Those of you who hoped for one reason or other that California Gov. Jerry Brown would tease us all with a refusal to rule out a 2016 presidential bid got some bad news yesterday, as reported by Seema Mehta of the LA Times:
Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday that he will not run for president in 2016, dashing political speculation that he might make a fourth bid for the White House.
“No, that’s not in the cards. Unfortunately,” he told reporters at a news conference before brightening about his current job: “Actually, California is a lot more governable.”
Brown, who ran for president in 1976, 1980 and 1992, was the subject of some speculation recently when his office did not categorically rule out another run, the governor was touting his work in California as a template for the nation and some activists named him as an alternative to former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is weighing a bid.
So Jerry won’t become our first octogenarian president (he’ll turn 78 in April of 2016). And those frantic to find someone willing to at least talk about challenging Hillary Clinton will have to make do with Brian Schweitzer, whose own quirkiness makes Brown seem a most conventional politician. More about that later.