We have the late, great Mike Royko to thank for Jerry Brown’s enduring nickname. In the ’70s, during Mr. Brown’s first tenure as California’s (rather eccentric) chief executive, the acerbic Chicago columnist dubbed him “Governor Moonbeam.”
The name may have stuck, but with age, we wager, can come common sense, even wisdom. Such seems to be the case with Jerry Brown.
Deeply uncertain that legalization of marijuana is a capital idea for the Golden State, the once-and-present governor had this to say last Sunday during an NBC interview:
“The world’s pretty dangerous, very competitive. I think we need to stay alert, if not 24 hours a day, more than some of the potheads may be able to put together.”
That said, Mr. Brown added he is keeping a wary eye on Colorado and Washington, states now in the throes of regulating the growth and sale of “recreational” marijuana.
“I’d really like those two states to show us how it’s going to work,” Mr. Brown said.
One can almost hear his skepticism seeping through. Mike Royko would be proud.