New Governor, New Style

A law-and-order champion takes office in California

First the Republican version: for eight long years, Californians were subject to the "moonbeam" visions of their erratic Governor, Jerry Brown. Now they are about to enjoy the steady political professionalism of their new Governor, George Deukmejian, who in his inaugural address last week called for a return to a "commonsense society."

Now the Democratic version: Californians are losing an exhilarating, compassionate leader, a pioneer in appointing women, blacks, Hispanics and Asians to help govern the nation's most populous state. They are getting, instead, a humdrum politician,...