She is hardcore. Nashville is well rid of her, and hopefully she will not be able to make a comeback, and hopefully too, her successor will be replaced by a Republican in 2019. Very interesting read.
For the uninitiated, ‘Governor Moonbeam’ became Mr. Brown’s intractable sobriquet, dating back to his days as governor between 1975 and 1983, when his state led the nation in pretty much everything — its economy, environmental awareness and, yes, class-A eccentrics.
The nickname was coined by Mike Royko, the famed Chicago columnist, who in 1976 said that Mr. Brown appeared to be attracting “the moonbeam vote,” which in Chicago political parlance meant young, idealistic and nontraditional.
The term had a nice California feel, and Mr. Royko eventually began applying it when he wrote about the Golden State’s young, idealistic and nontraditional chief executive. He found endless amusement — and sometimes outright agita — in California’s oddities, calling the state “the world’s largest outdoor mental asylum.”
But as the contrast between The Tennessee Star Poll of Nashville/Davidson County and the recent Survey USA Poll of San Francisco adults indicates, even with the influx of non-Tennesseans into Nashville over the past decade, the Music City is not at all like San Francisco, even if Mayor Barry and many members of the Metro Council are trying to promote San Francisco policies here.