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.

10 Comments:

Anonymous Jerry said...

Kinky was on Joe Scarborough last night spouting his immigration theories and I thought of your page. The transcript should be up on MSNBC's site tomorrow or Saturday.

Great stuff, that idea about paying Mexican generals. He also refers to Pres. Bush as "George... er, the President" during the interview.

His asinine statements on immigration could be the silver bullet for proving to progressives once and for all that this man is not one of them...

8:10 AM

 
Blogger StopKinky said...

Jerry:

Thanks for the heads up. As I posted on your website, I was very sorry to hear that the Green Party was let down by the anti-Democratic features of Texas law and I hope that maybe you can find another candidate worthy of your support because we sure cannot stand another term with more of the same.

Thanks for the heads up on the Joe Scarborough interview. I can't watch that guy (how come the media made such a huge deal about Gary Condit's missing intern but completely ignored Joe Scarborough's missing intern?).

1:50 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have y'all heard what Kinky's "young and hip paid staffers" did to the volunteer coordinator of Harris County/Houston? First Kinky's "press secretary" Laura Stromberg, posted a pleas to the yahoo groups boards for the Kinky campaigns "ordering" everyone not to go to this web blog. Then they "fired" a volunteer for daring to post a book signing event on the yahoo group site, HarrisCo4Kinky@yahoogroups.com. What are they (Austin) so afraid of?

5:19 PM

 
Blogger Linda English said...

Verse Two: A west Texas coordinator was "fired" from the campaign for qestioning conflicting instructions from the Austin headquarters.

Verse Two: One of the "young and hip paid regional coordinators" at the Austin headquarters repeatedly was so rude to the Travis County (Austin) coordinator that she talked to the campaign's operations director about it. That coordinator also was fired from the campaign.

Verse Four: Another Austin volunteer questioned one of Kinky's ideas as being too Bush-like. That volunteer has been "fired" by headquarters.

Is there a trend here?

Doesn't this sound like "politics as usual?"

The honesty and independence that was hoped for from Kinky's campaign has "left the building."

9:53 AM

 
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