Ira Stoll on Jerry Brown's Vetoes and the Limits of Progressivism

Make no mistake about it, Governor Brown is on the left. He’s for gay marriage and green energy. When he ran for president against Bill Clinton in the 1992 Democratic primary, his claim to fame was refusing to accept campaign contributions larger than $100. Yet on Sunday, September 30, Governor Brown angered left-wing advocacy groups by announcing that he was rejecting a series of pieces of Democrat-sponsored legislation that amount to a catalog of left-wing ideas that are so bad they are unacceptable. Even, writes Ira Stoll, for a left-wing governor.

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