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    California Attorney General and democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown speaks during a campaign rally at Cafe Coyote on November 1, 2010 in San Diego, California. With one day to go until election day, Jerry Brown is wrapping up his three day campaign trip throughout California in hopes of defeating his republican challenger and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman.

    Gov-elect Jerry Brown has posted the application form to apply for an appointment in his new administration right here.

    A few observations. The first is that it seems unseemly to ask so many nakedly political questions. Yes, these are political appointments, but shouldn't competence and experience, not loyalty, be the real test?

    The second observation: How would any mortal answer a question like No. 31: "Have you ever had any association with any person or group or business venture which could be used, even unfairly, to impugn or question your character and qualifications for the requested appointment?"

    "Even unfairly?" Where to begin? 

    Hey, Jerry, some of us live in Los Angeles. We associate with questionable characters every time we walk out the front door.