The big story of 2015 may be the emergence of Gov. Jerry Brown as the new national leader of the Democratic Party. That’s not due to anything Brown has done, but rather the thrashing the Democrats suffered in 2014 that has left them a leaderless party with both a weakened President and an uncertain President-in-Waiting, according to City Watch LA.
Gov. Brown’s embrace of climate change and all things green plays very well with wealthy liberal white Democrats; he has special appeal to Latinos that turned out to be a less than solid Democratic constituency in 2014. And he has California. With 4,388,368 votes, 60 percent of the total, Gov. Brown in 2014 received by far more votes than any other Democrat in the United States; his closest successful Democratic governors were Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York, with 1,706,438 votes, and Gov-elect Tom Wolf, Pennsylvania, with 1,920,355 votes.
Does Brown have any competition withing his party? You bet. His main competition is coming from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
Sen. Warren may have built a reputation among progressives as a warrior of the middle class, but after yesterday’s Democratic rebellion on Capitol Hill, she’s no lone soldier. She’s got herself a whole army, and they are promising to wage war long after the GOP takes control of the full Congress next year, according to the Boston Herald.
Here in Orange County there are pockets of liberal Democrats in Huntington Beach and in Irvine who back Warren. She is also popular with the Occupy crowd. But Brown is the man in Orange County’s blue donut hole, Santa Ana, because of his support for Latinos and for immigration.
What does it say about the Democrats however that they are looking to an aging Brown and a rabid liberal in Warren for party leadership?
It should be noted that Brown despises the Clintons. He will not be running for President in 2016 but I would find it hard to imagine that he might even consider supporting Hillary Clinton if there are any other options. If Vice President Joe Biden runs you can bet that Brown will back him instead. Old white guys have to stick together!