Jerry Brown kicked off Labor Day week with his first TV ad and a radio spot as well opening with narrator Peter Coyote telling us, “Never accused of following conventional wisdom, Jerry Brown took on the status quo,” a statement pregnant with understatement.
But as soon as Krusty the General launched his ads, the Armies of eMeg fired back with their own blast from the past — a devastating 1992 debate clip of Bill Clinton smacking Jerry down for leaving California broke.
C’est la guerre. Calbuzzer Chief Editorial Cartoonist Tom Meyer picks up on the disparity in amplification between Brown and the Meg Whitman campaign, suggesting Jerry’s sitar just might get drowned out by THE HUGE SPEAKERS THAT WHITMAN CAN AFFORD.
Calbuzz Hits the Big Time: You know you’ve made it onto the radar when Andrew Breitbart, the king of the Neanderthal Wing of the Blogosphere publishes a 794-word essay attacking you, which, we are delighted to report, is exactly what has happened to Calbuzz.
In a piece written by Warner Todd Huston (and you know you should never trust anybody with three last names, especially when he’s got a blog, Publius Forum, that sounds like a social disease), who bills himself “as Chicago based freelance writer [who] has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001,” Calbuzz got 20 mentions and several links amid a brutal assault on our character, integrity and ancestry, which met the same high standards of high-quality journalism as Brietbart’s infamous attack on Shirley Sherrod.
Amid the horrible things WTH had to say about us were these libels:
— “Widely read.”
— “Calbuzz gets a lot of respect from California’s Old Media and political establishment.”
— “Calbuzz is one of the first stops for so many in the Old Media and Sacramento.”
Actually, a comment from a reader named “Petroglyph” hurt most: “Nobody reads this piece of crap Calbuzz unless it’s Jerry himself.” Sadly, we have it on good authority that Jerry hardly ever reads us unless Anne or Steve clips us for him.
Still and all, we’re delighted to have attracted the attention of the right-wing lap dogs of imperialism. Thanks for the props, Andrew.
All you need to know about the state of MSM (h/t to H.D. Palmer, who had it before Drudge).
Seema Mehta and Maeve Reston, the hardest-working women in show business, were everywhere at once over Labor Day weekend and still found time to file a solid situationer for the tiny handful of Californians who haven’t been paying close attention to the campaign.
Given the indefatigable labors of the dynamic duo, it’s unfair to the rest of us that the LAT has the wily veteran Cathy Decker coming off the bench to make perfect sense of PPIC’s latest data dump.
Joe Garofoli busts Krusty big-time traveling between past lives.
Must read: Tim Noah’s series on income inequality, only the most important undercovered issue in American politics.
For those too bored to penetrate Charlie Cook’s pontifications about the mid-terms, here’s a handy list of the 50 races that matter.
For those who are even lazier, here’s a good, Hearstian mini-list of 10.
Swell analytical work by the Viet Cong Star’s Timm Herdt pulling together the multiple strands of the political reform debate.
Glenn Beck: more honest that you’ve ever seen him.