- The Washington Times - Friday, December 14, 2018

Democratic California Gov. Jerry Brown criticized his own party this week as the party of “yes,” arguing that his state needs a stronger Republican Party to rein in Democrats from moving too far to the left.

“You need someone to disagree, to criticize, to offer an alternative, and that’s what the two parties can do,” the outgoing governor told NPR in a Tuesday interview. “The next four years, it’s going to become even more difficult, because the weakness of the Republican Party has let the Democratic Party, I think, get further out than I think the majority of people want.”

Mr. Brown, who will be succeeded by Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom on Jan. 7, said support for the Republicans in his state had been weakening over the past 20 years and that President Trump “accelerated their irrelevance.” He argued, however, that there’s a “big opening” for Republican leadership in California if they can “get back to Lincoln, to Earl Warren … think about Eisenhower. Think about Gerald Ford.”

“There’ve been a number of Republicans who’ve been wise, who’ve made an important contribution,” Mr. Brown said. “And I think the Democrats have no lock on wisdom or on sustainability or on the things that people want to identify with. So there’s a big opening.

“The Republicans, their problem, is at least in California, they only know how to say ‘no,’” he added. “Now on the other hand, the Democrats’ problem is they only know how to say ‘yes,’ even to harebrained schemes. So there is plenty of room for wise people that talk sense to the American people and to the people in California.”

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