I really hate saying anything nice about former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown -not because he's a Democrat (annoying as that may be) but specifically because he tried to screw-up one of my most successful pieces of street theater during the impeachment proceedings against William Jefferson Clinton. (More on that in a minute.)
But I am forced to acknowledge that he has a damn fine column in the San Francisco Chronicle, a left-leaning newspaper that is hemorraging red ink and laying off staff fairly regularly now.
Da Mayor has actually figured out that Sarah Palin in playing in Peoria, Pinole, and Pontiac, although the jury is still out on the Potomac.
.......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.
Suddenly, Palin and John McCain are the mavericks and Barack Obama and Joe Biden are the status quo, in a year when you don't want to be seen as defending the status quo.
From taxes to oil drilling, Democrats are now going to have to start explaining their positions.
Whenever you start having to explain things, you're on defense.
Wily Willie is a pretty shrewd dude. I know because he discovered that I planned to bring 5,000 of my closest friends to the San Francisco mansion of billionaire Gordon Getty, who was throwing a fund-raiser for Bill Clinton while the rest of the country was focusing in impeaching his lying a--.
Brown ordered the police to cut our crowd in half, separate us, in order to make the crowd look small on TV and in the newspaper. Didn't work, but Brown cackled about that trick for years afterwards.
We still managed to prevail by passing out our sexual predator alert around Pacific Heights mansions, letting the swells know we Republicans take public safety seriously when Bill Clinton is around.
I really miss the 90's...they were so much fun.