GOVERNOR MOONBEAM  3:26 pm March 2, 2012

Jerry Brown To Washington Times Reporter: ‘Are You a Moonie?’

by Rebecca Schoenkopf

The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress.California Governor Jerry Brown dealt with some hack Washington Times reporter in the exact way all elected officials should deal with Washington Times reporters: by repeatedly correcting him on basic facts, pointing and laughing in his (presumably fat and pasty) face, and then delivering a rough-and-ready Jerry Brown-style head-butt to the dingle. After much back-and-forth in which the Hero Wingnut Reporter mangled basic historic and economic facts and then declared that California was going bankrupt, we arrive at the crux of the matter, the moment in which Brown just totally fucks the poor simpleton’s head, in front of his sniggering fellows, haha.

Reporter: So why is it then, that we’re seeing from the bankruptcy though…
Brown Spokesman Gil Duran: There is no bankruptcy. That’s a lie. You’re lying.
Brown: California has a $2-trillion economy.
Reporter: Why am I a liar?
Brown: [...] Are you a Moonie by any chance?

At which point, the sad reporter mumbled “Thank you, sir,” slunk off in shame, and promptly killed himself, the End.

[Los Angeles Times]

 
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CapnFatback March 2, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Let the West Coast bias commence!

bumfug March 2, 2012 at 3:36 pm

And not a minute too soon.

SorosBot March 2, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Commence? For months now there's rarely been more than one or maybe two posts up before noon in the real world; it's already here.

emmelemm March 2, 2012 at 4:34 pm

"The real world"? Check yourself before you wreck yourself, right-coaster.

FraAnima March 2, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Oh ma God! I am so sure!

chascates March 2, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Gingrich is the only 'moonie' around these parts.

elviouslyqueer March 2, 2012 at 3:39 pm

He's not a "moonie." He's a space station.

CapnFatback March 2, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Betcha he's chock-full of Moon Pies, though.

Designer_Rants March 2, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Moonbat!

BTW, is Brown talking about the religious Moonies? Or is there some other Moonies I'm unaware of?

Edit: Never mind, I read the story. I get it now.

The Washington Times was founded in 1982 by Sun Myung Moon, head of the Unification Church, whose followers were often referred to informally as Moonies.

GOPCrusher March 2, 2012 at 5:43 pm

I'd forgotten about the Moonies. Are they even still around anymore?

Omophagist March 2, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Mitten's is the Moonie, he's the one that believes he's going to get his own planet when he dies according to the religion conned up by a 19th century sex manic huckster that he inexplicably follows.

SorosBot March 2, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Gingrich is mooning? Ew I just lost my appetite.

Guppy March 2, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Not quite. While it's true Gingrich has gone through hundreds of weddings, they've not (yet) been at the same time.

Pat_Pending March 2, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Only during butt-crack season.

veritass March 2, 2012 at 3:31 pm

He responded, "Yes I am and so are you."

James Michael Curley March 2, 2012 at 4:32 pm

That was Governor Moonbeam to you; from those of us who were in CA at the time, cursing Reagan and working for Brown.

Maman March 2, 2012 at 5:26 pm

That response would take balls.

memzilla March 2, 2012 at 3:33 pm

It's a wonderful interview to read in full, and shows what happens when you use actual FACTS to drop-kick these wingtards right in the Luntzes.

sharethegrief March 2, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Definitely worth the read. Kerry Picket must have studied journalism at Bob Jones.

BaldarTFlagass March 2, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Moonbeam or not, the dude gets a pass from me for banging Miss Ronstadt back in the day.

joobajooba March 2, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Yeah, back in her day. She was hot!

rickmaci March 2, 2012 at 6:38 pm

She wasn't the only hot babe he was involved with either. Women who were in to smart loved him.

Negropolis March 3, 2012 at 3:14 am

Is it true that the men who were in to smart loved him, too, or is that just a rumor?

arihaya March 2, 2012 at 3:33 pm

shorter headline: Govnor Moonbeam Calls a Moonie to His Face

SorosBot March 2, 2012 at 3:34 pm

If only other politicians had the guts to tell lying right-wing "journalists" that they're lying, this country could be in much better shape.

anniegetyerfun March 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm

I don't see why they don't. The conservative pols cry like great big titty babies whenever anyone asks them about something they actually SAID, on the record, a couple of days before.

SorosBot March 2, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Or questions them about the actual policies that they support. It's all whine, whine, "How dare you ask me a tough question."

actor212 March 2, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Moonie got moonbeamed. Film at eleven

bumfug March 2, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Best response to "Why am I a liar?" would be "Only you know the answer to that one."

Pres.Beeblebrox March 2, 2012 at 3:34 pm

"Moon" Moons Moonie

Baconzgood March 2, 2012 at 3:35 pm

I don't like the Dead Kennedys….but I did see a dude punch Jello in Cleveland….I never seen someone hit some one that hard in the face before or since.

coolhandnuke March 2, 2012 at 3:56 pm

On hand to see Henry Rollins sock some wanker in the jaw at DC's 9:30 Club. He hit him so hard you could have felt it in Baltimore.

Baconzgood March 2, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Henry Rollins needs to get jawed in DC. That's east coast (Fugazi) straight edge!

not that Dewey March 2, 2012 at 4:43 pm

I witnessed Kim Gordon give it to some dude, in the head, with her bass, like she was swinging a hockey stick.

user-of-owls March 2, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Just how in the hell do you swing a fish like a hockey stick??

horsedreamer_1 March 2, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Ian renounced sXe almost after starting it.

Also: he's now a regular at winetastings with his drummer girlfriend.

snoopyfan2010 March 3, 2012 at 11:38 pm

I did my research and the google says that teddy nugent was also an early adopter of the straight edge. Ironic or prophetic? Or pathetic?

BornInATrailer March 2, 2012 at 4:44 pm

And on that note, time to go watch the Danzig video again.

Designer_Rants March 2, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Mothuhr! Tell yer children not to hear my words. What they mean what they say
Hell yeah.

fartknocker March 2, 2012 at 3:35 pm

That interview was refreshing. I would enjoy a pay-per-view debate of Gov. Brown versus Rush Limbo.

DCBloom March 2, 2012 at 3:51 pm

I would SO watch that!

Designer_Rants March 2, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Brown is asking for it. What a slut. He wants to be paid for debate, like a prostitute.

Fare la Volpe March 2, 2012 at 3:36 pm

What is this fantastic mythical creature? I thought vertebrate-possessing politicians went extinct years ago.

widestanceromance March 2, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Does bicep possession count? This is my govnuh and he is far from extinct.
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kDC6iayZuLI/T1BUu9NHlKI

Fare la Volpe March 2, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Holy bajingo!

Who is this gorgeous man, and how can I become his personal bicep polisher?!

widestanceromance March 2, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Sorry to crush your hopes, but the man just signed a bill so he can gay-marry me sometime next year. I plan on letting him know that sometime this year.

Fare la Volpe March 2, 2012 at 6:15 pm

I don't need to marry him, I just need to tie him to the bed and lick him head to toe.

Loaded_Pants March 2, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Can we trade guvs?

widestanceromance March 2, 2012 at 5:17 pm

Since I don't know who yours is, I cannot say, but you could move to MD. Given that we had Bob Ehrlich before O'Malley, we deserve His Fineness.

actor212 March 2, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Didn't you notice the InGen stamp?

Problem is, he needs to be fed lysine constantly

glasspusher March 2, 2012 at 6:12 pm

That would be my neighbor. Lives two blocks north of me. Jogs in the evening. When I told him to watch out for cars, I couldn't vote for him if he got killed, he replied, "Ah, they ain't gonna hit me".

Callyson March 2, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Reporter: Well, right now it’s going bankrupt.
Brown: That’s untrue. I’ve reduced the deficit that was left to me by a Republican governor from $26 billion to $9 billion and I have a plan to reduce it to zero.
Reporter: So you’re saying that the reason that California is going bankrupt is…
Brown: No, that’s not true. We’re going far. I mean, we’re doing quite well.
Duran: You need to ask a question that’s based on the truth.
Brown (to Duran): You don’t have to argue with her…
Duran: No, S&P just upgraded to positive. That’s not bankrupt…
Duran: And your facts are totally wrong. I can prove it to you.
Brown: Because your incisiveness is kind of suspect. Anyway. California, the economy is doing better, it’s coming back. The private economy added $90 billion, and that feeds into the public sector as well. There are deficits because there’s been excesses in the last decade, brought on principally by the mortgage bubble and breakdown. And we’re now cleaning up after that mess. It does take a while to do that. I’d say we’re on a very positive course. Not as rapid as I would like, but the trajectory is all in the right direction.
Go Governor Moonbeam! And can you please send this transcript to the Obama administration, as a model on how to deal with FOX news and its wannabes?

a_pink_poodle March 2, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Can someone let me in on what a Moonie is exactly?

BarackMyWorld March 2, 2012 at 3:42 pm

The Washington Times newspaper was founded by cult-leader Rev. Moon, whose followers are sometimes referred to as "moonies," though it has different owners now.

OneDollarJuana March 2, 2012 at 3:51 pm

The Moonies had mass weddings presided over by Reverend Moon, who apparently views himself as the Son o' God incarnate.

So take that! Evangelical Xtians.

SorosBot March 2, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Considering how the Reverend is supposed to be the messiah and second coming of Jesus, I wonder what's going to happen with the cult when the now very old crazy man finally dies.

Dudleydidwrong March 2, 2012 at 4:49 pm

What happens when the now very old crazy man finally dies? He'll rise again on the third day, assuming they put enough yeast in his coffin.

Designer_Rants March 2, 2012 at 7:07 pm

And crank up his Death Oven to 350°.

Jukesgrrl March 2, 2012 at 5:57 pm

We'll know the answer to that after we find out what happens to Big Hollywood.

Dashboard Buddha March 2, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Weird religious cult – mass weddings – hard core right wing.

BarackMyWorld March 2, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Fire and brimstone coming down from the sky. Rivers and seas boiling. Forty years of darkness. Earthquakes, volcanoes. The dead rising from the grave. Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together – mass hysteria!

ManchuCandidate March 2, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Follower of Rev Moon who believed that the 2nd coming of Jeebus Christ would come from South Korea (no shit.)

Ironic, considering the bible made no mention of people outside the Med.

Chichikovovich March 2, 2012 at 4:08 pm

I get the impression they have receded in the public eye compared to a couple of decades ago. When I was an undergraduate I would walk along Bloor Street in Toronto from Bathurst to St. George St. to get to the university, and in that stretch of maybe seven or eight blocks there would be at least a dozen of them, accosting people on the street, all with an identical "hi, how are you doing" and an affectless robosmile.

At the time "Moonie" became shorthand for spooky brainwashed cultist with no capacity for independent thought. (So for example the standard phrase for the Straussians that the U. of T. political economy department was hopping with was "The moonies of political theory".)

Geminisunmars March 2, 2012 at 4:20 pm

One of my step-sons was enticed by some wholesome looking girlies to accompany them to a moonie camp. Sometime later he was finally able to make a run for it, made a phone call to his father from a phone booth (after begging someone for the change to make the call) and was rescued. One of those kinds of cults.

CindynEncinitas March 2, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Gov. Brown was dubbed "Moonbeam" during his tenure as governor in the 70s from opponents who believed his progressive ideas were too "far out." The actual moniker was given to him when he suggested that his office start conducting teleconferences instead of paying for officials to travel to Sacramento.

ShreditorsDesk March 2, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Also he's a confirmed UFO witness.

anniegetyerfun March 2, 2012 at 4:46 pm

OK, why the FUCK can't I post a URL anymore?

BTWBFDIMHO March 3, 2012 at 12:27 am

I am a follower of the sect of Thelonious Monk. Does it make me a monkie?

Golfing_OJ March 2, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Nice alt-text, there, new girl. "Bluuuue… byyyyy-yooooo…"

BaldarTFlagass March 2, 2012 at 3:40 pm

I don't get the Roy Orbison reference.

BarackMyWorld March 2, 2012 at 3:37 pm

I'm just sorry I was never old enough to vote any of the (three?) times he ran for president.

sarah_connor March 2, 2012 at 6:32 pm

There was once a teevee debate during the primaries, I think in 92 (but it might have been 2000… cos I'm old and I can't remember)… where there are eight or nine dems seated at a long table… while the camera was trained primarily on the frontrunners in the middle of the table and he was way over on the right… anyway every once in while the camera would pull back and catch him just cold sitting back and reading the paper… and I love him for that. The End.

Geminisunmars March 2, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Yay Jerry. Please show your fellow democratics how it is done! (Well, he did, apparently, have some help from another reporter pointing out lies, but still…)

Dashboard Buddha March 2, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Besieged Democrats? THIS is how you fucking do it! C'mon team…for once in my life give me someone to vote for instead of making me always have to pick someone to vote against.

If a nearby Dem/Liberal handled the right wing press like this I would volunteer immediately for his/her campaign.

C_R_Eature March 2, 2012 at 3:38 pm

This is a beautiful, beautiful thing. I think I might just be getting Happy.

Goonemeritus March 2, 2012 at 3:38 pm

I don’t think of Californians as that combative normally, as an East Coaster I doff my hat in admiration.

nicnack74 March 2, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Jerry Brown is like 72 years old. He doesn't give a fuck. He doesn't care if he gets re-elected. It's all about being of service. He's been in the game forevah. He doesn't give a FUUUUCK!

Geminisunmars March 2, 2012 at 4:11 pm

When I was just a tad of a girl, he was my govnor. Welcome back, Jerry. We've missed you.

CindynEncinitas March 2, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Apparently you've never driven on the 405 Freeway…

James Michael Curley March 2, 2012 at 4:53 pm

If I was out there again, I would never go near there.
In '74 or '75 the controversy was whether the CHiPs would be issued .357 magnums. The argument against was a no starter when it was recognized that most drivers in Pasadena had more fire power.

SorosBot March 2, 2012 at 5:07 pm

I'll have to say the driving I saw in the bay area is the worst I've ever seen outside of third world countries.

Lascauxcaveman March 2, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Brown is usually pretty mellow. It's just that this lying conservative bullshit has gotten much, much worse since his first term as Gov, so a guy can only take so much: comes a time it's time to take the gloves off.

Ain't getting any younger, and all that.

coolhandnuke March 2, 2012 at 3:39 pm

I purchased my very first hammer from Ronstadt's Hardware (Linda's dad) in Tucson when I was twelve. I built a doghouse.

CindynEncinitas March 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm

And we're all very proud of you!

coolhandnuke March 2, 2012 at 4:34 pm

You should be, I had to live in it for the next six years.

chicken_thief March 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm

You should have used it to nail her…..

coolhandnuke March 2, 2012 at 4:45 pm

I would have, but I wasn't a Breeder yet, still, it was One Divine Hammer.

Joshua Norton March 2, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Sounds like a "Curb Your Enthusiasm" episode.

Steverino247 March 2, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Yes! My governor can still kick ass! Well done, sir!

Nobody fucks with the Jerry!

DemmeFatale March 2, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Yeah, ain't it great?
After all those years of Arnold.
I love his bad-ass, fact-based throw downs!

Pat_Pending March 2, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Jerry Brown is the honey badger of politics.

pinkocommi March 2, 2012 at 3:41 pm

You gotta love a politician who talks as though his words are not being recorded even when they are.

Biel_ze_Bubba March 3, 2012 at 2:54 am

Ummm… that's not working so well for Santorum.

I think you need to mention truth, facts, reality, sanity … something to distinguish the two situations.

gullywompr March 2, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Man, boobs in the last post, Linda in this one… Wonkette's viewership is going to stone explode.

BigRadio March 2, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Rebecca's twit pic won't hurt either. I am finding it very easy to……
fapfapfapfapfap

BaldarTFlagass March 2, 2012 at 3:43 pm

"Bankrupt? Ask your boss about that piece of shit movie "Inchon" he bankrolled. Betcha that almost bankrupted him."

ManchuCandidate March 2, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Still don't get Sir Larry Olivier as Gen Douglas MacArthur. WTF.

ManchuCandidate March 2, 2012 at 3:46 pm

You're doing a heck of a job, Brownie

BaldarTFlagass March 2, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Sometimes I'm just too damn sarcastic for my own fucking good.

Golfing_OJ March 2, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Jerry probably banged Roy too, it's all a blur in Cali.

Geminisunmars March 2, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Roy never saw it coming. (sorry)

James Michael Curley March 2, 2012 at 4:43 pm

One of the great myths. Orbison was not blind although his vision required coke bottle lens to be able to see a mike three feet in front of him. Some childhood disease caused his hair to turn white around puberty and he started dyeing it black early on.

Geminisunmars March 2, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Blind or not, his voice still makes me swoon.

glasspusher March 2, 2012 at 6:13 pm

Fear not, I got that joke.

YouBetcha March 2, 2012 at 3:49 pm

I am enjoying Jerry Brown's govnaship. I don't know if it's because anyone would be an improvement following The Austrian Dubya, or because he's legitimately good.

DemmeFatale March 2, 2012 at 4:02 pm

He's an old school, butt-kicking politician.
(When being a politician was a GOOD thing.)

GOPCrusher March 2, 2012 at 5:56 pm

And being a Democrat wasn't something to be ashamed of.

IncenseDebate March 2, 2012 at 3:50 pm

A picture of Linda Ronstadt made me do wicked things to myself when I was a young teen.

weej_bain March 2, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Tumblin' the dice?

JustPixelz March 2, 2012 at 4:08 pm

A picture of her today … not so much. Personally, I haven't changed a bit since I was a young teen. But then, I don't believe in cameras or mirrors or honest self-appraisal.

gullywompr March 2, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Mmm hmm. She was right, too – I'm no good.

Say it again, Linda: Baby, I'm no good. Mmmm… no good at all…

CindynEncinitas March 2, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Tell your seeing-eye dog I said hi.

BigRadio March 2, 2012 at 4:33 pm

I would go all Mike Tyson on my dick.

chicken_thief March 2, 2012 at 4:41 pm

A tattoo on one side of the head?!

Angry_Marmot March 2, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Remember that time she squeezed into a Cub Scout uniform? My first lesson in deviancy.

horsedreamer_1 March 2, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Webelo Webelo!

fuflans March 2, 2012 at 3:50 pm

now that's my idea of taking back america.

Data Exactly March 2, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Darn it – he isn't going to get his ass handed to him anymore once dead – we want to route for him being alive now… Live, man! Liiiiiiive!!!

billy_reuben March 2, 2012 at 3:52 pm

I love a story with a happy ending.

C_R_Eature March 2, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Has anyone checked on Andy Breitbart lately? Is he still dead?

fartknocker March 2, 2012 at 4:03 pm

The death certificate will supposedly say the cause of death was President Obama. That's the latest ramblings of Alex Jones.

C_R_Eature March 2, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Yup. Always Someone Else's Fault. Signature.

BigRadio March 2, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Still an ass assassinated.

James Michael Curley March 2, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Saw one reference that an autopsy was to be done today. That thing would be out of the printer and into the Sun at 5:01 PST if Brietbart was a whore fame seeking mental midget with big tits.

FlownOver March 3, 2012 at 3:52 pm

He was.

An_Outhouse March 2, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Didn't this happen, like, last week? Hey, California, your slacker is showing. Take another hit, man.

Geminisunmars March 2, 2012 at 4:21 pm

It's never to late to report good news.

CindynEncinitas March 2, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Can't. All the dispensaries closed down.

OneYieldRegular March 2, 2012 at 3:53 pm

That deserves a Pulitzer. For Brown, I mean.

imissopus March 2, 2012 at 3:56 pm

There was a great story in the NY Times not long ago about Jerry and how he's finding the atmosphere in Sacramento on this go-round as governor as compared to the late '70s. The article opened with an anecdote: a few months ago Brown was meeting with some Teabagging legislator about the state education budget. Brown kept showing the guy documented evidence that the vast majority of education money was not going to bureaucrats' salaries. The legislator was not having any of it, and kept insisting the governor was wrong, and it was the unions bleeding the system dry that was responsible for the whole mess. Brown got so frustrated he just stood up and walked out. These guys like the legislator and the Moonie reporter just don't want to hear facts.

JustPixelz March 2, 2012 at 4:06 pm

"… the sad reporter … promptly killed himself."

Facts really are stubborn things.

GorzoTheMighty March 2, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Nice Alt text Robert Heinlein reference. So Ms. Schoekopf, do you have relatives in Germany? Does the name Frau Blucher ring a bell?

C_R_Eature March 2, 2012 at 4:32 pm

* Neeeieiiiiiegggghh! *

Steverino247 March 2, 2012 at 4:36 pm

No, but it makes nearby horses upset.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdIID_TGwhM

ttommyunger March 3, 2012 at 8:27 am

What knockers!

MosesInvests March 4, 2012 at 1:25 am

Vhy tank you, Herr Doktor!

ttommyunger March 4, 2012 at 7:01 am

Help you with your bags?

DerrickWildcat March 2, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Linda Ronstadt turned Mexican about 20 years ago.

Geminisunmars March 2, 2012 at 4:08 pm

She's always been ahead of her time.

Jukesgrrl March 2, 2012 at 5:59 pm

And then Joe Arpaio went to one of her concerts and she was never seen again.

doloras March 2, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Señor Plow no es macho, solamente un borracho.

BTWBFDIMHO March 3, 2012 at 1:04 am

…ay que dolor que dolor que me dan los dólares… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yY2S7iXyVrw

BigRadio March 2, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Hey Rebecca, this post is nowhere near depressing enough. *sigh* I miss Layne like I miss that thrombosed hemorrhoid I had.

V572 Flambé March 2, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Jerry Brown doesn't give a shit. He's not running for president or veep, and no longer cares whose ox he gores, except maybe the prison guard union. He shut down redevelopment after San Diego flagrantly abused it in attempt to pay tribute to the football team, ending the 50-year boondoggle of "tax-increment" financing, whereby redevelopment districts used steal money from schools.

Oh, yeah…dick joke.

Baconzgood March 2, 2012 at 4:13 pm

" Are you a Moonie by any chance?"

Iz tink thays callz thatz rezponze onez of tehmz "ad hom-in-ium" in teh eazt coastz whith theirz edumacatiozn.

finallyhappy March 2, 2012 at 4:14 pm

I have met the Rev. Moon- he actually touched my shoulder. I was at a Washington TImes party a lot of years ago. At that time, the Times had real reporters, writers and GAY PEOPLE working there- refugees from other real newspapers that had closed(and Peter Steiner, the New Yorker cartoonist who coined "on the internet, no one knows you are a dog")

Baconzgood March 2, 2012 at 4:26 pm

He had a face like an apple pie?

Biff March 2, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Moon Pie!

DemmeFatale March 2, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Sheesh!
Even the conservatives were tolerable back in the day.
Remember when Nixon seemed like the epitome of evil?

Pat_Pending March 2, 2012 at 4:25 pm

And to think there were actual discussions between pundits during the gubernatorial campaign as to whether Governor Brown was too cranky and irritable to be electable.

rickmaci March 2, 2012 at 6:43 pm

He is not a cranky guy but on the other hand he does not suffer fools for long.

Mahousu March 2, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Just FYI, the reporter, Kerry Picket, is a she. Dunno if she's been mass-married, though.

BarackMyWorld March 2, 2012 at 4:36 pm

I still can't believe Linda Rondstadt went from dating Jerry Brown to dating the Plow King.

Biff March 2, 2012 at 4:44 pm

When the Simpsons were still relevant.

rickmaci March 2, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Jerry Brown was a decent governor in his first two terms. Frankly, the state was flush and there just weren't the challenges that we face today. Unfortunately, he spent way too much time with a lack luster effort at running for president and that eroded his support here and left him looking cartoonish, This time around you can see the difference. He has his eye on the ball and that is rebuilding our state after years of a partisan death spiral and he doesn't really care what interests he pisses off to get the job done. I have not been this optimistic for a long time.

Steverino247 March 2, 2012 at 4:43 pm

You can attack Jerry personally all you want, he doesn't care. But, if you go after California, he will attack instantly and effectively. The guy has been everywhere on the planet and could live anywhere. He chooses to live in California because he really loves it. I hope the Moonie reporter recovers quickly from those saber cuts and horseshoe-shaped bruises.

GeorgiaBurning March 2, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Jerry's (facsimile) signature is on my diploma from Cal State-someplace off the 101, he earned my perpetual vote just for that. It's good to read he's not wasting it. (though being mayor of Oakland was close)

x111e7thst March 2, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Pretty good. I would have liked it even better if Brown had knocked the reporter down and Duran had pissed on him.

Redhead March 2, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Now THAT is awesomesauce.

Biff March 2, 2012 at 5:00 pm

It would appear our new Wonkette Overlord/Lady has already figured out the timeless Wonkette tradition of coming to work on Pacific time, and going home on Eastern time, on her first day!

rickmaci March 2, 2012 at 6:29 pm

There is something wrong with that?

anniegetyerfun March 2, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Reporter: No, actually, because when Reagan came in later on, things actually changed.

Brown: No, Reagan came before me. Reagan came after my father and then I came after Reagan.

Reporter: And then you actually lost your term thereafter, no?

Brown: No, I’m the only Democratic governor in history to serve three terms. In fact only two governors have ever served a third term.

I'm shocked, SHOCKED, that this Times Twat didn't have her most basic facts straight. SHOCKED.

Generation[redacted] March 2, 2012 at 5:02 pm

"Thank you sir, and may I have another?"

anniegetyerfun March 2, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Shorter Picket: Excuse me while I masturbate to this photo of Ronald Reagan.

DocChaos March 2, 2012 at 5:09 pm

This is why, when east coast Republitards were laughing about "Governor Moonbeam" in the spring of 2010, Californians knew he was going to kick Meg Whitman's ass from one end of the state to the other. They understood that he is not some ill-informed beltway establishment caricature, but a zen hardass who will tell you your a moron to your face while maintaining a beatific left-coast attitude. Part of the reason he trounced Whitman so badly was that we knew he was probably going to have to put a few liberal balls in the vice as well to get things done, and we didn't trust anyone else to do it.

glasspusher March 2, 2012 at 6:23 pm

That is just _so_ well said. If that campaign was a prize fight, it would have been called after the third round. Luckily for us, it had to go the distance. Just thoroughly entertaining overall. Nice to see he isn't letting it go to waste.

barto March 2, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Thank you for this, Becky! (I can call you Becky, right?)
From a guy once known as Governor Moonbeam you would think he should know a Moonie when he saw one, amirite?

rickmaci March 2, 2012 at 5:26 pm

For those who are interested, a retrospective on how the "moonbeam" nickname came about and how the guy who coined it (Mike Rokyo) ultimately concluded that EGB was the only Democrat "who understands what this country will be up against.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/07/weekinreview/07

AlaskaGrrl March 2, 2012 at 5:50 pm

"At which point, the sad reporter mumbled “Thank you, sir,” slunk off in shame, and promptly killed himself, the End."

Well damn! If we'd a know it was that easy…

RandPaulsToupee March 2, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Back in my salad days of working as a reporter instead of "working on my novel" (unemployment) I got to interview Jerry Brown a few times. He was always incredibly kind and respectful, and earned my admiration because he was such an obviously smart dude. I guess I can now pat myself on the back now, since I was a decent enough reporter to avoid being called a Moonie.

Trinket March 2, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Omg that was hawt. I'd trade my soul for video of that.

Jukesgrrl March 2, 2012 at 6:04 pm

"That’s a lie. You’re lying."

Too bad we couldn't have had Gil Duran as the moderator for one of those 7,462 debates the Republicans had. That would have been FUN-NEE.

DemonicRage March 2, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Californians: they elect The Terminator to be their Guv, then this very old, Yoda-like figure. What is going on out there? Is it true that they're also experimenting with turning sewer water back into drinking water? WHAT IS GOING ON, OUT THERE?

glasspusher March 2, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Don't knock my new job, pal.

CheeseNPear March 2, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Sounds like our governor is channeling the spirit of Steve Jobs again. (Only Jobs would have replaced "Liar"/"Moonie" with "Bozo"/"Virgin".)

Negropolis March 3, 2012 at 3:11 am

The reporter asked backed: Are you a Moonbeam?

No, no. That is way to clever a comeback for a Washington Times "journalist."

Negropolis March 3, 2012 at 3:13 am

That's no moon, Governor Brown…

ttommyunger March 3, 2012 at 8:29 am

I have no difficulty fapping to this whatsoever.

DahBoner March 3, 2012 at 9:54 am

Note to Washington: THIS IS HOW YA DO IT…

James Michael Curley March 2, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Blue Brothers or not, when ever Orbison had a big run or a big TV appearance you couldn’t find a pair of Rayban Wayfarers to save your life.

not that Dewey March 2, 2012 at 10:43 pm

Very carefully…

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