Meg Whitman Unveils a Governor Moonbeam Flashback

Meg Whitman’s campaign unveiled their first attack spot against Jerry Brown, a commercial that hits him as an out-there, tax-and-spend liberal who is responsible for the stagflation 70s.

She touches on his failed Senate and presidential runs, too, but I’ve always thought a certain element of this year’s California gubernatorial race will be nostalgia, particularly for the Me Decade. She’s beaten him to the punch, characterizing the time as a not-so-great period where the voters ultimately had to wage a tax revolt in the form of Prop 13. But I suspect those memories are meaningless to those who didn’t live through them, and younger voters are probably just as likely to view the 70s as a kind of golden, swinging era in California, where the state actually thrived. That’s particularly true compared to the budget crisis of today. Listen to Brown in his speeches and you hear him play this up, including the fact that it was a time when he dated Linda Rondstadt and yes, that he was once labeled “Governor Moonbeam.” 

Here’s Whitman’s spot.

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