Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Molly Ivins Explains Why Kinky is Wrong

Of course, it is no surprise that Molly Ivins would endorse the Democrat who is also the most progressive candidate in the race.


Yet there have been many Kinky supporters who have misrepresented that Molly supported Kinky.


Fortunately, Molly has corrected those Kinky supporters who have been touting that Ann Richards supported Kinky (false) and that Molly Ivins supports Kinky (also false).


Here are Molly's sage thoughts on the matter:


By Molly Ivins


Chris Bell for governor! I know, I know, it’s stop the presses, Ivins favors Democrat! But the Kinky Friedman candidacy is worn thin and no fun. Besides, we actually have a good chance to get Rick Perry out of office. After six years in office, the Coiffure is at 36 percent approval. He gets another four years, I don’t think we’ll have a public school system left—he really does intend to destroy it, at far-right GOP donor Jim Leininger’s bidding, you know. We may never again get a chance to do our state such a great service. This could be the Alamo of elections.


For those, like me, who believe in music and laughter in politics, Kinky Friedman appeared to be a natural—and besides, how hard can it be?


It turns out, a little harder than Kinky is willing to make an effort to go. In an excruciating interview with the Dallas Morning News, Friedman not only got about half his facts wrong (this is why we accuse Bush of misleading people), but also demonstrated that he does not understand school finance or taxes, nor does he have any intention of trying to do so.


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One of the great mysteries of this race is why Carole Keeton Strayhorn has imploded almost as fast as Friedman. The only reason Friedman is still in the race is because of free media: Reporters were all so bored by the thought of another snoozer Republican victory, they fought to keep Friedman’s candidacy alive long past the point when it was clear that the Kinkster was in it entirely for ego and publicity. I still like the idea—maybe next time, we should get a funny, smart musician who cares enough to study up a little. Marcia Ball, anyone? Joe Ely?


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Bell is looking like a better bet because: (A) He has the Democratic base vote going for him, and (B) Perry is just so lame. As we start down the stretch, Bell is picking up on the outside, Perry is still at 35 percent after a year, Strayhorn is fading and Kinky stopped to poop on the track.


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There was a bit of flap recently when Liz Smith claimed the late Ann Richards would have been in favor of Kinky for governor. Maybe Liz knew Ann better than I did. But I’d bet not. Listening to her memorial service, I was reminded how hard we fought and how tough it was. I thought of the slippage since she left office—blacks and browns left out again. All we have to do to win this is get Democrats to vote. Let’s make it a vote for Annie.

7 Comments:

Blogger Analytische said...

Kinky Friedman, Marketing Genius
Kinky Friedman, an independent candidate for the Governor of the Great State of Texas, is a amazing marketing genius. The persona. The style. The swagger. The Cuban Cigars. The wicked humour. All of which fits a great niche in Texas... the authentic and off-beat. That's why people drive around Texas with bumper stickers that say "Keep Austin Weird" and virtually everyone in the state from all walks of life know and understand this imperative.

Anyway, Kinky Friedman is a marketing genius for, if anything else, one excellent tactic: His marketing slogan, motto (Tag-line).

I quote here:

"Kinky Friedman for Governor, WHY THE HELL NOT?"

I'd vote for him just because of this campaign slogan! It matches the concise and direct-hit targeting of Alfred E. Neuman's "What, Me Worry?". Yeah, I'm a voter who can be swayed by juvenile humour. The approach is fresh and unique and sets him apart from politics as usual. Imagine Governor Perry using the same campaign motto? Don't think so either! Kinky's campaign strategy should be taught in all future university Intro to marketing and public relations classes. (This tag-line could be used to sell virtually any product known to mankind. "Try Cheese-whiz, WHY THE HELL NOT?". "You know you want a Mercedes, WHY THE HELL NOT?" The possibilities are endless.

Now, would I want Kinky to actually RUN the state of Texas? To paraphrase his Kinky-ness, HELL NO. But I'd like to read his books now. Didn't know who he was until he ran for office. From that angle Kinky has done a fantastic job of self-promotion. His career will grow and prosper from this entertaining run for political office. He might even scare the serious politicos into doing something useful in Austin for once. Black Hats and Cuban Cigars off to Kinky! Huzzah! Why the hell not?

http://analytische.blogspot.com/

10:46 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why Can't Molly Make Up Her Mind?

Flip: Ms. Ivins said in an interview, "I'm a great believer in entertainment in politics," adding that Texas had a tradition of singing governors. Mr. Friedman may not have much of a shot, she said, "but it's clear he's running, because he recently straightened his hair."

Flop: The Kinky Friedman candidacy is worn thin and no fun.

She clearly can't be trusted.

But seriously, add Molly to the list of people who either don't get it, or that other list full of paranoid and delusionally hopeful Democrats. Kinky isn't peeling away the Democratic base. Either your base left long before Kinky the candidate hit the scene, or your base is voting Democrat. Done. Take your party faithful and leave Kinky out of your silly evangelization efforts. Kinky wants the 71% of voting age Texans who didn't vote in the last gubernatorial election, the 71% who are looking for someone to inspire them. If you Democrats want to motivate people you think ought to be voting Democrat, why don’t you just find a better candidate? No need for the Kinky hatin', folks, it’s just that simple.

3:21 PM

 
Blogger wbcnews said...

LATEST WBCNEWS/KWBU NEWSTALK 1080 POLL:


FRIEDMAN: 43%
PERRY: 33%
STRAYHORN: 13%
BELL: 9%
OTHER: 1%

1:52 PM

 
Blogger Linda English said...

Analytische, we have to agree with you. Kinky Friedman is self-serving, a self-promoting marketing talent who started this campaign as a joke … and now seems baffled by those who have fallen in line behind him. The complete lack of depth in his candidacy proves his bafflement.

Kinky certainly showed poorly in the gubernatorial debate this evening. His answers often were off-topic, poorly organized or nonsensical. How anyone who is serious about occupying the Governor’s Mansion can remain so ill-informed on the issues constantly amazes. We’ll give him this: Kinky’s undoubtedly sold a goodly number of books because of his candidacy. More power to him on this point. We like to see a fellow get ahead.

Seems all Kinky’s getting from the “irritated” (his word in the debate) members of his headquarters staff is a lack of usable information. They do, however, excel in sending a constant barrage of messages asking for money.

The marketing slogan, "Kinky Friedman for Governor, WHY THE HELL NOT?" says it all. That’s the very best reason for Kinky's candidacy. Remember that this all started as a joke, folks. He certainly does not stand tall on the issues … and appears to have little to no real comprehension of many of them. His approach, as you stated, often is based on “juvenile humor” and nothing more.

Don’t know about you, but if I’m going to fly, I want someone at the stick who has, at the very least, read the flight manual.

Kinky certainly would not give us “politics as usual.” I find it frightening to contemplate him making appointments like Willie Nelson (whose music I adore) to helm our Texas Department of Energy. So Willie runs his bus on biodiesel. Does this make him an energy expert? I think not. Why aren’t any of the candidates discussing solar, wind, thermal or hydrogen fuel cell power? None of these energy forms pollute the planet and all are infinitely renewable.

As to Lance Armstrong heading our Texas education? Good grief. Our own Texas hero may be able to pedal fast, but what on earth qualifies him to lead our school children through a successful educational process?

As for anonymous: Molly Ivins has not flip flopped re her position on Kinky. Believe you’re confusing flip flop with Kinky or Carol. Molly’s never supported Kinky. She made a few clever comments about Kinky which you obviously misconstrued. And believe me, Molly definitely “gets it.” She’s neither paranoid nor delusional, but a lady and a writer who can well be defined as a true Texas treasure in the Ann Richards vein. Molly points out political foibles, mistakes and gaffes with pinpoint humor. When she states that Kinky’s candidacy is thin and no fun, she’s dead on. Whether she takes on the President, Congress or a gubernatorial candidate, her word can be trusted.

10:46 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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4:03 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How come Kinky only wins the on-line polls where felons, children, non-Texans, and other non-voters can vote as many times as they want but when pollsters do the polling Kinky comes in last or near to last place?

10:57 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deleting comments now are we? The truth hurts.

Allow me to rephrase that last comment and hopefully put it past the censors: As Friday's debate proves, the democrat couldn't inspire himself out of a wet paper bag. Chris Bell was a poor, poor choice for Texas democrats who desperately needed a likeable, Clintonesque figure. Not expecting to win, they threw Bell a bone figuring it didn't matter which lamb they offered up for sacrifice. Now all the sudden they think he has a snowball's chance in heck, but you just can't dress him up as a winner. Sorry Texas Dems, it's all too little, too late.

5:35 AM

 

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