"The budget I present next week will be painful, but it will be an honest budget," Brown pledged Monday.
Does he honestly believe he can sell the public on tax increases they've already rejected? If he pushes spending cuts, does he honestly believe that Democrats won't undermine him, as they undermined Davis?
Or is he just throwing out sham proposals in the hope that the economy will rebound and save him? That was at the heart of Meg Whitman's secret plan, too.