Lou Cannon assesses California politics and governance in a recent piece for Politics Daily. As usual, Lou resists easy ideological categorization. A former White House correspondent for the Washington Post and Ronald Reagan’s chief biographer, Lou is often perceived as a conservative. But in this piece, he quotes Carey McWilliams and California Budget Project director Jean Ross.
I interviewed Lou for American Prophet. He told me he quoted McWilliams in all of his books. They became acquainted after Lou began his first book, on Reagan and Jess Unruh. Later, he lectured in McWilliams’s class at UCLA.