LA Times — Three liberal federal judges — relics of the Jimmy Carter era — are trying to force Gov. Jerry Brown to release nearly 10,000 criminals from state prisons. Politically, it doesn't get much better for a governor.
The judges are threatening to hold Brown in contempt of court if he refuses to free the felons.
Go ahead, to paraphrase a former Carmel mayor, make his day. Fine him.
That's one fine, I suspect, most California taxpayers would gladly pay for a governor trying to keep bad guys behind bars.
Except if I were an ambitious state controller like John Chiang, I'd refuse to write the check.
Then what? The federal government could retaliate by withholding funds from the state, such as money to help pay for poor people's medical care. Would President Obama really allow that? He has more political smarts. You'd think.
The judges could order federal marshals to open the cell doors. Brown then could stand in one, a la segregationist Alabama Gov. George Wallace. That certainly didn't hurt Wallace politically.
And Wallace was shamefully standing in the schoolhouse door trying to protect a university's bigotry from integration by black students. Brown would be heroically protecting citizens from thugs.
The marshals could slap cuffs on the governor and drag him off to jail. Can't visualize that, either. But there'd be no better way for him to campaign for reelection next year. continue reading...