The national press has been so good to Gov. Jerry Brown lately it was hardly surprising to see this headline above a profile in Rolling Stone: "Jerry Brown's Tough-Love California Miracle: The 75-year-old governor rescued the Golden State from financial ruin - and is reshaping a national progressive agenda."
The article, published on the magazine's website Thursday, follows recent spreads in The New York Times and The Atlantic magazine, the latter of which shimmered in the glow of a governor who "moves, talks, reacts, and laughs like someone who is in no mood, and feels no need, to slow down."
And it isn't only Brown's reaction time that impresses observers from afar. He is praised for passage of his November ballot initiative to raise taxes, for California's improving budget outlook and for his political dominance at the Capitol.
It isn't all flattery. Former California Democratic lawmaker and Brown contemporary Tom Hayden took a mild shot in the Rolling Stone piece, saying Brown is "the kind of guy who, when he knows he's wrong, argues harder."
Still, on the East Coast, there is even talk that Brown might run again for president.
He isn't, but "don't be surprised" if he does, NBC News' First Read blog said this month.
PHOTO: Gov. Jerry Brown talks to members of the press on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua