I sure am envious of you folks out in California this election season. I think the race between Meg Whitman (R) and Jerry Brown (D) will be one of the few worth watching, if only because I’d be waiting and hoping for a reporter to ask Brown about this classic from 30 years ago:
“You will jog for the MAS-ter race, and always wear the happy face. . . The hippies won’t come back, you say? Mellow out or you will pay!” Ah, if only Jerry Brown were elected President in 1980. . . (For those of you born either before 1960 or after 1980, that’s the Dead Kennedys, fronted by Jello Biafra, performing “California Über Alles.” I’m assuming that the rest of you Gen X-ers will just play through.)
I don’t know who in their right minds would want to be governor of any state in the union right now. This may be why our Governor’s race is so lackluster here: both Scott McInnis (R) and John Hickenlooper (D) are coming to realize that no matter what, it’s going to be all cut cut cut and delivering bad news and pi$$ing off constituents, at least for one whole term. That’s a job that suits McInnis better, since he’s kind of the Snidely Whiplash of Colorado politics. Hick is not a guy who likes to pi$$ people off or deliver bad news–but that’s what it’s going to be. Whoever wins, he’ll need to borrow a whole truckload of that mellow, California-style smiley-face aura, because he is going to need it.