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California holds a prestigious designation at this week's convention: as a prime example of effective Democratic policies.

The Democratic caucus was raucous in Philadelphia Monday. 

Throughout the day, at the Democratic convention, speakers were heckled and booed by Bernie Sanders supporters.

Actress Sarah Silverman, a former Sanders backer who spoke in support of Hillary Clinton, took a lot of heat, and finally, responded with this admonition:

Even Bernie Sanders didn't escape some harassment during his speech from his supporters:

But there was one speaker who got nothing but respect and the full attention of the crowd: the First Lady, Michelle Obama.

Tuesday, children, and families will take center stage. Later this week, delegates will hear from a voice familiar to many in the Golden State: Governor Jerry Brown. 

Brown heads up the largest delegation at the convention, but for the Democratic Party, California holds another important designation: as a prime example of effective Democratic policies.

For more on this, Take Two spoke to Louis DeSipio, professor of political science and Chicano studies at UC Irvine. 


Just before the California primary last month, Governor Brown issued what many described as a pretty lukewarm endorsement of Hillary Clinton. What's the significance of him speaking before the convention, and do you expect him to bring a little more passion to his support for Clinton this time? 

Absolutely. I think Governor Brown recognizes that to continue his legacy here in California; he needs a Democratic president for the next four or eight years. Certainly, there have been some tensions between the Clintons and Governor and Governor Brown over the years.  There have been some tensions between the Clintons and the Obamas, but Mrs. Obama last night spoke with a passion for Secretary Clinton, and I would expect, maybe not as much passion out of Governor Brown, but certainly a policy defense of a Clinton presidency. 

It's worth mentioning that Brown has been called the "ultimate political insider." This election year has been called the "year of the outsider." Could this be Clinton's way of signaling that you can be part of the establishment and still get things done for ordinary people? 

You know, Governor Brown through his career has really been an outsider and now an insider. The Clintons didn't have that advantage. They were insiders from the beginning. Secretary Clinton has to speak to the anger of the flanks of the Democratic Party to counter some of the Trump messages. She's learning how to do that slowly, but I think Governor Brown will be a model for her. 

At the GOP convention last week, there was a lot of talk about failed Democratic policies. Do you think California and Jerry Brown might serve as the antidote to this messaging as the election season continues? 

This is a state that has long believed in the power of government, going back to Governor Brown's father. The resources that California has dedicated to building the economic power of the state are a model of what the government can do if it's properly managed and has sufficient resources. I wouldn't be surprised at all to see Secretary Clinton speaking about some of the successes of California as she campaigns in other states. 

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