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California Gov. Gavin Newsom has a way with words. He also loves the sound of his own voice so much that he often keeps talking when he ought to shut up. Or at least talk out of only one side of his mouth. Such was definitely the case during his recent State of the State address, when he told the world he was backing off of the Golden State’s ambitious high speed rail program. But then when news outlets shockingly reported what he said, he got all bent and accused us of getting it all wrong. Sigh. Worse, as the Los Angeles Times reports, his words activated the Bloviator in Chief, who instantly said he was pulling all federal money from the plan and demanding the state return even more cash it had already received. They also earned him an unflattering nickname from the Sacramento Bee editorial board: Governor Gaslight.