In his Monday column, George Skelton takes stock of how Brown has changed from his first round in the governor's office, which lasted from 1975 to 1983.
"Brown was not a very good governor during his first stint," Skelton says. "He was entertaining but distracted by presidential ambition, running two losing races."
That short attention span seems to be a thing of the past.
"As his governing experience increases, Brown becomes more and more effective," Skelton says. "Brown — further educated by his tenures as Oakland mayor and state attorney general — has become more focused and selective in his priorities."
All of Skelton's columns are here.