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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Glad that Jerry Brown Endorsed Hillary Clinton

Good for Jerry Brown, Governor of California, to endorse Hillary Clinton today.  I met him about a decade ago when he was speaker at a conference about Marshall McLuhan at Fordham University, and our lengthy conversation before his talk confirmed what I already knew:  Jerry Brown is one of the brightest people, profoundest of thinkers, not only in politics but across the board in all professions.

He first caught my attention when he was serving as the 34th Governor of California in the mid-1970s through the early 1980s.   I was impressed by his championship of the space program, and his idea that California should get its own space effort going, with a space academy and its own satellite. This of course was not to get military advantage over an adversary, as the US space program had sought to do vis-a-vis the Soviet Union in the 1960s. Brown's idea showed a real understanding of the cosmic import of getting humans off this planet.

Brown's endorsement of Hillary also shows admirable integrity and clear thinking about what's best for the country today.  Given his nasty exchange in a 1992 Democratic debate with Bill Clinton about Hillary, Brown had every reason to go with Bernie now or sit this out.  But he correctly sees that Hillary will get the nomination, and a win in California can strengthen her hand in the battle ahead with Trump.

I look forward to Jerry Brown getting an important position that befits the depth of his intellect in the Clinton administration.

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