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Brown and Clinton, Under the Microscope

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Brown and Clinton, Under the Microscope

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: (AFP-OUT) Former U.S. President Bill Clinton speaks during the closing plenary session of the annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) on September 23, 2010 in New York City. President Obama was speaking to introduce First Lady Michelle Obama. The sixth annual meeting of the CGI gathers prominent individuals in politics, business, science, academics, religion and entertainment to discuss global issues such as climate change and the reconstruction of Haiti. The event, founded by Clinton after he left office, is held the same week as the General Assembly at the United Nations, when most world leaders are in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)

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How would you feel if, just before a big job interview, a former competitor of yours showed up? This competitor was a person whom you didn't like much, whom had beaten you out for a big job you wanted 20 years ago. But now, you needed this competitor's support to win the new job. What kind of mixed emotions would you feel? Would you be nervous?

This is Jerry Brown's predicament this weekend.

Bill Clinton, who beat Brown in the bitter 1992 campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, is in California this weekend for two rallies in support of Brown and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, the Democratic nominee for governor. These events hold plenty of perils for Brown and put the difficult relationship between Brown and Clinton in the spotlight. I explain more in a column in The Daily Beast.

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