Jerry Brown Compares Meg Whitman to Goebbels

California gubernatorial race turns ugly early
By Marie Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 11, 2010 5:10 PM CDT
Jerry Brown Compares Meg Whitman to Goebbels
After winning the Republican nomination for governor of California, Meg Whitman talks to reporters at a post-primary election celebration in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, June 9, 2010   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

(Newser) – Jerry Brown has $20 million in his California gubernatorial campaign coffers, but the $71 million Meg Whitman spent in securing the Republican nomination has her Democratic opponent worried—so worried he's comparing her to Nazi leader Joseph Goebbels. "Goebbels invented this kind of propaganda," California's current AG said this week. "He took control of the whole world."

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"She wants to be president," Brown continued. "That's her ambition, the first woman president. That's what this is all about." Brown was jogging near Oakland when he ran into the KCBS radio reporter who broke the story on his blog, thoroughly burying the lead. Joe Garofoli of the San Francisco Chronicle picks up the analysis: "Dropping the Nazi bomb is the the quickest, most hackneyed (and yes, most offensive) way to demonize an opponent. When in doubt? Drop a 'Goebbels.'" Whitman, not unexpectedly, is steamed.
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