The Nation: The Chemistry Has Changed'

As Jerry Brown got ready to do battle in Oregon and Nevada, he discussed his campaign and his views with TIME'S Jess Cook. Highlights:

Q. Why have you said politics requires a sense of the absurd?

A. Did I say that? Well, there is a sense of going through a programmed ritual. Each person plays a role—the press, the candidate. It's repetitive. It is absurd to be saying the same thing over and over. There seems to be a premise that a good candidate can produce the Holy Grail. All you can really do is say your piece, which isn't all...

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