CALIFORNIA: Gov. Jerry Brown Endorses Hillary

California Gov. Jerry Brown this morning issued an “open letter to Democrats, Republicans, and Independents.” He writes:

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.

I have closely watched the primaries and am deeply impressed with how well Bernie Sanders has done. He has driven home the message that the top one percent has unfairly captured way too much of America’s wealth, leaving the majority of people far behind. In 1992, I attempted a similar campaign.

For her part, Hillary Clinton has convincingly made the case that she knows how to get things done and has the tenacity and skill to advance the Democratic agenda. Voters have responded by giving her approximately 3 million more votes – and hundreds more delegates – than Sanders. If Clinton were to win only 10 percent of the remaining delegates – wildly improbable – she would still exceed the number needed for the nomination. In other words, Clinton’s lead is insurmountable and Democrats have shown – by millions of votes – that they want her as their nominee.

But there is more at stake than mere numbers. The Republican nominee, Donald Trump, has called climate change a “hoax” and said he will tear up the Paris Climate Agreement. He has promised to deport millions of immigrants and ominously suggested that other countries may need the nuclear bomb. He has also pledged to pack the Supreme Court with only those who please the extreme right.

The stakes couldn’t be higher. Our country faces an existential threat from climate change and the spread of nuclear weapons. A new cold war is on the horizon. This is no time for Democrats to keep fighting each other. The general election has already begun. Hillary Clinton, with her long experience, especially as Secretary of State, has a firm grasp of the issues and will be prepared to lead our country on day one.

Next January, I want to be sure that it is Hillary Clinton who takes the oath of office, not Donald Trump.

California’s primary is one week from today.

  • Blake Mason

    Ooh chile… Sanders is going to be pissed.

    • Essus

      Not as pissed as old lady Hillary. Look I too can be ageist =P.

      • Blake Mason

        It was more a commentary on his curmudgeonly appearance.

        • Traxley Launderette

          Which does nothing for his public appeal, I think. It was endearing at first, now it’s become a caricature.

      • Sk3ptic

        I see what you did there–a non sequitur to prove that dementia is incorrectly associated with increased age! Because why would old lady Hillary be pissed about getting Brown’s endorsement?

    • Reality.Bites

      This just in… Vermont announces maple syrup embargo of California.

  • hiker_sf

    I love Jerry Brown. And even though we disagree about who would be better for POTUS and a few other things, I’d still vote for him again and again and again.

    And FYI, Californians consumes less electricity per capita than any people in other state. Our per captia use of electricity is just about the same as it was in the 1970s, even though our population has doubled since then.

    This is due to policies, many of which Brown supported or enacted.

    • Marides48

      Yea we do but we have more house fires per capita due to unattended scented candles.

      • hiker_sf

        And sunburn.

      • hudson11

        omg, lol ! hubby is going to go that route someday, i just know it. he loves him some candles.

    • Reality.Bites

      Per capita means per person. Therefore population increase is not relevant.

      • hiker_sf

        Yes, I know. But we’ve kept it low over time, and during that time our reliance upon electrical devices has rapidly increased. And we did this by government mandates, such as the ‘energy star’ and other programs that originated in California and having to go to court, even suing the EPA, when they tried to negate California’s laws.

    • Dot Beech

      The US Energy Information Administration reports that New York has the best record in the nation, using the least amount of energy, per capita. And New York has to contend with severe winters.

      If California’s per capita use of electricity is just about the same as it was in the 1970’s, then it is time to revise those old policies. Not nearly enough Californians are plugging in their cars.

      • hiker_sf

        Energy per capita electricity per capita.

    • tcinsf

      Yeah, it’s also due to the fact that it doesn’t get that cold during the winter, and nobody on the coast (where most of us live) needs A/C like they do in great swaths of the Country

    • Ray Taylor

      Brown was governor while I lived in SF. I wouldn’t mind him being VP even though he is 78. After his term he had an office in the firm I worked for. Very nice and capable man

  • Michael Smith

    Brown easily won reelection without running much of a campaign, This is a big deal for Hillary.

    • And the Bernie stans are going *apeshit* over this, too.

      • timncguy

        just like they attacked Elizabeth Warren when she didn’t endorse for MA

      • Circle Thomas

        I saw their comments on Twitter, and they are unreal. The guy endorsed the other candidate; from the way they’re writing, you’d think he raped their dogs.

        • Reality.Bites

          I thought that was more of a Bernie thing. (Sarcastic comment inspired by the animal rights activists, not that I believe for a minute Bernie is an animal abuser)

        • timncguy

          don’t you remember how they went after Elizabeth Warren when she didn’t endorse anyone going into MA primary?

          • JK3

            She still gets 10-20 angry tweets every time she tweets.

          • danolgb

            Al Franken can’t post on Facebook without one of them attacking him.

  • Sam_Handwich

    oh no, another super delegate has succumbed to vicious blows to the head from Hillary’s massive cankle!

    it’s rigged, i tells ya! RIGGED!

  • bkmn

    Much better than getting an endorsement from Kim Jong Un.

    • Reality.Bites

      You know I don’t like criticizing the Democratic candidates, but did Hillary or Bernie even try to get his endorsement? No, those lazy idiots just conceded it to Trump.

      Frankly I don’t see why either of them deserve my vote.

      • Traxley Launderette

        BUT THEY’RE ALL THE SAME!!!

        (wait for it)

        • NOOOOOOOOOOOOO don’t invoke it!

          • Gene

            its like Herpes….it may go away, but, it WILL show up again.
            (sigh)

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      • tst

        So pro-jail the gays Trump SCOTUS deserves your vote?

        • Sarcasm… learn it. And don’t be such an ass this early in the week.

        • Reality.Bites

          Wow, you’re as stupid as you are obnoxious.

    • saucetin

      Kim Jong-Don + Veep Dennis Rodman

      • Treant

        King Dong None.

        • DrWilmaBabyliv

          Wrong Dong Yawn.

    • Gustav2

      Fellow Socialist Bernie Sanders got an endorsement from Kim Jong Un?

      It’s a joke!

      • Ray Taylor

        Edit Trump got it. not Sanders.

        • Gustav2

          I know.

    • Jerry

      Endorsement from communist CA governor = endorsement from N Korea communist dictator. (I’m still trying to get that writing gig at World Nut Daily).

  • Brian

    A succinct and timely endorsement.

    “I believe this is the only path forward to win the presidency and stop the dangerous candidacy of Donald Trump.”
    Amen.

  • WebSlinger
  • Ernest Endevor
    • Traxley Launderette

      *cue the SHILL shriekers*

  • Get Real

    Clungeflaps is stewing now in San Francisco…

    • Reality.Bites

      As long as he’s suffering in silence, I’m good.

    • Sk3ptic

      It’s really just too early to think about stewed clungeflaps…

      • Traxley Launderette

        It’s always too early.

        • He’s probably gonna show up now, y’all know.

          • Traxley Launderette

            If not him, then “justmeeeee” will.

            I think they’re related.

          • Reality.Bites

            justmeeee is a long-time participant here and is far left. ClungeFlaps, despite protestations of being on the left, uses the rhetoric of the right.

          • Traxley Launderette

            Thanks. I stand corrected. I must have missed his earlier posts.

          • Reality.Bites

            He’s not a daily contributor like most of us, but he’s been around a long time. Or maybe it just FEELS like a long time. 😉 But either way, he definitely predates the election campaign.

          • Reality.Bites

            I don’t think so. He has either been banned, given up commenting, or morphed into a new persona with a different personality.

          • Oh thank goodness. I’m actually kind of curious what one has to do to get banned here. Joe is very tolerant.

          • Reality.Bites

            To the best of my knowledge, Joe (unlike a lot of moderators) doesn’t draw any attention to bans. And I think that’s a good policy. To announce “I’ve just banned so-and-so” both unleashes a lot of attention, which is what trolls want, but also leads to the uncomfortable situation of people being talked about disparagingly at length without the ability to defend themselves.

            I can offhand think of two people who I am pretty sure were banned – one was borderline stalking people here, and the other was basically spamming for their youtube channel – posting a comment on posts that was really a long post about their video, and never, ever replying to any comments.

            Right wing nut jobs show up from time to time and disappear soon afterwards. I have no idea if Joe bans them or if they simply get bored.

            I just wish Joe and other moderators had a workable defense against those people’s sister’s cousins and their expensive cars! I just don’t get it – these people are all housebound anyway, judging by the work they do. What do they need with cars? 😉

          • TimCA

            There was a forum participant with the name, something like iban4???? . His avatar was a chocolate lab. Do you remember him? He was definitely banned as I saw him comment to someone else on another blog site that he was banned from JMG

          • TuuxKabin

            IF he’s still around I think he morphed into tsk, or one of the ‘guest’ avatars. Same persistence. Doesn’t let go for nuttin’ honay.

      • Treant

        Perhaps in a nice vinegar douche sauce?

        • TuuxKabin

          no.

      • cleos_mom

        “In some cultures they’re a delicacy”.

    • tcinsf

      It’s here? Are you sure about that?

  • A new Stanford poll just out shows Hillary up 13% over Bernie (51 to 38). This is midway between two other recent polls issued one week ago – an 18% lead projects by Survey USA, and a 2% lead projected by PPIC which Nate Silver’s outfit does not attach much credibility to in their ratings of pollsters based on prior performance.

    • Treant

      Yeah, so far absolutely zero polls have Sanders winning CA…and zero polls have him winning by the +40 he’d require to come close in terms of pledged delegates.

      We should point out that California never swings +40 in any direction. It’s just too large and too diverse.

      • Brian

        In most all of the polls Bernie’s % really never swings much, right around 39% consistently. We’ll see if the millions Bernie is spending in CA makes a dent in that. I kind of doubt it. But way to go, putting $$ in California media interest’s pockets. 🙂

        • Reality.Bites

          I thought he wasn’t spending much in California?

          • Brian

            I heard a couple news blips over the weekend that indicated his team has made a large buy in the last few days. I took it at face value and didn’t follow up.

          • timncguy

            news says he’s outspending her 2 to 1 in CA

          • Ninja0980

            And burning through whatever money he has left.

          • Ross

            At the beginning of May, Bernie had but $5.8M.

            Hillary had $30M.

            Bernie has burned through almost $202 million.

          • TheSeer

            Imagine how much weed one can buy with $202 million. Bernie deserves a medal for reducing the use of weed among college students.

          • tcinsf

            FYI, I usually fast forward through commercials on my DVR, but I still see the content. There have been FAR more ads for Jane Kim, who’s running for the Assembly, than anything else.
            Apparently, she’s quite good at Tae Kwon Do.

          • Reality.Bites

            I guess that’s why animal rights activists are leaving her alone!

          • Daisy

            I haven’t seen ANY ads for Sanders, which is odd, as he’s supposed to be targeting my area of the state. I guess he’s figuring the rallies will do that.

          • Grimes

            Odd, his was the first I saw. In LA the first political ad we saw was one for Bernie, have now seen his maybe 3 times, Hillary’s twice.

            Totally agree about his rallies, they are getting (seemingly) far more publicity than any of hers are).

          • Daisy

            It’s really interesting seeing how the different areas vary. I haven’t seen any ads for Clinton either, but Bill was here about a week ago, so there’s that.

          • Grimes

            What part of the state?

            Given how big our state is they will target an area they think will give them a boost from those ads

          • Daisy

            The southern portion of the Central Valley. Which probably explains most of it, honestly.

          • TimCA

            I haven’t seen any ads for either Sanders nor Clinton in the San Diego media market. Of course I don’t watch much TV so perhaps I may have missed them if they are advertising very lightly. But I’ve heard nothing on radio either (talk radio, contemporary pop, top 40)

          • cleos_mom

            I saw ads for both Sanders and Clinton a few months ago; was impressed by both of them but haven’t seen any ads in our market since.

        • Treant

          Hey, the media needs luvin’, too. What with a semi-open primary and all, I find the Clinton +15 or greater results to be a bit out of line. We’ll see, but I’m thinking Clinton +3 to Clinton +5.

          • Brian

            It will be an interesting one to analyze when it’s over. It looks to me like people are bouncing between undecided and Clinton, not buying Bernie enough to even commit in a poll. And given that most late in the game undecided voters tend to break for the known quantity … well, it’ll be fun! 🙂

          • timncguy

            I saw polling data that showed Clinton with a HUGE lead among those who voted early

          • Ninja0980

            I’m guessing it will be among 7-9%.
            Slightly lower then last time but not by much.

          • Reality.Bites

            Well keep in mind that polls are responded to by informed voters, uninformed voters and non-voters.

            In a general election, anyone registered to vote can vote for whoever they want. In a primary it’s not that easy – we’ve heard that a fair number of people who think they’re registered as independents are actually registered to the American Independent Party and can’t vote in the Democratic Party. Is that a factor that will impact the outcome? We’ll see, I guess.

          • Yes. Hillary should win among registered Democrats by at least 15 points. Independent voters in California have a good penchant for tactical voting. Many who support Trump will be voting for Sanders. I would not be surprised if exit polling shows that over 40% of the Sanders vote will support Trump even if Sanders were to win the nomination — the same that we saw in West Virginia. I used to think open primaries were a good idea, I am now dead set against them, since they give tactical voters too much of an opportunity to cause mischief in parties who they oppose.

        • I read that the Sanders campaign was down to $6 million cash on hand at the beginning of Mayl and that he had little money left for ad spending — even though they were taking in the same amount from donations as the Clinton Campaign. Much of that money (and I am not being snarky) has to pay for preset costs including Tad Devin’s consulting charge of $700,000 per month.

      • danolgb

        Zero polls have him winning, but when he loses there will still be cries that it was stolen from him. 🙂

      • dr morbius

        Also, your November vote in CA is totally insignificant, because if the Screaming Yam appears to have any shot at winning it, that means he will have a nationwide landslide. Same as NY, MA, etc.

    • People — one more thing. I do not like to self-promote my own blog, here, I think it is tacky, but I wrote an article (somewhat snarky) called “This Is How Donald Trump Becomes The Next President of the United States – An Imaginary Timeline of Events” You can catch it here: http://eddipredicts.blogspot.com/2016/05/this-is-how-donald-trump-becomes-next.html

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      We’ll see what happens. Where I live in the desert, I have only seen two Bernie bumper stickers and one was on a car with out-of-state plates. Hillary stickers are plentiful. But I expect Sanders will do better in the Bay Area than in SoCal.

      BTW. I haven’t seen one single Trump anything anywhere, but it is Palm Springs so I wouldn’t expect to see any.

  • timncguy

    let the calls of sellout & traitor begin….

  • thom

    it feels like this is an endorsement that could actually matter. brown comes from the same political branding that sanders does. and he had a bitter primary with a Clinton.

    • hiker_sf

      Not quite. While I adore Brown, his allowing fracking is one of many issues I have with him.

      • thom

        of course not exactly the same. not everyone is going to see eye to eye on every issue. but sanders seems a more natural fit for brown.

      • tcinsf

        You can have an issue with EVERY politician. Nobody is going to match my or your issues 1 to 1.
        But, c’mon, he’s actually managing the State, and after the clowns we’ve had in their lately (yeah, Ahnold, I’m talking to you…..)

        • hiker_sf

          I’d gladly vote for him again. I was responding to the idea that he is more aligned with Sanders.

          I’ve actually met with him a few times. He is an inspiring man.

    • Jerry Brown has a long and sorted history with the left in CA.

      • Traxley Launderette

        *sordid

        FTFY

      • Yes, if by “sorted” you meant “sordid” and really meant “elected governor four times, attorney general once, and mayor of Oakland twice.”

        • Tigernan Quinn

          Oh my gosh, how big a boner did you get from correcting somebody? Was it worth it?

          • I had to scoot all the way up against my desk so as not to scare my co-workers. So worth it.

          • Reality.Bites

            Would you mind scaring us here, just a little?

          • tcinsf

            Heimaey needs to be corrected when he spews his bullshit.

          • Reality.Bites

            Considering how much of your time here you spend castigating others for not posting about the things you think they should, you’re in a better position than most to answer your own question.

        • dr morbius

          CALIFORNUIA
          UBER ALLES
          CALIFORNIA UUUUUUUUBER ALLES

        • Yeah I did mean sordid.

        • Ray Taylor

          And his father, Pat Brown, was also governor twice before Reagan.

      • thom

        lol… im pretty sure any politician would have a long and sordid history with the left in CA. not judging, just sayin.
        Barbara boxer is a $hill, pelosi is too establishment, fienstein isn’t progressive enough, brown supports fracking, bernie doesn’t view animal rights as important enough, obama is a moderate warmongerer, clinton is straight up teaparty republican

  • saucetin

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=eIqESwzCGg4 I AM GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN

    MY AURA SMILES AND NEVER FROWNS

    • I thought of this too. Luckily he won’t be president.

  • Salton

    Very sensible open letter. As we say in French, Jerrry a les pieds sur terre!

  • Traxley Launderette

    And BOOM.

  • Tigernan Quinn

    Can’t say it any plainer than that.

  • Ninja0980

    Just another corporate shill right?

  • Treant
    • This is coming from the Washington Examiner? Oh, man, that’s hilarious.

      And color me totally unsurprised. His business enterprises are a total financial sham, so why would anyone expect his campaign to be any different?

      • Also, it really won’t matter since the RNC and SuperPACs will fill in the gap.

        • Treant

          Oh, they will, but the fact that the presumptive nominee can’t raise any cash is rather funny. 🙂

          • Cuberly

            Wasn’t that the selling point though? No need to emphasise raising campaign cash cuz free hourly MSM appearances and twittering do the work for him?

        • SoCalGal20

          Money they’re throwing at his campaign is money they’re not spending on Congressional campaigns. 🙂

          The Donald supposedly has a bunch of fundraisers scheduled. His first one was 5/25 but I never heard how it went.

  • Lawerence Collins

    I remember Brown from his first time around as Governor. That Jerry Brown wouldn’t recognize this current concoction at all. I wonder how much Billary paid for this endorsement?!
    This reeks!!

    • thom

      lol
      $hill.
      god forbid he saw the numbers, saw who’s going to win. and god forbid he wants Hillary over trump.
      but no, it couldn’t be rational thinking. obviously he was paid off

      • Lawerence Collins

        Linda Ronstadt era Jerry Brown would’ve never backed Hillary. Never.. I still like Brown. But he’s definitely moved way more to the right then he used to be.
        This era Brown let a methane leak go on for months before doing anything about it. Do you know his history?

    • Hip Byroads

      The state government wing of the Democratic machine would have certainly cut off the money flow and support to him, so this makes good sense, from a purely politician’s point of view, I would suppose.

    • Reality.Bites

      You should be grateful. In real life his endorsement will change little, especially considering the large numbers who’ve already voted, but now you have a scapegoat to blame for Bernie’s loss.

      • cleos_mom

        But some stamping, projectile vomiting and holding one’s breath until one’s face turns…. another color is to be expected from certain quarters at this point.

    • Jimmie Z

      It depends upon how one spells, “💳 💸PAYOLA💰 💵 “⁉

  • thom

    also today the nrdc action fund made its first ever presidential endorsement, for clinton.
    they are a major environmental group and made their unprecedented endorsement because the risk from trump is too great.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/05/31/major-environmental-group-makes-first-ever-endorsement-of-hillary-clinton/?postshare=1091464705094362&tid=ss_tw

    • Ross

      Clinton’s environmental plans are quite impressive. And doable.

  • Cuberly

    This is going to be a long week. 🙁

  • Jimmie Z

    If one picture is worth 1,000 words, what about ⁂three⁂⁉

    • Ross

      No one doubts that Bernie attracts a LOT of people to his $$$$$ rallies.

      But Hillary attracts more voters. Way more.

      • JK3

        That and I’ll never understand why Bernie Stans are so quick to point to largely white rallies in very diverse cities. Oakland is 34~% white, if you think a large white rally means you are going to win there, you are sadly mistaken.

      • Jimmie Z

        his $$$$$ rallies

        Oh! You must mean like President Obama referred to the
        “new fresh face of the Democratic party”?

        • Ross

          Are you drunk?

          By $$$$$ rallies, I mean how much money the rallies cost the Sanders campaign. Each is reported to cost $1M.

          By way of contrast, Clinton is more wisely spending campaign money on direct outreach. And this has translated in getting 3 million more votes than Sanders.

          • danolgb

            Yep.. Bernie stands at a podium and talks at people. Hillary has many small events and talks with people.

          • yowsuh123

            Ahem. Bernie yells at people.

        • joe ho

          lol.

          and Obama said our next president would be a “she”.

          is Bernie considering a sex change or has he changed his gender identity?

      • Jimmie Z

        Hillz appears to attract a lot more #ElectionFraud!

        • Ross

          …and your proof?

          Come on, show us the proof.

        • danolgb

          1) When you have a call to order at a certain time, you’re supposed to allow yourself time to get there in time for the call to order.
          2) It wasn’t a rule change. It was approving the rules drafted by the rules committee that had equal representation from both campaigns.
          3) Hillary had more delegates there.

        • Jean-Marc in Canada

          Citations/Links, please.

      • cleos_mom

        Every major POTUS candidate in living memory has drawn large crowds. People take them literally.

    • yowsuh123

      So 50,000-60,000 people turn out for a Sanders rally. That doesn’t compare to the 3 million people who have cast their vote for Hillary Clinton.

  • karen in kalifornia

    I voted for Brown in the 1992 California primary. I’ve voted for Moonbeam Gov every chance I’ve gotten.

    • Octavio

      Rather interesting how Moonbeam’s radical beliefs are now mainstream. I think we can cut him some slack and no longer call him by his pet name from the conservative warmongering neotards.

      Thanks Jerry.

  • JK3

    How long until phase 2? You know, when the Bernie Fans go scorched earth on a beloved politician as if that will somehow help their cause.

  • The endorsement couldn’t have come from a finer or more respected Governor. We love this guy in California.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      Jerry Brown has had the greatest second act in American politics, in my lifetime at least. He has really cleaned up the economic and other messes Aaaahnold left very nicely.

  • danolgb

    Gov Brown turned around the mess left by the celebrity Governor. He’s one to listen to.

  • drtrmiller

    If Brown had endorsed Sanders, the top comment here would go something like:

    “Failed presidential candidate endorses failed presidential candidate.”

  • 2patricius2

    The best debate I ever saw was the one between Bill Clinton and Jerry Brown on the Phil Donahue show back in 1992. He introduced the two candidates (who were seated at a table if I recall correctly), and just let them talk without interruption. It was a very civilized discussion between the two candidates. Very enlightening.

  • Gary Ortega

    Those who frack together stay together….lemmings…off the cliff they go,,,,,

  • TheSeer

    “This is no time for Democrats to keep fighting each other.”

    Sanders is not a Democrat.

    • Gianni

      That said, he also has no real loyalty to the Dem party. Why should he concern himself about screwing them over? Seems he’s doing his best to do that.

  • JCF

    My Gov, My future President.

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