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Texan MeFites, finally there's a candidate you can believe in. Singer/Songwriter, novelist and now statesman. God bless america...
posted by jonmc (44 comments total)

 
"I'm a Jew, I'll hire good people."

Jewish, in Texas? Is that even legal?
posted by mr_crash_davis at 7:25 AM on January 12, 2005


He's a Jewish country singer born in Palestine, Texas on Halloween, crash. In short, he's a great American.
posted by jonmc at 7:27 AM on January 12, 2005


I thought Kinky always wanted to be in politics. Just took him fifteen years to get around to it.
posted by fungible at 7:28 AM on January 12, 2005


He's fabulous and funny as hell; I have most of his books and even one of his CDs. This almost - well, kinda - makes me want to move to Texas so I ccould vote for him. Now, if only Hunter Thompson would run in Colorado, politics would start getting interesting again.
posted by mygothlaundry at 7:33 AM on January 12, 2005


Oh my God. He's serious.
posted by ColdChef at 7:42 AM on January 12, 2005


This has been around for a while, but I'm glad to see it's getting some attention here.

Best campaign slogan ever: "Why the hell not?"
posted by mudpuppie at 7:48 AM on January 12, 2005


Damn, when I saw the FPP, I was kind of hoping it was Steve Earle. But, Kinky is cool... I'll take that too.
posted by psmealey at 7:54 AM on January 12, 2005


Can't wait for the yard signs, I might have to get two:
Kinky for Governor
Why the hell not?
posted by erisfree at 7:57 AM on January 12, 2005


Ride 'em Texas jewboy!
posted by DonnieSticks at 8:21 AM on January 12, 2005


Crash, there's lots of Jews in Texas. Some of the first Texans were Jewish, diaspora-ed into Northern Mexico, South Texas, and New Mexico. Around 1900-1920 the ports of New York and Boston started turning away immigrant boats and a lot of them went to New Orleans and Galveston instead.

Kinky's definitely one of the Great Texans, up there with Willie Nelson and Ann Richards. He has an amazing home for unwanted dogs and he supports causes he believes in with his time and money.
posted by pomegranate at 8:22 AM on January 12, 2005


Kinky is an excellent candidate for Gov. In fact, he may be overqualified.

And after all, you don't really need to be a political genius as the role is largely ceremonial. The Speaker of the Texas House sets the agenda. The fact W ran for president based on his experience as a governor still makes me chuckle.
posted by birdherder at 8:43 AM on January 12, 2005


You go Kinky!

And I second the nomination of Hunter Thompson for Colorado.
posted by nofundy at 8:47 AM on January 12, 2005


And I second the nomination of Hunter Thompson for Colorado.

Only if it's for Governor. He lives in Aspen, which is the epitome of everything I loathe in the world (see Ted Conover's Whiteout) and I'd rather he was in charge of something cooler.
posted by jonmc at 8:50 AM on January 12, 2005


Um, I've sat next to Hunter. I wouldn't nominate him to safely drive me home.
posted by miss lynnster at 8:52 AM on January 12, 2005


As a transplanted Texan (I moved from Jersey this past summer), Kinky Friedman is the best thing about Texas Montlhy.
posted by ShawnStruck at 9:02 AM on January 12, 2005


There is hope for America. Texas, anyway.
posted by cairnish at 9:08 AM on January 12, 2005


I want to move to Texas so I can vote for him. Guess I'll have to tell my Texan friends to do so in my stead.
posted by absalom at 9:11 AM on January 12, 2005


Did anyone see the MSNBC feature and interview with him? Absolutely great! The best part is when said the job of Texas governor did not involved any "heavy lifting."
posted by Bag Man at 9:30 AM on January 12, 2005


“If elected, I would ask Willie Nelson to be the head of the Texas Rangers and Laura Bush to take charge of education in the state. I'd ask my Palestinian hairdresser, Farouk Shami, to be Texas ' ambassador to Israel . We've worked together to create Farouk & Friedman olive oil. The oil comes from the Holy land and all of the profits go to benefit Israeli and Palestinian children.”

He's got my vote!
posted by puke & cry at 9:31 AM on January 12, 2005


Right on. Good to see Kinky get a nod here. Very nice, very talented guy. He is definitely one of our good ones.
posted by First Post at 9:49 AM on January 12, 2005


I can't vote for a guy that advocates outlawing the de-clawing of cats.

I'm not so sure about the casino gambling supporting schools, either.
posted by Doohickie at 9:59 AM on January 12, 2005


He was featured on PBS's Do You Speak American recently. I thought they spent too much time on Texas and California, but Kinky's segment was interesting.
posted by BigFatWhale at 10:12 AM on January 12, 2005


When I've heard him on the Imus show he's said his slogan would be: "How hard can it be?" He'd get my vote.
posted by mmahaffie at 10:37 AM on January 12, 2005


I really hope he does run and takes it seriously. He might just be able to "Ventura" his way into the Governor's seat. I'm not sure who will be running for the Republicans (there will be probably be a power struggle, Rick Perry isn't very well liked) and the Democrats sure as hell won't run anybody worth a shit.

So, why the hell not?
posted by jefbla at 10:48 AM on January 12, 2005


It would be a treat to hear "They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jesus Anymore" sung at an inauguration gala.
posted by jonmc at 10:56 AM on January 12, 2005


Um, I've sat next to Hunter. I wouldn't nominate him to safely drive me home.
posted by miss lynnster at 8:52 AM PST on January 12


And yet he would still be a significant improvement in our base-line political critter. At least the guy is honest, ya' know?
posted by nofundy at 11:00 AM on January 12, 2005


I put my "He's not Kinky, he's my Governor" bumper sticker on my car yesterday.
posted by Mamapotomus at 11:00 AM on January 12, 2005


He lives in Aspen, which is the epitome of everything I loathe in the world

I can tell you've never been to Aspen. Perhaps you should consider actually visiting there before making such brash and bigoted statements? Its really quite nice.
posted by nofundy at 11:03 AM on January 12, 2005


From the description in Conover's book, it sounds like someplace I'd hate. Dosen't mean it's a bad place, just not for me.
posted by jonmc at 11:10 AM on January 12, 2005


Not to mention, I couldn't afford to rent space over a heating grate in Aspen, let alone a hotel room.
posted by jonmc at 11:27 AM on January 12, 2005


Yeah, jon, quit being bigoted against rich white people.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 11:59 AM on January 12, 2005


That was disconcerting to me too, crash. nofundy defending the hometown of Amerika'$ filthy rich oligarchy? They'll revoke his Wild-Eyed Radical membership.
posted by jonmc at 12:02 PM on January 12, 2005


I'm not sure who will be running for the Republicans...

That would be either incumbent Rick Perry, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, or Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn.

Personally, I'd like to see the battle of the campaign slogans between Kinky and Carole.

"Why the hell not?" vs. "One tough Grandma"
posted by rush at 12:29 PM on January 12, 2005


That was disconcerting to me too, crash. nofundy defending the hometown of Amerika'$ filthy rich oligarchy? They'll revoke his Wild-Eyed Radical membership.
posted by jonmc at 12:02 PM PST on January 12


How little your blinders allow you to see ... its the hypocrisy and such, wealth in and of itself is value neutral. Now, if you want to attack certain parts of Aspen (like the prince's residences), that's another matter but the natural beauty of the place is undeniable and the working stiffs there are decent folks.

Sorry for the Kinky derail folks.

Go Kinky!!
posted by nofundy at 12:53 PM on January 12, 2005


This Texan would like to see him name Molly Ivins for his running mate.
posted by ahimsakid at 1:01 PM on January 12, 2005


How little your blinders allow you to see ... its the hypocrisy and such, wealth in and of itself is value neutral. Now, if you want to attack certain parts of Aspen (like the prince's residences), that's another matter but the natural beauty of the place is undeniable and the working stiffs there are decent folks.

I'm sure it is naturally beautiful. And the hypocrisy is exactly what turns me off to the town. And while I'm sure there are plenty of nice people there, I sincerely doubt that any of the "working stiffs" can afford to actually live in outrageously expensive Aspen, especially the large number of undocumented Mexians doing housework for the movie stars and captains of industry. Conover's book goes into this in detail. The liberalism of convenience practiced in places like Aspen causes a lot of resentment in people, and it gives the far right a nice juicy target to make mockery of.

Plus, I detest New Age crystal fondlers, and I'm not much for skiing.

Just read Whiteout, you see what I'm talking about.

Go Kinky!
posted by jonmc at 1:09 PM on January 12, 2005


This Texan would like to see him name Molly Ivins for his running mate.

That same Texan needs to revisit 7th grade history -- Texas governors don't have running mates. ; )
posted by mudpuppie at 2:44 PM on January 12, 2005


From the back cover of Whiteout:

Celebrity photographer Annie Liebovitz actually finds someone who doesn't want his picture taken: Hunter Thompson.

For what it's worth. I mean, since you were all talking about Mr Thompson and Aspen and all.

Oh, never mind.

Vote for Friedman.
posted by IndigoJones at 2:48 PM on January 12, 2005


Kinky's definitely one of the Great Texans, up there with Willie Nelson and Ann Richards.

Don't forget Lance "wears tight pants, wins in France" Armstrong. He's from Austin.
posted by fixedgear at 3:03 PM on January 12, 2005


Don't forget Lance "wears tight pants, wins in France" Armstrong. He's from Austin.

No, he's *from* Plano. He's transplanted to Austin. Can't say I blame him, but .....yeah.

Anyhow, one of my old college buddies who now lives in Austin is supposedly well involved in Kinky's campaign (or he said he was as of last April, when last I talked with him). Graned, the major thrust of him joining was just so he could smoke out with Willie, but he's a smart guy and can probably offer some kind of something to the Friedster. If I can score some free swag, jonmc, I'll send some up your way for distro to the NYC folk.
posted by Ufez Jones at 11:18 PM on January 12, 2005


Sweeet.
posted by jonmc at 6:44 AM on January 13, 2005


I think I'm a little late to this thread, but I just wanted to mention that this isn't much compared to the Austin 2002 mayoral election.

Leslie is an Austin favorite, often found riding his bike Sixth St. in white jean daisy dukes at a polka-dot bikini.
posted by hue at 1:38 PM on January 13, 2005


check here for a pic of Leslie.
posted by hue at 1:40 PM on January 13, 2005


Ah Leslie. How I miss her so. Her and Jennifer Gale.
posted by ColdChef at 7:22 AM on January 14, 2005


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