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  • Willie Brown: Hillary Clinton 'Is Going to Lose'

    11/09/2014 5:32:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Breitbart California ^ | November 9, 2014 | Joel B. Pollak
    Veteran California politician Willie Brown has warned this weekend that presumptive Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton "is going to lose" in 2016 "[u]nless there are some serious readjustments to the Democratic operation." Brown made his remarks in his regular column in the San Francisco Chronicle, as he attempted to draw lessons from his party's stunning nationwide losses in the midterm elections. "Everybody keeps asking me, “Why did this happen?’" Brown wrote. "Beats me. When it came to the elections, I was a dreamer who thought the Democrats were going to retain the Senate. Instead, we got walloped." Brown suggested...
  • Willie Brown Bridge Is Falling Down

    09/10/2013 10:19:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | September 10, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    Will the California Legislature point a giant middle finger at Bay Area commuters by naming the western span of the Bay Bridge after San Francisco Chronicle columnist Willie Brown even though, as San Francisco's mayor, Brown unconscionably delayed reconstruction of the seismically challenged eastern span and helped drive the project's cost from $1.5 billion to $6.4 billion? Will Sacramento name a bridge after a politician whose antics risked the public safety of his constituents? In June, Assemblyman Isadore Hall III introduced a resolution to name the western span the Willie L. Brown, Jr. Bridge "to honor and commemorate his many...
  • Willie Brown Jr. Academy razed (one of the worst 188 schools in the state)

    09/04/2012 2:00:47 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies ^ | 9/4/12 | Jill Tucker
    What had been one of the lowest-performing, under-enrolled schools in San Francisco was little more than a pile of rubble as workers demolished Willie Brown Jr. Academy in the city's Bayview neighborhood. Loud hydraulic excavators bit off pieces of the few remaining walls still standing last week at the school, which served about 160 students in grades four through eight until June 2011. With blue sky visible above and gaping holes nearby, a paper sign directed visitors to the now-nonexistent counseling office. Soon, the tons of mangled rebar and concrete chunks will be carted off for recycling and the 4-acre...
  • Eastwood's act caught GOP off guard

    09/02/2012 5:13:21 PM PDT · by thecodont · 38 replies
    Clint, did you ever make my day. The two biggest names to show up at the Republican convention were Isaac, whose winds thankfully shortened the giant infomercial, and Clint Eastwood, who stole the show on closing night. Republicans were looking for a big name to get big attention, but, as they say, be careful what you ask for. You recall that Clint did that great commercial for Detroit that aired during the Super Bowl. So the GOP thought, hey, let's do it live, on prime time. What they forgot was that Clint is an actor and that the commercial was...
  • Eastwood's act caught GOP off guard

    09/02/2012 4:55:41 PM PDT · by DFG · 48 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 09/02/12 | Willie Brown
    As for the Democratic National Convention, it will be the first one I skip since 1960. Let's be honest: It has no mystery, no fights, and it's in Charlotte, N.C., which is about as far off the beaten path - or easy airplane connections - as you can get. And when you get there, there is no shopping. The only thing to buy is bootleg booze.
  • Jim Jones’ Sinister Grip on San Francisco (Peoples Temple Cult Leader Ensnared Harvey Milk, Dems)

    05/06/2012 1:34:50 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 71 replies ^ | Tuesday, May 1, 2012 | David Talbot
    Jim Jones’ sinister grip on San Francisco How the Peoples Temple cult leader ensnared Harvey Milk and other progressive icons “Season of the Witch,” the new book by Salon founder David Talbot, tells the story of the wild and bloody birth of “San Francisco values.” The following excerpt – Part 1 in a three-part series -- recounts one of the darker dramas before the ultimate triumph of those values. Jim Jones, the strange and charismatic leader of Peoples Temple, proved a master at politically wiring San Francisco in the mid-1970s. The driven preacher had begun his climb up the political...
  • The final deal-killer for California’s high-speed rail

    04/30/2012 10:32:40 AM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 5 replies
    For the sake of argument, let’s concede the high-speed rail will cost only $68 billion as most recently advertised. Of course, it will cost far more, probably even more than the $98 billion to $117 billion previously estimated, and certainly nowhere close to the $33 billion originally estimated. But let’s give them that. For the sake of argument. And let’s concede, for the sake of argument . . .
  • Feinstein headed for smooth ride to re-election

    04/08/2012 5:58:33 AM PDT · by SmithL · 21 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/8/12 | Willie Brown
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein was in town this week to help celebrate Muni's 100th birthday. She looked good. Nice, tan suit and fit as a fiddle. After talking with her and taking a look at the state's political landscape, I'm of the opinion that her re-election will be as smooth as a Sunday trolley ride to Fisherman's Wharf. She said so far she has about 26 opponents lined up to run against her. To me, that's no opposition, because none of them has the money, name identification or an issue big enough to seriously take on an incumbent as rooted and...
  • Gascón's swearing-in - a sign of things to come? {& Willie predicts it's Romney for GOP}

    01/08/2012 8:22:36 AM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies
    SFGate: Willie's World ^ | 1/8/12 | Willie Brown
    . . . So Mitt Romney eked out a win in Iowa. He'll probably win New Hampshire, too, but I can't see him taking South Carolina. In the end, he's likely to get the nomination, but it may not be pretty. Newt Gingrich, for starters, is so bitter over what the establishment did to him in the weeks before the corn state caucuses that his goal now is to defeat whomever the big shots support.The question is going to be: Will Romney consider Rick Santorum for VP? The conservatives will settle for that.
  • Dianne Feinstein needn't worry about poll results

    09/18/2011 7:37:12 PM PDT · by SmithL · 14 replies
    SFGate: Willie's World ^ | 9/18/11 | Willie Brown
    <p>Everyone is asking about President Obama and Sen. Dianne Feinstein's approval ratings taking a dive in the latest Field Research Poll.</p> <p>Let's see: Obama has dropped to 44 percent and Feinstein is down to a 41 percent approval rating.</p> <p>Give me a break. I would have been happy to have those kinds of numbers when I was heading out of office.</p>
  • They Said WHAT?! The 25 Most Unlikely Palin Fans – #16 Willie Brown

    07/21/2011 2:46:16 AM PDT · by onyx · 33 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | July 20, 2011 11:55PM | Damian Geminder
    "May we always be happy and our enemies know it!" Pop quiz: What kind of things would a guy who was Mayor of San Francisco, a city which voted for President Obama over John McCain by more than 70 percent, say about Governor Sarah Palin?He’d say stuff like this: I actually went back and watched Palin’s [Republican National Convention] speech a second time. I didn’t go to sleep until 1:30 a.m. I had to make sure I got the lines right.Her timing was exquisite. She didn’t linger with applause, but instead launched into line after line of attack, slipping...
  • Flashback: Presideo Partners (Eminent Domain Corruption between Pelosi, Gorbachev...)

    04/02/2011 11:08:59 AM PDT · by bronxville · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | November 15, 2006 | Judi McLeod
    "Investigative journalists doing their jobs should dig deep, into Pelosi's role in the controversial, $280-million, federal-funded Hunters Point Shipyard affair - in relation to her alleged role as an investor in a real estate investment called PRESIDIO PARTNERS. Look past the fact that the 936-acre site, of which about 443 acres are not polluted - Hunter Point is the largest tract of undeveloped land in San Francisco. Roll Call stated that in early 2004, Murtha “reportedly leaned on U.S. Navy officials to sign a contract to transfer the Hunters Point Shipyard to the City of San Francisco” and that “Laurence...
  • Willie Brown: "I do not believe Jerry Brown has a ground operation."

    10/21/2010 6:40:48 AM PDT · by Gothmog · 8 replies
    SFChron political reporter Joe Garafoli reports that at Willie Brown's annual pre-election breakfast he criticized the CA democrats' GOTV effort. Brown said, "I do not believe that Jerry Brown has a ground operation." Brown "also wonders if it is a good idea for the Dems to rely so heavily on labor for their ground operation." And dem political consultant Garry South "told the gathering that unless Jerry Brown has a lead of 7 or 8 points going into election day, 'we're in serious trouble.'" Video of Brown's remarks are embedded on the SFChro web site.
  • Dan Morain: Brown repeatedly inserts foot in mouth over slur issue

    10/15/2010 12:40:11 PM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 10/15/10 | Dan Morain
    Until Jerry Brown came along, Trice Harvey had offered the worst apology for calling someone a "whore" – and ole Trice wasn't trying to be sincere. Harvey was a Republican assemblyman from Bakersfield in 1994 when Republicans won control of the lower house and thought they could elect a speaker. Willie Brown didn't give up without a fight. Calling in a chit, he persuaded Republican Paul Horcher to vote for him, ensuring the San Francisco Democrat could retain his speakership for a little longer. Harvey denounced Horcher as, what else, a "political whore." Democrats demanded an apology, and Harvey obliged:...
  • Pete Wilson, Willie Brown reminisce about budget days of yore

    10/14/2010 6:04:54 PM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 10/14/10 | Kevin Yamamura
    Former Assembly Speaker Willie Brown blames much of the state's budgeting chaos on weak leadership, inexperience, a lack of collegiality and too much reliance on legislative aides -- all of which might be blamed on the state's 1990 term limits law. He and former Gov. Pete Wilson -- both shown right in a 1992 file photo -- discussed the state's budget problems Thursday at a downtown Sacramento luncheon hosted by the Public Policy Institute of California. Brown, who served as Assembly speaker for nearly 15 years and was an assemblyman for three decades, was a chief target of the term-limits...
  • Willie Brown: A New Year's Resolution for California

    01/05/2010 1:45:14 PM PST · by GVnana · 26 replies · 1,058+ views (San Francisco Chronicle) ^ | 1/3/2010 | Willie Brown
    If we as a state want to make a New Year's resolution, I suggest taking a good look at the California we have created. From our out-of-sync tax system to our out-of-control civil service, it's time for politicians to begin an honest dialogue about what we've become. Take the civil service. The system was set up so politicians like me couldn't come in and fire the people (relatives) hired by the guy they beat and replace them with their own friends and relatives. Over the years, however, the civil service system has changed from one that protects jobs to one...
  • WILLIE BROWN: Sign of good times: Big bashes are back

    11/29/2009 8:35:55 AM PST · by SmithL · 15 replies · 761+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/29/9 | Willie Brown
    Here's an economic indicator you won't see on the business pages - the big parties are back.After a year when being ostentatious was out, bling is back in and the big names are busting out the tents and big-budget bashes for the holiday season.Gordon Getty pulled the plug last year on his annual combination birthday and Christmas party. This year, it's on.Dede Wilsey is readying the retractable roof of her home for her annual winter wonderland, and Ron Cowan has booked Teatro ZinZanni for a holiday party. In fact, there appears to be a solid month of parties ahead of...
  • WILLIE BROWN: Newsom back in the swing of things

    11/22/2009 3:45:47 PM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies · 396+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/22/9 | Willie Brown
    I was away for most of the week, but I did catch up with San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom at a tree-lighting party on the Embarcadero Friday evening.He looked very relaxed and was having his picture taken with everyone. He said he was back in the swing of things and really looking forward to tackling the city's $500 million budget deficit. This time, he said, he would be free to do what needed to be done because he won't be beholden to anyone. It ought to be interesting.He also asked if The Chronicle had gone after me the way the...
  • Willie Brown: Pelosi exhibits leadership, protects colleagues

    11/15/2009 10:02:45 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 417+ views ^ | 11/15/09 | Willie Brown
    If there's one thing the recent health care vote proves, it's that Nancy Pelosi is the most focused House speaker since Tip O'Neill. I'm not talking about the merits of the bill that emerged from the House - the debate on that subject is far from over. I'm talking about Pelosi's behind-the-scenes leadership to get the job done in such a way that at-risk Democrats can still win re-election. The pundits portrayed the 220-215 tally and 39 Democratic no votes as signs of Pelosi's weakness. What they missed was that Pelosi got her majority while letting Democrats from conservative districts...
  • WILLIE BROWN: Don't deal out old political hand Dianne

    11/08/2009 9:01:05 AM PST · by SmithL · 21 replies · 653+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/8/9 | Willie Brown
    What a week it's been in California politics, with insiders and oddsmakers having a field day. But beware. Things may not be as they seem. First up, you'd better keep Dianne Feinstein's name on the list of possible candidates for governor. I've known Dianne for years, and the role of chief executive is a much better fit for her than being one of 100 senators. I can also tell you from the meetings I have had with her that she is very serious about California's budget troubles, water troubles and other troubles. She is also serious when she says that...
  • Gov. Schwarzenegger Heckled At Speech (Democrats Unleashed)

    11/02/2009 3:32:54 PM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 10 replies · 608+ views
    Gov. Schwarzenegger stops by an event honoring Willie Brown and the room erupts in heckling, profanity, and slurs against Arnold...who of course goes out of his way to distance himself from the Republican Party immediately but it does no good as gay activists in the crowd let him have it.
  • CA: Photo op was order from the White House (Thug in a $3K 3-piece suit, Willie Brown)

    10/18/2009 10:16:35 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 2,144+ views ^ | 10/18/09 | Willie Brown
    "Willie Brown, don't you turn your back on me." It was the voice heard 'round the world, President Obama's, chiding me for stopping to talk with a Secret Service agent. I hadn't planned on being on the 32nd floor of the St. Francis. No way was I going to spend $15,000 for a ticket to a hobnobbing session with Obama and deep-pocket Democrats. But then came the call from the White House asking me to attend. So there I was, along with Dick Blum, Richard Goldman, Nancy Pelosi and some of the Bay Area's highest rollers - many of them...
  • Hey, lighten up on Obama

    09/06/2009 7:58:09 AM PDT · by InterestedQuestioner · 90 replies · 2,215+ views
    The San Fransisco Chronicle ^ | september 6, 2009 | Willie Brown
    "There seems to be a new sport sweeping the land: Obama-bashing. Everybody is unloading on Barack Obama, especially the Fox News-Rush Limbaugh types who constantly repeat that he's sliding in the polls. " -snip- "The media seem to have forgotten that nearly 60 million people voted against Obama in November. Of course they're going to show up at these town halls and bash him." -snip- "The real challenge for Obama is not to present an ideal plan, but to present a plan that can pass with the minimum political risk to the politicians who have to vote for it." Read...
  • Obama shoots from the lip, misses in Gates flap

    07/26/2009 6:31:33 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies · 420+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | July 26, 2009 | Willie Brown
    America got a good look at the Chicago side of Barack Obama last week, and boy did it set off fireworks. Obama was outraged that Gates was treated as a suspected criminal at his own home, and diplomacy went right out the window. I know Skip Gates well. He's a small person physically, less than 150 pounds wet, but he is very big when it comes to militancy. For many years, Gates has been one of the strongest academic voices on the black experience in this country. But, like many academics, Skip may not have had a lot of personal...
  • WILLIE BROWN: Auction brings in $3 million to fight poverty

    05/10/2009 2:58:47 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 325+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/10/9 | Willie Brown
    . . . Speaking at the Commonwealth Club on Thursday, I was asked for my thumbnail assessment of next year's Democratic gubernatorial primary.Here it is: Gavin Newsom is trying to position himself as the new Barack Obama and his main rival, Attorney General Jerry Brown, as old John McCain. Jerry is trying to position himself as Barack Obama as well, and Newsom as the new Sarah Palin. I was over in Hawaii last week speaking to a group of insurance brokers and agents. They couldn't understand why health care had dropped from being the No. 1 White House issue...
  • WILLIE BROWN: Sen. Abel Maldonado pulls off a political coup

    02/22/2009 8:29:54 AM PST · by SmithL · 15 replies · 987+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/22/9 | Willie World
    State Sen. Abel Maldonado wins the play of the week award, even if it did make him the most unpopular politician in Sacramento. Maldonado, R-Santa Maria (Santa Barbara County), had been waiting a long time for this moment. When the opportunity arose - with the state about to go into meltdown mode if the budget deal fell apart - he played it just right. All along, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger thought he had Maldonado's vote in his pocket. After all, the moderate Maldonado had always played ball with the governor before, bucking fellow Republicans by voting to increase the minimum wage...
  • WILLIE BROWN: Good cop, bad cop - that's Obama and Pelosi

    02/01/2009 2:21:22 PM PST · by SmithL · 17 replies · 751+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/1/9 | Willie Brown
    It's going to be interesting to watch House Speaker Nancy Pelosi play bad cop to President Obama's good cop. He's presenting himself as the agent of consensus building; she's swinging the partisan hammer. He invites Republicans up to the White House for talks. She puts together the votes that make the Republicans irrelevant, then announces the results from the floor.She will be the keeper of the Democratic agenda just as Newt Gingrich was the keeper of the Republican agenda. It's a position that will help her with her own party membership, but will play havoc with her image nationally.
  • Litigant In Chief: 9/11 Widow Ellen Mariani Says George W. Bush is a Gangster(Ed Asner)

    01/31/2004 10:38:20 AM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 45 replies · 536+ views
    ThePortlandPhoenix ^ | Saturday, January 31, 2004 | ALEX IRVINE
    9/11 widow Ellen Mariani(Derry, N.H.) says George W. Bush is a gangster. We talk to her and her lawyer Philip J. Berg: Ellen Mariani last saw her husband Louis Neil early on the morning of September 11, 2001, at Logan Airport, where they were taking different flights to Los Angeles for a daughter’s wedding. He hadn’t gotten his tickets until the last minute, and couldn’t get on her flight, but there were seats open on Flight 175. Neil Mariani died when that plane crashed into the south tower of the World Trade Center, and after rejecting a settlement offer of...
  • Willie Brown: Feinstein establishes her turf

    01/11/2009 8:33:27 AM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies · 528+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/11/9 | Willie Brown
    Dianne Feinstein is certainly on her game. In the past few days, she's given Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid a very public lesson in law and President-elect Barack Obama an equally public lesson in political manners. I told her as much when she called me to make sure I was joining her in her box at Obama's swearing-in Jan. 20. She was in good spirits, and with good reason. Her shot at Obama for leaking the name of Leon Panetta as the new CIA chief without giving her a call first was completely appropriate. The leak was an egregious act,...
  • Ex-San Francisco mayor defends Blagojevich's 'this-for-that talk'

    12/30/2008 8:16:48 AM PST · by STARWISE · 13 replies · 893+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12-30-08 | Maria L. LaGanga
    In his memoir "Basic Brown," published in February, former San Francisco Mayor Willie L. Brown Jr. lauded U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald for his "admirably high standard," saying, "He doesn't bring indictments unless he knows he really has a case." But after Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested for allegedly trying to sell President-elect Barack Obama's now-vacant Senate seat, Brown, also a former speaker of the California Assembly, abruptly changed his tune. "In all my years of practicing law, I have never seen a U.S. attorney take to the podium to announce an arrest, then answer any and all questions while at...
  • Willie BrownIllinois governor seems to be growing stronger

    12/20/2008 10:27:52 PM PST · by malkee · 21 replies · 1,486+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Dec.20,2008 | Willie Brown
    Igot a call from Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich the other day. The first thing I said to him was, "You know, this call is probably being taped." Blagojevich said he had read my column in The Chronicle last week, in which I raised questions about the "pay to play" charges being leveled against him in connection with his pending appointment of someone to fill Barack Obama's now-empty U.S. Senate seat. I think he liked how I raised questions about the timing and manner of U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald's decision to charge him over what appears to be little more than...
  • WILLIE BROWN: Illinois scandal from politician's view

    12/14/2008 8:50:54 AM PST · by SmithL · 46 replies · 1,640+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/14/8 | Willie Brown
    The prosecution of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich by U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald is a match made in heaven. Have you ever seen two people more in love with the spotlight? In all my years of practicing law, I have never seen a U.S. attorney take to the podium to announce an arrest, then answer any and all questions while at the same time condemning the accused as if he'd already been convicted. But I'm telling you now, for all the accusations about Blagojevich trying to sell the Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama, the feds had better come up with...
  • WILLIE BROWN: Pity for McCain, monologue from Obama

    10/19/2008 3:46:42 PM PDT · by SmithL · 25 replies · 827+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/19/8 | Willie Brown
    I couldn't help but feel sorry for John McCain after the last debate. He was so overmatched. Barack Obama, as low-key as he was, beat him. Barack was cool, Barack was calm. Barack never got out of his monologue tone - and he didn't answer one question. Not one. He was Sarah Palin without the excitement, but McCain wasn't smart enough to call him on it. To his credit, McCain finally did say, "I am not President Bush," but he even underplayed that move. I would have pulled out a photograph and said, "This is George" - and my photo...
  • WILLIE BROWN: Race a factor in presidential race

    10/11/2008 11:20:37 PM PDT · by SmithL · 23 replies · 663+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/11/8 | Willie Brown
    Make no mistake about it - even with the economy in the dumps and the Democrats on the rise, this presidential race is still close. And it will remain close until Nov. 4. It won't be a blowout for Barack Obama, as some are predicting from the polls.The truth is, this year you're never going to get a true reading from polls - because this year, race is in play. All polls have something they call a "margin of error," which means the numbers you see could be off by five points either way. Well, in this election, you have...
  • WILLIE BROWN: Palin passes big debate test

    10/05/2008 8:22:24 AM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies · 1,424+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/5/8 | Willie Brown
    Sarah Palin was in trouble the minute she stepped on the stage of the vice presidential debate - her clothes said it all. The usual pinks and reds that gave her so much of her spontaneous style and image were gone, replaced by funeral black. She looked like someone's idea of a Washington senator, and she tried to act like one as well. I suppose that after the Katie Couric interview debacle, her handlers were not interested in seeing Sarah in her natural state. Instead, we got someone who looked and acted like she had crammed for an exam. Someone...
  • WILLIE BROWN: Obama wins Round 1

    09/28/2008 5:24:35 PM PDT · by SmithL · 35 replies · 993+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/28/8 | Willie Brown
    If there was a winner in the first presidential debate it would have to be Barack Obama, but only because he managed to get in a couple of punches on John McCain without looking like he was picking on Granddad. McCain tried to counterpunch, but it was clear he needed more prep. Now we know why McCain wanted the debate delayed. He wasn't ready. And did you notice McCain's body language? I don't think he made eye contact with Obama once. If Republicans had any sense, they would be looking for a way to delay Sarah Palin from her upcoming...
  • Economic ills could give Dems fighting chance

    09/21/2008 2:15:27 PM PDT · by SmithL · 22 replies · 118+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/21/8 | Willie Brown
    As bad as the news may be, the slide in the economy may have finally given Democrats a chance to get their sea legs back. For all her small-town charm, Sistah Sarah Palin won't make people feel better if they think their pensions are in trouble. That goes for Wal-Mart shoppers as well as Wall Street bankers. No, the stars of this opera are Barack Obama, John McCain and George Bush. The question is, how will they play it? The best thing McCain can do - in fact, the only thing McCain can do - is to throw Bush under...
  • Willie Brown: How does President Palin sound?

    09/15/2008 10:52:14 AM PDT · by atomic_dog · 51 replies · 165+ views
    SF Gate ^ | September 14, 2008 | Willie Brown
    For first time in modern history, a presidential race is actually going to be decided by the vice presidential pick. Thanks to Sarah Palin, this is no longer a contest between Barack Obama and John McCain - it's between Brother Barack and Sistah Sarah. Rock star vs. rock star. Inexperienced vs. inexperienced. Newcomer vs. newcomer. Change vs. change. His "change" is East Coast intellectual. Her "change" is NASCAR. His change is wine and cheese. Her change is mayonnaise by the gallon.
  • How does President Palin sound?

    09/14/2008 12:28:06 PM PDT · by radar101 · 39 replies · 194+ views
    For first time in modern history, a presidential race is actually going to be decided by the vice presidential pick. Thanks to Sarah Palin, this is no longer a contest between Barack Obama and John McCain - it's between Brother Barack and Sistah Sarah. His "change" is East Coast intellectual. Her "change" is NASCAR. His change is wine and cheese. Her change is mayonnaise by the gallon. And notice how everyone is calling her Sarah Palin - not Gov. Palin. That's not good for the Democrats. Heck, even I didn't know what the Bush Doctrine was when Charlie Gibson asked...
  • Willie Brown: How does President Palin sound?

    09/14/2008 1:03:17 AM PDT · by Chet 99 · 85 replies · 408+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | Willie Brown
    For first time in modern history, a presidential race is actually going to be decided by the vice presidential pick. Thanks to Sarah Palin, this is no longer a contest between Barack Obama and John McCain - it's between Brother Barack and Sistah Sarah. Rock star vs. rock star. Inexperienced vs. inexperienced. Newcomer vs. newcomer. Change vs. change. His "change" is East Coast intellectual. Her "change" is NASCAR. His change is wine and cheese. Her change is mayonnaise by the gallon. And notice how everyone is calling her Sarah Palin - not Gov. Palin. That's not good for the Democrats....
  • Willie Brown on Sarah Palin

    09/09/2008 7:22:00 PM PDT · by marktwain · 35 replies · 459+ views
    Clayton ^ | 8 September, 2008 | Clayton Cramer
    Willie Brown on Sarah Palin Willie Brown has been a lot of things in California politics, including mayor of San Francisco; Speaker of the Assembly (the lower house of the state legislature). He is an unabashed liberal, having sponsored the bill to legalize homosexuality in 1975. (Yes, hard as it may be to believe, homosexual sex used to be a felony in California.) He's a very cunning politician. When a number of his colleagues were taking bribes from undercover FBI agents, he was smart enough to recognize that such overt bribery was illegal, or at least not what it seemed...
  • Brown Sees Palin as Major Problem for Dems; Hopes Press Will "Expose" Palin - Video 9/8/08

    09/08/2008 10:30:58 AM PDT · by · 8 replies · 111+ views
    Blogs for John McCain ^ | September 8, 2008 | brianinmo
    Here is video of Democrat Willie Brown being interviewed on CNN about an op-ed column he wrote over the weekend in the San Francisco Chronicle. Brown believes Gov. Sarah Palin did a fantastic job in her speech last week, and believes she poses a real problem for Democrats. As you watch the interview, notice several things: 1. The CNN interviewer is clearly upset with Brown for saying nice things about Sarah Palin! 2. Brown believes that the more exposure Sarah Palin has, the less people will like her. 3. The CNN interviewer is representative of most Dems who seem to...
  • Willie Brown on Palin: “The Democrats Are In Trouble”

    09/07/2008 1:23:44 PM PDT · by Bill Dupray · 18 replies · 224+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | September 7, 2008 | Bill Dupray
    The colorful former Mayor of San Francisco (no need to add the "D" here) and Speaker of the California State Assembly is spot on. The Democrats are in trouble. Sarah Palin has totally changed the dynamics of this campaign. Period. Palin's speech to the GOP National Convention on Wednesday has set it up so that the Republicans are now on offense and Democrats are on defense. And we don't do well on defense. Suddenly, Palin and John McCain are the mavericks and Barack Obama and Joe Biden are the status quo, in a year when you don't want to be...
  • Palin floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee.

    09/07/2008 8:18:55 AM PDT · by kralcmot · 65 replies · 201+ views
    San Francisco Cronicle ^ | Sunday, September 7, 2008 | Willie Brown
    Palin floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee. The Democrats are in trouble. Sarah Palin has totally changed the dynamics of this campaign. Period. Palin's speech to the GOP National Convention on Wednesday has set it up so that the Republicans are now on offense and Democrats are on defense. And we don't do well on defense. Suddenly, Palin and John McCain are the mavericks and Barack Obama and Joe Biden are the status quo, in a year when you don't want to be seen as defending the status quo. From taxes to oil drilling, Democrats are now going...
  • Willie Brown: Palin floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee

    09/06/2008 11:13:54 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 60 replies · 1,694+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | Willie Brown
    The Democrats are in trouble. Sarah Palin has totally changed the dynamics of this campaign. Period. Palin's speech to the GOP National Convention on Wednesday has set it up so that the Republicans are now on offense and Democrats are on defense. And we don't do well on defense. Suddenly, Palin and John McCain are the mavericks and Barack Obama and Joe Biden are the status quo, in a year when you don't want to be seen as defending the status quo. From taxes to oil drilling, Democrats are now going to have to start explaining their positions. Whenever you...
  • Biden brings a lot to the table for Obama

    08/24/2008 4:17:51 PM PDT · by SmithL · 26 replies · 128+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/24/8 | Willie Brown
    One thing you can say about Barack Obama and Joseph Biden, they know how to keep a secret. Obama told Biden he was the vice presidential pick on Thursday, and not even their most intimate friends knew. Biden didn't tell anyone, including his wife. He called his whole family together on Friday for a breakfast - and didn't tell them then either. Not until late Friday did anyone but Biden and Obama know the deal. The fact that they could make a decision and keep quiet about it until the time was right is the hallmark of a good working...
  • CA: (Willie) Brown gets grilled in Perata investigation (PerataGate Lives!)

    01/27/2008 10:31:54 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 69+ views ^ | 1/27/08 | Phillip Matier,Andrew Ross
    Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown - whose new book includes an entire chapter on "Tricks the FBI Played to Try to Get Me" - found himself the other day in front of the federal grand jury investigating state Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata. The grand jury proceedings in Oakland are part of a nearly 5-year-old federal investigation into Perata's links to lobbyists, his payment of campaign funds to family members and his role in pushing for various contracts. Brown, who was known as the "Ayatollah of the Assembly" in his days in the capital, said it appeared from...
  • Arnie Loves Democrats -- Stay Tuned

    06/07/2007 6:13:44 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 16 replies · 599+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | June 05, 2007 | John Wildermuth
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has plenty of plans for California and whether Democrats like it or not, the Republican governor is doing his best to tie those plans to his new-found friends in the other party. In a Tuesday afternoon speech to the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, the governor praised the Democratic leadership in the Legislature early and often for their willingness to work with him on things like workers' compensation reform, last November's infrastructure bond package and the recent agreement of prison construction. These "great, great accomplishments" wouldn't have been possible without the help of both Democrats and Republicans,...
  • Gov. tops party cast with a real character - Willie Brown will headline Schwarzenegger gala.

    01/05/2007 9:49:55 AM PST · by calcowgirl · 27 replies · 388+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 5, 2007 | Mark Z. Barabak
    Willie Lewis Brown Jr., former "Ayatollah of the Assembly," ex-mayor of San Francisco, government consultant, fashion plate, lightning rod and — by his depiction — a living, breathing work of art, returns to center stage tonight in Sacramento. Improbably. No Democrat was more reviled by Republicans than Brown, who served a record 15 years as Assembly speaker before voter-imposed term limits — the "anti-Willie Brown law," he called it — chased him from the Capitol. And yet tonight he will preside over Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's second inaugural fete, resplendent, no doubt, in a bespoke tuxedo and symbolizing the bipartisanship...
  • Willie Brown to emcee governor's inauguration [Schwarzenegger]

    12/12/2006 6:12:28 PM PST · by freedomdefender · 15 replies · 610+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | December 12, 2006 | Kevin Yamamura
    Willie Brown correctly predicted Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's landslide win to the chagrin of his own party, and now the Democratic icon will emcee the Republican governor's swearing-in ceremony in January. The governor's inaugural committee announced Tuesday that it had recruited Brown to serve as master of ceremonies during Schwarzenegger's Jan. 5 invitation-only ceremony at the Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento. "I think that Mayor Brown's choice shows the governor's commitment to bipartisanship," said Reed Galen, executive director of the inaugural committee.