Why Jerry Brown Keeps Running

Experts wrote off Brown as a flaky visionary, but many voters see him as the candidate of the disaffected

As the collection basket passes through the crowd, Jerry Brown delivers a 45- minute homily on reclaiming the soul of the Democratic Party and bringing an end to "the whole stinking mess in Washington." His audience is 1,500 students, professors and supporters gathered at the college in Kalamazoo, Mich., where the student center is attached to a shopping mall. He blasts those at the top for prospering at the expense of those at the bottom, and condemns those he claims would send American jobs to low-wage Mexico. He says, "Thomas Jefferson said we need a revolution every 20 years. Well, it's...

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