Advancing a Free Society

OK, Meg or Jerry, you’ve won: Now what?

Monday, November 1, 2010

Such is the fluid nature of campaigns and elections that the morning after California chooses its next chief executive, the conversation will shift from a historic victory obtained to what our soon-to-be oldest or first female governor intends to do with this bag-of-rocks office won two nights after trick-or-treating.

Personally, I think that talk needs to begin even sooner – around 10 or 11 p.m. Election Night – when the governor-elect gazes down on a roomful of giddy partisans, then gazes directly into a bank of television cameras and utters the cliché: "Tonight the people have spoken, and here's what they said … "

If he or she cares to be honest: " … they disliked me less than they disliked my opponent."

Continue reading Bill Whalen in the Sacramento Bee