The Father of the California Referendum: Hiram Johnson
“â€¦ Hiram Johnson, who had never before run for office, to seek the Republican nomination for governor. He was a risky choice. A volatile man prone to black moods and even suicidal fantasies, he had exchanged blows with opposing lawyers in the courtroom and called for retributions against jurors if they were to let off the San Francisco labor boss Reuf. (The jury, thus threatened, voted to convict.) In a letter to a friend, Johnson confessed that he did not possess the right temperament for public office.”
Page 26, California Crackup. How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It, by Joe Mathews and Mark Paul, University of California Press, 2010, ISBN: 9780520266568
You could rewrite this as:
“â€¦ Meg Whitman, who had never before run for office, to seek the Republican nomination for governor. She is a risky choice. A volatile woman prone to black moods and even violence toward her employees. She also never bothered to vote most of her life. If she had a friend, she might confess in a letter to that poor devil that she did not possess the right temperament for public office, if she had enough introspection, character and guts to realize it.”
But that’s not what it says, is it?
Jerry Brown for Governor.
Please God, if you have any mercy left in You for California.