The Sage: Willie Brown

When I lived in the Bay Area, long, long ago, in a life far, far away, Willie Brown was the Speaker of the California General Assembly. I detested the man and thought that every syllable he uttered was total, utter nonsense. Now I suspect that if I knew more about Mr. Brown today, I’d probably still detest the man.

However, Willie wrote an article last Sunday titled “Palin floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee” that was very observant and pointed out some key items that the Dems should note. First, he points out that they need to get off defense and go on offense:

The Democrats are in trouble. Sarah Palin has totally changed the dynamics of this campaign.


Palin’s speech to the GOP National Convention on Wednesday has set it up so that the Republicans are now on offense and Democrats are on defense. And we don’t do well on defense.

You’re right, Willie. The Dems do NOT do well on defense, and that has been shown repeatedly this week. They are bumbling around like the Keystone Kops, trying to keep The One from tripping over his words (again), but in vain. Mr. Teleprompter cannot seem to make a point without someone reciting it to him, and his now infamous “pig and fish” comments about McCain and Palin just go to prove it. He may not have meant to insult Palin with the “pig” illustration, but when you’re on defense, stuff like that seems to hit you head on. This comment from Willie illustrates that:

Whenever you start having to explain things, you’re on defense.

Exactly. And that’s what’s happening right now.

Willie continues:

She didn’t have to prove she was “of the people.” She really is the people.There is one thing she should have done: announced when her 17-year-old daughter and the teenage father of the girl’s unborn child are getting married and invited all of us to the wedding. It should be like Sunday at church.

He’s right. That would have been an incredible coup. She’s an every-woman, and inviting folks to the wedding would have gone farther towards writing off that entire stink. And with Palin’s delivery, it would have been taken quite sincerely.

Brown then makes what I believe is the most salient point in his article:

If she can answer questions like she handled herself at the convention, Palin will turn out to be the most interesting person in all of politics, and the press will treat her like they treated Obama when he was first discovered.

Bingo. I believe someone else here at Redstate made that observation recently – Obama is no longer the “rock star” – Sarah Palin is. She bumped him off the Billboard Hot 100, clear into the “One Hit Wonders” bin.Oh, and Willie’s last bit of sage advice:

By the way, a note to John McCain: Get rid of the suits.

McCain is best with an open collar, his sleeves rolled up and in a Western shirt.

He doesn’t come off well in suits at all.

They make him look old.

And Cindy – keep the hair up.

He’s right again. McCain needs to go with the younger look. It’s less Bush-esque, and it helps defuse some of the mutterings about his age. And it’s in line with his “maverick man of the people” image.

But I disagree with Willie on one account – Ms. Palin needs to keep the hair down. I don’t dig the librarian look.