Like a baseball pitcher who starts a game by throwing at the hitter's head, Gov. Jerry Brown began his State of the State speech by departing from his prepared text and firing a brushback at legislative Republicans.
Brown noted that Republicans had issued a response to his speech the previous day -- some 24 hours before he gave it.
"I'll let you in on a little secret," said Brown. "My speech wasn't finished 24 hours ago."
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Addressing Republican leaders, he continued, "I didn't know you were psychics," and sarcastically congratulated the GOP on having the power of "pre-cognition" (the same power that the precogs had to predict future crimes in Steven Spielberg's film Minority Report).
Sticking in the knife, he added: "After the speech, I want to check with you on some stock tips."
Brown's riff was funny, but it also set a tone that won't make cooperation with Republicans any easier. Of course, Republicans weren't that inclined to cooperate with Brown even before the speech.