Willie Brown’s ‘Poontronage’ Didn’t Start with Kamala Harris

With Kamala Harris in the running for the White House, trashing Donald Trump, knocking down border walls and touting Medicare for all, readers just can’t get enough “Poontronage.” That’s the tale of how the junior U.S. senator from California got her start under veteran Democrat shot-caller Willie Brown, now 84 years old.

The Nation claims it’s a recent trend, but “Poontronage” emerged last spring, along with “The Harris Poll,” to inform us all about Kamala’s storied past. So the Left wasn’t paying attention back then, but scribes are now hitting up Brown about his understudy Harris.

“Yes, we dated. It was more than 20 years ago,” Brown wrote over the weekend. “Yes, I may have influenced her career by appointing her to two state commissions when I was Assembly speaker.” Harris is 30 years younger than Brown, who was married at the time. If Harris had not gone along on the “dates,” would she have been awarded with two highly paid sinecures? The establishment media showed no curiosity, but Brown wasn’t done being chatty.

He told reporters he also influenced the careers of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and California’s senior senator, Dianne Feinstein. But Willie left out a key back story about his promotional skills.

When Willie Met Nancy and Dianne
As Daniel Flynn shows in Cult City: Jim Jones, Harvey Milk, and 10 Days that Shook San Francisco, Willie Brown was a supporter of Jim Jones, whom he compared to Einstein and Martin Luther King. Jones was a big hit with San Francisco Democrats of the time. They even gave Jones a seat on the city housing commission. The African-American Brown, then a state assemblyman, had traction with Cuba’s white Communist dictator Fidel Castro. Brown wrote a letter urging Castro to extend an official state visit to Jones, a “close personal friend and highly trusted brother in the struggle for liberation.”

Brown claims he influenced the career of Pelosi, who is closer to Brown’s age bracket, and nothing has emerged about any “dates” with the speaker. On the other hand, like Brown, Pelosi was fond of praising Communists.

“Harry Bridges was arguably the most significant labor leader of the twentieth century,” Pelosi wrote in the Congressional Record in 2001, on the 100th anniversary of Bridges’ birth. Bridges was “beloved by the workers of this nation, and recognized as one of the most important labor leaders in the world” and his International Longshoremen’s and Warehousemen’s Union was “the most progressive union of the time.”

At the time Pelosi’s tribute drew little if any news coverage. But in 2007, when she was calling for unconditional withdrawal from Iraq, it came to the attention of Joshua Muravchik, former chairman of the Young People’s Socialist League. Muravchik wrote a Weekly Standard piece headlined “Pelosi’s Favorite Stalinist,” highlighting Bridges’ career as a Communist and Soviet agent.

Loyal to the Communist Party even during the Stalin-Hitler Pact, Bridges was a member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party USA. As Soviet archives confirmed, the Kremlin directly approved Bridges for the post. All this was well known by 2001, when Pelosi celebrated Bridges in the Congressional Record. As Muravchik wrote, Pelosi was “far to the left” and a poor judge of good guys and bad guys.

Pelosi is also close friends with fellow California Democrat Barbara Lee, one of Fidel Castro’s most fervent apologists in Congress. Pelosi also praised Communist-front candidate Vincent Hallinan and his wife Vivian, who “opposed U.S. policy in Central America” under President Reagan, “befriended Daniel Ortega,” and met with Cuban dictator Castro. “She was a role model for many of us,” Pelosi wrote.

Pelosi is now 78 and, to put it mildly, she often demonstrates a low threshold of lucidity. Democrats admit their party stands in need of younger leadership and a more centrist stance. Even so, the shot-caller remains Nancy Pelosi, an admirer of Soviet agents and Stalinist swamp-sows with sulfuric hatred for the United States. So no surprise that Pelosi goes catatonic over a president aiming to make America great again. As the late Jeane Kirkpatrick once said, the San Francisco Democrats always blame America first.

Feinstein’s China Ties
At 85, San Francisco Democrat Dianne Feinstein is in Willie’s wheelhouse, but no “dates” have emerged in connection with the senator and former San Francisco mayor. On the other hand, Feinstein betrays a familiar pattern with Communist dictatorships.

As Ben Weingarten noted in The Federalist last year, “for the last 40 years, no politician in America has arguably maintained a deeper, more longstanding and friendlier relationship with China, at the highest levels of its ruling Communist Party, than Feinstein.” As Weingarten showed, Feinstein promoted most favored nation status for China, downplayed the 1989 Tienanmen Square massacre, and even objected to arms sales to Taiwan by the Obama Administration. On top of all that, a Chinese Communist spy found a home on Feinstein’s staff for 20 years.

Feinstein made light of it and fired the fellow but there was no arrest, no trial, and no congressional investigation. On the other hand, Special Counsel Robert Mueller sent a dozen heavily armed FBI agents to arrest President Trump’s pal Roger Stone, 66, who was unarmed, not a foreign spy, not a flight risk, and who committed no violent crime.

No such military-style raid was required for the arrest of “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski, whose 17-year bombing spree killed three people and injured 24. There’s something happening here, as the Buffalo Springfield said, and it’s becoming pretty clear what it is.

Photo Credit: CA.Gov

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About Lloyd Billingsley

Lloyd Billingsley is the author of Hollywood Party and other books including Bill of Writes and Barack ‘em Up: A Literary Investigation. His journalism has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Spectator (London) and many other publications. Billingsley serves as a policy fellow with the Independent Institute.