Monday, March 27, 2006

Kinky The Politician

As mentioned below, the San Antonio Express-News's Ken Rodriguez began his insightful piece on the Kinky campaign by noting the hypocrisy of Kinky's "I'm Not a Politician" political campaign:
“In a small auditorium at UTSA, Kinky 'I'm Not A Politician' Friedman is stumping for political support.”
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Who's buying this peculiar idea that Kinky's not a politician? Generally, you can differentiate the politicians from the rest of us because we non-politicians have never run for political office, and we'll tell you exactly what we think about any topic without first weighing how it will affect our political future, and we're not prone to cronyism. Against these standards, Kinky is MOST DEFINITELY A POLITICIAN.

First, he's previously run for office (unsuccessfully) as a Republican. Truly, is the difference between a politician and a non-politician success at the election box or is it seeking political office? I think repeated efforts to win elected political offices is the hallmark of a politician. Clearly, Kinky’s a politician. He’s just not a successful politician.

Kinky running for political office as an independent, instead of running as a Republican (the last party he voted with and the last party he ran for office under) seems to be the COMSUMATE ACT OF A POLITICIAN. How is Kinky's move from the Republican party to an independent candidacy any less "political" that Carole KMRS's similar move? It’s not. Kinky is just as much a political opportunist as Carole KMRS.

Next, take the important issue of abortion. Kinky wouldn't give a straight answer on this issue for some time:
CNN: As for other issue, his positions are a little hazier. Take abortion.
KINKY: And I'm not pro-life, and I'm not pro choice. I'm pro football!
CNN: Now that's evasive, man, that's evasive.
Now he claims to be pro-choice. That initial waffling followed by a nicely executed flip-flop is nothing if not political.

Finally, Kinky pretends to be a different kind of candidate, but already he's said that he wants to appoint his biggest campaign contributor to the office of Secretary of State. How much more blatantly political cronyism does it take to brand this clown a politician?

4 Comments:

Blogger Sal Costello said...

Why the hell not? Because Kinky is irresponsible.

As candidate for Governor he only voted once in the past 12 years!

There were hundreds of candidates running in the primaries throughout Texas, maybe thousands. Kinky didn't give a rat's ass about any of them.

The 10 million who normally wouldn't vote in the primary were not enough for his 45,000 sigs. So he told people not to vote. That's irresponsible in my book, and it has ramifications for every one of the candidates who ran in Texas.

In contrast, independent candidate Carole Strayhorn told folks to go vote for pro-education candidates and vote against tollers.

This past weekend he was caught by the Associated Press violating Texas law as he was seen drinking beer while in a car.

OK, so the guy might be funny to some folks. But one liners are certainly not solutions. Heck, I like Bozo the clown, but I wouldn't consider voting for him for county dog catcher.

Kinky has no shame. He's so desperate, his car was parked out in front of Strayhorn's campaign office this week to try and intercept signatures from folks going to one tough grandma's house to sign.

Years ago, the National Organization for Women named Kinky Friedman "Male Chauvinist Pig of the Year" for his song, "Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in the Bed."

The fact is Kinky is not serious about this Governor position. He's using this campaign as an opportunity to sell a few more books and a few more tickets for his upcoming tour after the November election.

That's the real joke on Texans. But we can't afford the distraction if we are serious about removing special interest Gov. Perry.

To be a viable candidate for Governor, Kinky knows millions of dollars are needed to communicate with millions of Texans. Strayhorn is the only candidate with the millions to take on special interest Governor Perry. When it comes right down to it, this is a two person race. Strayhorn and Perry.

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6:17 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are all full of BS.

8:44 AM

 
Blogger StopKinky said...

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9:48 AM

 
Blogger StopKinky said...

Sal:

I think you make some interesting points, but there is no real scenario where this is a two-person Perry-Carole KMSR race.

If you assume that novelty joke candidate Kinky gets any significant number of votes, there is no real race because the anti-Perry vote cannot stand to be split three ways.

If you assume that Punk'd candidate Kinky fails to get any significant number of votes, Bell stands a better chance of challenging Perry than Carole KMSR. There is some good analysis of the factors supporting this conclusion at Lone Star Project and in The Abilene Reporter News, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and Austin's KTBC news.

9:55 AM

 

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