: Roger L. Simon is wistfully nostalgic for the days of Jerry Brown. And he quickly adds that he’s not joking. I get the point. Jerry is creative; he tries to solve problems; he has vision and courage and all that is lacking in the current California crop. He’s still Jerry, though.
Which leads me to a question: Back when I covered Brown and Sacramento, Gray Davis was, of course, the power behind the throne, the guy who made crazy Jerry real, the one who made things happen. So what the hell happened to him and how come he can’t do that for himself? Is he meant to be a behind-the-scenes guy and just doesn’t act or seem human in public? Does he need a visionary so he has a vision to implement? Is it age? Just wondering.