man-hating “feminism,” came as zero surprise.
Sen. Barbara Boxer’s having swilled the Clinton Kool-Aid was, however, a disappointment. That the-once-fairly-great Boxer (who, among other things, voted against the Vietraq War and heroically stood up against the voting irregularities in Ohio in 2004 [she was the only U.S. senator who did so]) actually recently claimed, probably falsely and thus slanderously, that she actually felt concerned for her physical safety at the recent intra-party fracas in Las Vegas, at which no, no chair was actually thrown (it was just a lot of yelling), has been a disappointing and pathetic end to her once-progressive career.
Thankfully, Boxer, who is 75, is retiring from the Senate in January. (Unfortunately, her likely successor, the 51-year-old California Attorney General Kamala Harris, is a Billarybot, too. [I voted for Harris on the primary ballot primarily because the No. 2 challenger for the retiring Boxer’s seat, U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez, is an incredible train wreck whom I really don’t want to see in the Senate. We Californians could use a Latino or Latina U.S. senator, but not Loretta Sanchez.])
I’m hoping that Feinstein, whose current term ends in January 2019, finally leaves the stage and allows someone who can and will represent the average Californian much better than she can to take over the role.
Jerry Brown can’t run for governor again; he is termed out as of January 2019, and I don’t see the 78-year-old Brown running for a big political office again, so it’s not like he had to worry about any political blowback from his belated endorsement of Billary, but I’m disappointed in Brown like I’m disappointed in Boxer.
It’s true that Brown’s third and fourth terms as governor of California (he’s currently in his fourth and final term**) have demonstrated that he stopped being “Governor Moonbeam” many moons ago, as his third and fourth terms have been sensible and moderate and fiscally restrained. Indeed, he reversed Repugnican former Gov. Arnold “Baby Daddy” Schwarzenegger’s state budget deficit and created a state budget surplus in no time.
I voted for Brown in 2010 and in 2014, and I don’t regret my votes for him; he’s been a solid, if not exactly an exciting, governor. (Indeed, in 2010 I was hoping for Governor Moonbeam 2.0, as I wasn’t in California for version 1.0 and would have been too young to enjoy it anyway, but alas, no moonbeams at all this second time around for Brown.)
But until his very recent endorsement of Billary for the presidency, Brown had been silent on the matter of Billary vs. Bernie, and it’s just too bad that he publicly went for Billary, even belatedly. I was hoping that he wasn’t going to tip his hand (as a super-delegate) until the party convention in late July.
Billary Clinton is the candidate of old people and of rich people (and of old, rich people) and of people who have given up on hoping for an actual Democrat in the White House. (After President Barack Obama’s switcheroo, yes, indeed, I can’t blame anyone for giving up on hope and change, but we can’t allow Caretaker in Chief Obama’s disappointing presidency to induce us to give up on pushing the progressive agenda; we have to keep fighting.)
The bright spot about Jerry Brown, Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein all having endorsed Billary Clinton is that, well, they’re old. They don’t represent the future, but the past. Brown in January 2019 is likely to be succeeded by the current Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is 48 years old and fairly progressive (recall that as mayor of San Francisco he created a stir when he allowed same-sex marriages there in early 2004), and again, Boxer this coming January is likely to be succeeded by the 51-year-old Kamala Harris (who, among other things, as state attorney general refused to defend Proposition Hate in court, citing its unconstitutionality [which the U.S. Supreme Court finally did, too, less than a full year ago in Obergefell vs. Hodges], and legally successfully refused to allow an insane hater’s “Sodomite Suppression Act,” which called for the murder of non-heterosexuals, to advance to the statewide ballot).
So with Brown’s and Boxer’s impending exits, that’s two down and one fossil to go.
What Bernie Sanders represents, after all, is the face of the future. That future is coming, whether Bernie ever makes it to the White House or not.
My vote for Bernie earlier this month is one of the best votes of my life, if not the best.
P.S. Brown’s complete statement of endorsement of Billary is here.
It’s odd, because in it he talks about how important it is to stop Donald Trump, yet here are the latest polling averages:
Real Clear Politics:
Bernie vs. Trump: Sanders up by 10.8 percent
Billary vs. Trump: Clinton up by 1 percent
Huffington Post’s Pollster:
Bernie vs. Trump: Bernie up by 11.3 percent
Billary vs. Trump: Clinton up by 1.9 percent
Uh, I know that Jerry Brown can do math — he did, after all, turn around the state’s economy — so it strikes me that his endorsement of Billary really only can be explained by pressure from within the bu$ine$$-a$-u$ual Democratic Party establishment to jump on board the Clinton Train already.
Again, it’s disappointing that Brown fell to that pressure, perhaps especially since that train’s probably going to derail in November.
*I’m actually not ageist. If someone still can function in an important public capacity at an advanced age (such as can Bernie Sanders), then more power to him or to her.
From her video-recorded appearances, Feinstein, who is the oldest U.S. senator (although five other U.S. senators also are age 80 or older), seems to have lost her mental acuity, to put it diplomatically, and given that and given the fact that she cares only about her fellow millionaires, I really, really wish that she’d find her way to the fucking door.
(Bernie, in case you were wondering, is the 14th oldest U.S. senator. Boxer is the 13th oldest, and the youngest U.S. Senator is just a baby, at age 39. [Unfortunately, he’s a Repugnican, so he might end up spending decades in the Senate, causing harm to the nation.])
**Brown’s first two terms were in the 1970s and 1980s. The office of the governor wasn’t limited to two terms until after he had served his first two terms, and so legally he was grandfathered (ha ha) and thus he was able to serve his third and fourth terms.