"These opportunities don't come up too much in Sacramento," said Bill Whalen, a GOP political consultant who was an advisor to former Gov. Pete Wilson.
"If I'm the Republicans … I would argue for a minimalist approach," he said. "Be able to declare victory and retreat. … That should have been part of the calculus."
Yes, the Governor also came up short. He was banking on there being four such rational Republicans in the State legislature. There weren't, and now Republicans will have no say in the State's budget decisions for the next fifteen months. Those decisions will be tough--but they will be far tougher on Republicans than on Democrats.
UPDATE: GOP hatchet ad, blaming Brown of course, is just too dumb.