Jerry Brown, Republicans, and Truth in Reporting

Brown appears on Face the Nation, calls GOP “reactionary”

by Brian Leubitz

Jerry Brown is not quite on par with Arnold Schwarzenegger on the national pronouncement front. However, he does like to share a view or two with the nation. As Governor of the nation’s most populous state, it seems appropriate that he say a few words about what is going on in DC.  And, as anyone can see, it’s a mess, and Jerry Brown is only saying what is obvious for all to see: (video here)

“I think the Republicans have to move out of that reactionary cul-de-sac that some of the more extreme members are pushing them,” Brown told host Bob Schieffer.

“There’s an enforcement of discipline that’s ideological and, as was mentioned today in The Washington Post, takes on the quality of a cult,” the California governor said.

Brown provided one example of Republican ideology, on immigration. The party largely opposes a path to citizenship for those in the country illegally.

“They’re so hostile to millions and millions of people in this country, and while they can’t vote, they have millions and millions of people who they’re related to or who identify with them. And you just can’t ignore 12 million people, particularly when they’re picking our food, they’re working in the hotels and restaurants, and now they’re increasingly in very important jobs,” Brown said.

But Brown, who is 74 years old and has been in the political realm for more than 40 years, criticized the entire political system, which he calls “more polarized” than he’s ever seen it.(Face The Nation)

On that note, Norm Ornstein and Thomas Mann have a new book, for which they were interviewed on Morning Edition today that essentially calls out the media for trying to play “balanced” over facts. Yes both parties have issues, but one is a more clear and present danger to the long-term stability of the nation.

“One of the two major parties, the Republican Party, has become an insurgent outlier – ideologically extreme; contemptuous of the inherited social and economic policy regime; scornful of compromise; unpersuaded by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition,” they write in their new book, It’s Even Worse Than It Looks.

The media rarely acknowledges this fact, but the radicals in almost every issue today, are the Republicans. On sexual freedom, it is the Republicans who want to limit access to birth control. On regulation of the banks, it is the Republicans who want to return to a reckless capitalism that has now been thoroughly discredited. And on our social safety net, the Republicans want to so decimate it that our homeless populations will continue to spike.

Good on Gov. Brown for calling them out, and as he did so, acknowledging that he isn’t perfect, and that he can’t simply overturn what the GOP has created with their superminority. In our system of democracy, repairing government takes time. In many ways, it is unfortunate, but you work with the government you’ve got, I suppose.

Over at CapAlert, find a 1979 interview with a much younger Gov. Jerry Brown. Also, Mayor Villaraigosa also appeared in the full episode video here discussing the national political environment.