In Brown's telling, he's the bigger victim -- the target of a record-breaking onslaught of political ads funded by his billionaire opponent, Whitman.
In Whitman's telling, Democratic unions are regularly victimizing her with their attacks. Whitman has a name for these tormentors -- Jerry Brown Inc. -- which I suppose would make the former corporate executive-turned-gubernatorial candidate a victim of... a big bad corporation! Oh, sweet irony.
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Why do they do this? Sympathy is politically valuable, so each wants to make the case that he or she is being treated unfairly. And in anti-incumbent year, each candidate is trying to look like the outsider, the underdog.
But these constant claims of victimhood aren't attractive. A governor shouldn't sound like a victim. Life is tough and unfair. That goes double for politics. Memo to Meg and Jerry: stop the whining.