There is no subject that Gov. Jerry Brown likes to talk about more on the world stage than California's efforts to combat climate change, which means he fits in well with tonight's theme of protecting the nation.
Brown, who announced California's delegation votes for president from the floor on Tuesday, skipped the Democratic National Convention in 2012. But this time he seems eager to play the roles of senior statesman and champion of an issue on which Democrats are passionate.
"Of the one or two big issues that face the world, the alteration of the climate is fundamental," said Brown in an online video interview with the Washington Post on Tuesday. "In California, we are doing more than anyone else. But relative to the challenge, we're just getting going and time is running out."
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Some Republican operatives and commentators sounded off about President Obama's speech on Twitter, remarking that it was optimistic compared to Donald Trump's speech last week.
Rich Lowry, editor of the conservative National Review, tweeted, "they're trying to take all our stuff" after Obama invoked President Reagan's use of the phrase "shining city on a hill" to describe the United States.
American exceptionalism and greatness, shining city on hill, founding documents, etc--they're trying to take all our stuff
It’s unusual for a retiring president to go on the offensive so directly against one of the candidates running to succeed him. A traditionalist might consider it unbecoming. In 2008, for example, George W. Bush never talked that way about Barack Obama.
But Obama not only holds Trump in contempt (he has ridiculed him before); he clearly views the Republican nominee as a direct threat to his legacy. Not merely the political legacy of his economic stimulus, his healthcare law and his energy projects, but – more important – the legacy of his battered but still lovely 2012 dream of "One America."