As NewsBusters readers know all too well, Democratic elected officials across the fruited plain are used to softball interviews from their adoring media.
That’s not what California Governor Jerry Brown got Wednesday when conservative talk radio host Larry Elder told him, “You’re unhappy because I’m not kissing your butt. I’m not going to do it” (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):
During their ten minute chat, Brown and Elder discussed overcrowding in California’s prisons, as well as the controversial bullet train.
When Elder pointed out that there’s no way this train will be run without state subsidies, Brown replied, “You don’t think the freeways are run with subsidies? The airports are run with subsidies. Come on. It costs money.”
“If you’re one of these anti-government guys who wants to dismantle the basic infrastructure of civilization,” Brown continued, “you and I have a disagreement.”
“Now who’s being rude and unfair?” responded Elder. “I never said anything about dismantling government.”
“Sure you are,” Brown objected.
“The people that voted for this bullet train if they had a chance to vote for it again would turn it down,” countered Elder.
“That’s what you think,” replied Brown. “I don’t agree with that.”
Then things seemed to take an ugly turn.