Tuesday, May 30, 2006

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."

ELECTORAL MATH

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.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Is Kinky a Trojan Horse for Perry's Re-Election?

Texas Monthly's recent gubernatorial election analysis quotes four polls and two respected election analysts. There is only one thing all the polls and analysts agree upon: Kinky will come in last place among Perry, Strayhorn, Bell, and Kinky.

Here is the most disturbing aspect of Texas Monthly's election reporting:

"Most analysts assume that if Friedman gets more than 10 percent, he could well guarantee a Perry victory, since those votes are probably coming from Bell or Strayhorn rather than from the governor."

Maybe this explains why Kinky is running as an Independent this time despite the fact that

(1) he has run for office in the past as a Republican,

(2) he voted for Bush/Cheney in 2004,

(3) his interview with Ruminator magazine confirms that he supported Bush's Iraq war,

(4) his public voting records confirm he lied about voting for Gore in 2000,

(5) he hasn't voted for a Democrat in any election at least from 1994 to 2004,

(6) he wants to take time out of the school day for prayers in public schools,

(7) he wants to post the Ten Commandments in public school classrooms,

(8) he thinks "Negro is a charming word,"

(9) he thinks "Mexico is not a poor country," and

(10) his immigration policy of hiring Mexican generals to police our border is a right-wing extremist's fantasy.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Kinky’s Offensive Views on Immigration

Kinky continues to offend with his right-wing comments on immigration.

When asked about the immigration debate, Kinky said "Mexico is not a poor country...all of these politicians are afraid of offending Hispanics. I want the border off the evening news until we get something resolved." Kinky's comments were published in the April 23 edition of the Texarkana Gazette.

These comments echo Kinky's previous comments published in the April 18 edition of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, where Kinky said "I'm taking a harder line on immigration." Kinky further explained his view that the immigration protest marchers were "half playing hooky" before he once again suggested that Texas leaders are "too afraid to offend anyone" to make decisions about the "scads of illegal Mexicans" in Texas.

Later last week, Kinky spoke at Baylor University to further discuss his immigration plan. The April 27 edition of the Baylor newspaper reported on Kinky's plan:

"His strategy for border patrol is called Five Mexican Generals. He said five Mexican generals would divide the border into five pieces and would be paid to protect the border. But if an immigrant crossed the border illegally, they would lose $5,000 from their payment."

Finally, it is unclear if Kinky still backs his prior policy statements that, as governor of Texas, he would support the building of a wall along the Texas-Mexico border