Debra J. Saunders

Now that the Democrats have a supermajority, Brown is going to feel what it is to be righteously right. Party progressives will be clamoring for new programs and creative tax hikes that threaten to destabilize state coffers.

"No spending splurges," state Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, assured me. California needs "job growth."

It's hard to imagine such discipline lasting. By nature, Democrats spend too much. Without the check of the GOP, there will be only Brown to slow that runaway train.

Forget "I think I can." For the next two years, Brown will be muttering to himself, as if to Democratic leaders, "No, you don't." In his dreams, Brown will be seeing Gray Davis -- the governor voters recalled in 2003, in part because of a party-driven tripling of the vehicle license fee.

During Brown's first stint as governor, columnist Mike Royko dubbed him "Governor Moonbeam." The second time around, Brown could become known as "Governor No."

Debra J. Saunders

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