This week’s Field Poll showing President Barack Obama’s regression in the Golden State – his 51 percent approval rating is roughly the same as it was in July; his disapproval has climbed 8 percentage points to 43 percent – underscores the obvious: If you want to lose friends, start by directing them to a busted website.
It also raises this question: Once it’s time for Democrats to move on from Obama (This won’t be easy: Just ask conservatives who still pine away for Ronald Reagan 25 years after he left the stage.), who’s the alternative? Will they automatically fall in line, if not in love, with Hillary Clinton (the irony being that it’s Democrats who accuse Republicans of conformist behavior)? In doing so, are Democrats willing to do away with the party’s time-honored tradition of a presidential selection that thrives on drama and tension?
If it’s a spirited debate that Democrats crave for 2016, here’s a suggestion: Try to convince Jerry Brown to give the presidency one last try.
Not that he’s shown any interest in one last hurrah, just as Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren earlier this week took herself out of the running for 2016 (but not 2020). Brown already has a day job in Sacramento he reportedly likes – and one he likely gets to keep until January 2019.
Then again, Brown returned to that job after a 28-year hiatus. By 2016, it will be nearly a quarter of a century since Brown’s last presidential run (yes, against Hillary’s husband). Besides, the timing couldn’t be better in this regard: America’s presidential nominating process – Democrats pandering to the left; Republicans pandering to the right – could benefit from Brown explaining how a pragmatic approach to governing has worked for California.
So what’s holding back this state’s oldest serving governor from trying to become this nation’s oldest elected president?
Those are five reasons why Jerry Brown makes sense as a presidential candidate. The argument against: the man doesn’t suffer fools gladly. And there’s no greater form of fool-suffering/flagellation than political fundraising, which Brown has been doing a lot of lately.
He doesn’t need the money. But perhaps Jerry Brown feels the need for closure in the form of a fourth and final term in Sacramento – quite a change from the other Jerry Brown, who couldn’t stay away from the presidential campaign trail.