Thursday, June 15, 2006

Kinky "will end up in the single digits"

For the second time in two months, Texas Monthly has yet another detailed election analysis (from a different analyst) confirming that Kinky has no chance:

"Nobody in the business of politics gives Kinky Friedman a chance to win, including me. … Perry’s strategists say that Friedman’s negatives are twice as high as his positives…. The model for his race, of course, is wrestler Jesse Ventura’s upset victory as the standard-bearer for Minnesota’s Independence party, then known as the Reform party, in that state’s three-way governor’s race of 1998…[but] as many observers have noted, the rules in Minnesota are far different from those here. Minnesota has instant voter registration, so young male wrestling fans could walk into the polls on Election Day and vote for their guy. That can’t happen in Texas. Another night-and-day difference between Minnesota and Texas is that the former has public financing of state elections while Texas, of course, does not. Friedman will benefit from plenty of free media coverage, but the conventional wisdom is that he will end up in the single digits."

8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The article in Texas Monthly does not point out that, because Mr. Friedman has released yet another book, he's in the race for the publicity. Hope his book sales are good. He's not going to sleep in our Governors' Mansion.

12:40 PM

 
Blogger StopKinky said...

That's a good point.

In addition, the Texas Monthly articles don't mention that the Country Music Channel has been running a reality TV show based on Kinky's campaign. Just imagine how well Strayhorn or Bell would be polling if they had that kind of free publicity.

8:36 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess that's the price the other candidates have to pay for being largely forgettable.

5:00 PM

 
Blogger Linda English said...

It has become more and more obvious that Kinky Friedman is just a "Baby" Bush. The pictures of Kinky standing side by side with Bush and Bush's cronies, the support of Bush's war in Iraq, the support of a fence (good grief) along our southern border (we liked the Mexican generals story better; at least that was clever), Kinky's declaration that Bush is a good man in Republican clothing (what the heck does that mean?), etc. will turn any tide that may be running for him the other way.

The November election is the time to sweep the war-mongering, deficit-making, civil rights-taking, environment-raping folks out of office.

After researching the candidates thoroughly, I'm throwing my support to Chris Bell. At least he's fresh and excited about politics, owing no favors to any group. He's honest. He's moral. Bell's a dynamic person with forward-looking ideas for Texas. Certainly is refreshing to hear a candidate speak of actual solutions rather than in generalizations.

There are no fresh ideas from the Friedman camp. Certainly no solutions for the multiple problems plaguing Texas and Texans are evident. (Just what are those young, hip folks we hear about doing?) Kinky is on a publicity chase: no more, no less. His news letters to his volunteers are two-pronged: they ask for money or ask the recipiants to buy Kinky "merchandise." Wouldn't you think he'd be talking about issues and solutions?

Wonder how the sales numbers of Kinky's latest book release are doing?

8:57 PM

 
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