The last-minute bid of California Governor Jerry Brown to unseat Jimmy Carter’s nomination was a surprise in an already surprising year. Brown was a non-politician, he was left but to the right on some issues. He was a governor who distrusted politicians. He was a new Politics California Buddhist who gave up his governor’s mansion and lived in a one-bedroom apartment. Yet in this effort he would get the support of some old political machines looking to line their pockets if he won.
It raised a lot of questions about politics that are still present today.
- Should electability be a factor among primary voters?
- Can you out-new the new candidate?
- What time is the right time for candidates to ‘get out’?
- Should critics shut up to help a nominee in the general or speak their mind?
This, and the surprising figure still very much in politics today who tried to Stop Carter.