Kinky Is No Jesse Ventura (Setting the Bar Low)
Whenever anyone points out that Kinky’s campaign is doomed to fail (unless Kinky's real goal is re-electing Perry), the Kinky campaign is quick to draw an analogy to Jesse Ventura’s godawful tenure as governor of Minnesota.
This is a bad analogy for several reasons.
PRIOR POLITICAL EXPERIENCE
Jesse (a decorated Navy SEAL) was elected in 1990 as mayor of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, and served through 1995 before he was elected governor of Minnesota.
Kinky’s prior political experience is his unsuccessful run as a Republican candidate for justice of the peace in Kerr County in 1986.
SUPPORT OF A POLITICAL ORGANIZATION
Jesse was elected governor of Minnesota on the Reform Party ticket, which was organized before he began his campaign.
Kinky has no similar base of support.
SUPPORT FROM LIBERTARIANS AND CHURCH-STATE SEPARATISTS
Jesse famously won the support of Libertarians and others who value the separation of church and state when he said that "organized religion ... tells people to go out and stick their noses in other people's business."
Kinky says "I'm for prayer in school" and for posting the Ten Commandments in "the public schools ... where they belong."
Jesse won with 37% of the vote as the centrist candidate in a three-way race with no incumbent in state where the Democrats and Republicans and Independents each comprise about a third of the electorate.
Kinky is running as a far right candidate on some issues (immigration, religion in public schools, privatizing public school athletics to corporate high bidders, etc.) and from the left on other issues (outlawing cat declawing) in a four-way race with a Republican incumbent in a state where Republicans enjoy a majority of support and Democrats outnumber Independents.