Brownâ€™s politics have long been tough to pigeonhole. He is personally ascetic, like the Jesuit seminarian he once was, and in his first term famously drove a plebeian Plymouth. He has always been a bit of a fiscal skinflint and now bucks liberal orthodoxy on questions like legalizing marijuana. His long-standing credo has been the â€ścanoe theoryâ€ť â€” that the best way to head in a straight line is to paddle a little to the left and then to the right. In contrast to a Legislature widely seen as left of center, he is viewed as middle of the road.
It is hard to argue when reading that description of Jerry Brown that it doesn’t also fit John Key perfectly.
John Key sits squarely in the middle, with little paddles to the left, and then little paddles to the right. So far he has got the balance in the canoe just right.
But all it takes to tip a canoe over is a rogue wave, or a boat to speed past or the canoe to spring a leak. Â Read more »