Tuesday, March 2, 2010

What are the Dems thinking?

If Democrats are optimistic about Jerry Brown's chances of winning the governorship this fall, they are in for a rude awakening.

Most people think of Jerry Brown as the two-term California governor in the late 70s and early 80s.  Less well-known is the number of time he tried -- and failed -- to achieve higher office.

Brown ran for president three times: 1976, 1980, and 1992. He ran for US Senate in 1982 and lost to Pete Wilson.  And his loss to Wilson wasn't even close: 52% to 45%.

In fact, the two regular jobs he has managed to get after leaving the governorship -- Oakland mayor and California Attorney General -- are a few rungs down from the position he left 30 years ago.  In other words, Moonbeam peaked decades ago.

Born April 7, 1938, Jerry Brown will be 72 years old on election day.  That is the same age John McCain was when he lost the 2008 presidential election. 

Now for a photo from the way-back machine... above is a photo of Brown standing with Jimmy Carter taken during the 1976 presidential campaign.

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