7.20.2006

Kinky?

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This Washington Post story about Kinky Friedman is very well written. And once you read it, you will see why a Jewish, devout democrat living in Texas, is conflicted. I don't know who to vote for. I can tell you it won't be Perry. I've hated him since he was our Ag. Commish. He's just a head of hair, which is all our Gov really is anyway. But, Texas's gov has a lot of figureheadedness since one became **shudder** President. So here's the dilemma, and I think it's a dilemma lots of Dems are facing these days.

Do I vote for Kinky, the independent who would likely embarrass the state, piss off everyone (including sometimes me and my feminist kind), but who really cares about real issues (education, housing, health care, jobs, environment).

Do I vote for What's-his-name, the Democratic candidate, who has about a snowball's chance in hell of getting elected in this 87% or so Republican state?

Or do I vote for **shudder** Republican not so cleverly disguised as Independent "Grandma" Keeton Rylander Strayhorn, who if she can't keep her name to save her dignity or her political career, what is she going to sell us out for, but has the best chance of being elected 2nd to Governor Good Hair?

Here are my thoughts on the issue:
I love the Democratic party, as flawed and flailing as it is. I think we have the true family values. Values of tolerance, inclusiveness, economic realities (hello budget) and concern (hello social services). I want to kick it in the arse, though. We need strong candidates, but seriously, can you blame anyone in their right mind (who is most likely a Democrat) for not wanting to run for public office when you are surrounded by and competing with a bunch of idiots? I mean Chris Bell seems like an excellent public servant, slightly boring, gets along well with most groups, doesn't yell freakishly, and he's not so good looking or charismatic that every woman on his campaign or leading a political caucus will want to sleep with him, or claim they did. But, that's the problem, too. We've frightened away the really electable ones. I don't want to throw my vote away. I still believe I can make a difference. (I'm still stinging from fickle, less-than-one-term, State Rep. Todd Baxter's win by 46 votes, ok, so it's better now, but still!)

Carole is who I thought I was going to vote for, until the past few days when I've begun to think about the realities of who she is and who the other candidates are. I reasoned that she is the only one with a chance to dethrone the R incumbent and give Texas fresh look. She appeals to my still buring love for Ann Richards. But who am I kidding, she's no Ann. She's an R and that's the one reason she does have a chance to get elected. I can't vote for an R;I wouldn't respect myself in the morning. And I don't respect her, although I do love her for giving Perry hell.

Which is why voting for Kinkster is looking more and more like my best option. I may still give it an old D vote, just for moral support, to let them know we are still here, don't forget us. But, I may swing to the Jewish cowboy. Either way, it's a symbolic vote. Ain't no way either of these men will make it to the Gov's mansion. I hope I'm wrong, but I'm not betting the odds.

3 Comments:

At 7/20/2006 11:44 AM, Blogger StopKinky said...

If you are conflicted about voting for Kinky, please let me offer these thoughts:

Texas Monthly's recent election reporting includes this analysis:

"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."

That concerns me, and it makes me wonder if Kinky wouldn't be too disappointed if Perry wins in light of these ten facts about Kinky and his candidacy:

(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.

 
At 7/20/2006 12:24 PM, Blogger The Princess Bride said...

Wow, someone actually reading my blog? Thanks! I really appreciate you taking the time to comment. I've read the Texas Monthly article and it's one of the reasons I'm conflicted. I'm reading through your blog now. I don't find too many of the articles you link to unreasonable, other than he is also an R in sheep's clothing, something I hadn't paid much attention to before. I am probably more educated on this issue than most people and I'm feeling very clueless! Can you imagine how the rest of those unsure voters are feeling.

That said, even I know to look at the whole and remember that many comments can be taken out of context and, in Kinky's case, many are said for the PR effect. Consider these thoughts from Kinky's website:

Q: How does Kinky feel about abortion?
A: Kinky believes in a woman's right to choose.


Q: What is Kinky's position on gay marriage?
A: Kinky supports gay marriage and equal rights for homosexuals. He believes that the constitution protects everyone.

I don't know what to make of him.

BTW - I'm proud there's a D out there still willing to fight the fight, one blog at a time.

 
At 7/20/2006 2:14 PM, Blogger StopKinky said...

On gay civil union rights, I'd be more impressed with Kinky if he bothered to vote when the issue was on the ballot in Texas (he didn't vote).

On women's reproductive rights, I'd be more impressed if

(1) he didn't flat refuse to answer whether or not he supported those rights for a whole year after he announced his candidacy (when asked for his position, he'd always say "I'm not pro-choice, I'm not pro-life, I'm pro-football"),

(2) when asked about whether or nor he supports repeal of the Texas law that demands that women seeking reproductive health counseling be MISINFORMED that there is a link between abortion and cervical cancer (doctors agree there isn't), Kinky said "I'm not sure."

 

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