Everyone knows that California is going down the tubes in large part because its governing class has performed miserably. So you might think that Meg Whitman would be just what the doctor ordered, someone from the business world who could extricate the state from the death-grip of career politicians. By the same token, Jerry Brown, the oldest of political old boys, is the last guy you’d expect to rectify a generation of political malpractice.
The point of this Brown ad is to remind Californians that they've already tried turning the page by recalling Gray Davis and electing Arnold Schwarzenegger. Who has the stomach to go through that again?
Knowing that he could never convince Californians that no one as old (in politician years) as he is could ever be new again, Brown’s arguing that anyone who looks new is really old anyway. So it’s time for Californians to turn the page on turning the page by electing the guy who was governor before it ever occurred to their parents to think about turning the page.
I'd say a little prayer for my not being a Californian if I didn't live in New York.