Even though Brown has spent countless hours with Republican legislators, not to mention all the time he's worked the Democrats to get their half of the compromise, he still doesn't have a budget deal.
Now that his months of behind-the-scenes talks on solving the state's chronic budget crisis have come up short, the Jerry Brown we've known is mostly back. He's speaking out again.
Five members of the Republican state Senate minority once again are in the driver's seat and they're determined to run the state right over the cliff.
While most eyes focused on governors are zeroing in on the Wisconsin union-busting scheme, Brown is on a full-court press to balance the biggest state budget shortfall in the country.
Brown has proposed a combination of big cuts and big tax extensions, which has advocates on all sides screaming and defending their turf. He says the tough medicine is needed now to prevent worse things to come.
It's the fate of Jerry Brown, the 34th and 39th governor of California, to succeed Republican movie stars as governor. Of course, Arnold Schwarzenegger is a much bigger movie star than Ronald Reagan ever dreamed of being.
In the long and winding road that is Jerry Brown's life, there has been no shortage of odysseys. But with 2010 drawing to a close, and Brown confronting one of the greatest crises of governance seen in a modern state, it's worth looking at this particular one.
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What lies ahead in California is a costly, multimillion dollar ballot fight designed by anti-immigrant groups to divide families, communities, and coalitions.
The dust is still settling on Brown's resounding landslide victory by a margin of more than 1.2 million votes over billionaire Meg Whitman. The race was by far the costliest non-presidential campaign in American history.
While the GOP hopes to attract Latino voters by simply running Hispanic candidates, Republicans will lose out big unless the party changes course and stops demonizing immigrants and Latinos.
Contrary to Republican analogies, government does not operate like your family. Government is not run like a business. Government protects the greater good of all, with the ever-changing consent of those it serves.
When the postmortem is finished, don't be surprised if it looks like California survived the Republican wave because its candidates remembered to talk to the voters who were likely to vote for them in the first place.
For all the mud and money thrown around Tuesday, the results in California at least show that democracy isn't for sale when its supporters have the right tactics. We need to start practicing them today.