The “Good Brown” was on vivid display Tuesday — the prudent, sage governor respected by Californians of wide-ranging political beliefs.
This was the popular, dominant side of Gov. Jerry Brown’s emerging legacy — the adult in the state Capitol, the political tutor, the check on runaway spending.
It’s why he was elected to third and fourth terms — a record that can never be broken under current term limits — and why he retains high job approval ratings in every poll.
Budget crafting is when Brown earns his kudos, even if grudgingly.
The “Bad Brown” for some of the same admirers is the old “Moonbeam” — I hate that tag, but for many gray-hairs it still sticks — who can...