Monday, October 02, 2006

Kinky

By Heraclitus

Kinky Friedman, a Jewish cowboy singer-songwriter, is
running for governor of Texas. His campaign slogan is "Why the hell not?" Actually, if you look at the report on his campaign at the BBC, many of his proposed policies and attitudes are pretty retrograde, but, if nothing else, you have to love his song titles. "They ain't making Jews like Jesus anymore," for instance. Or, my personal favorite, which I heard on a 60 Minutes profile of him some time ago. It's an homage, or something, to Merle Haggard's "Proud to be an Okie from Muskogee." The Kinky Friedman version? "I'm Proud to an Assh*le from El Paso."

And of course he has his own
website.

But Kinky is not the only colorful character running for W.'s old job:


He is joined by the former mayor of Austin, Carole Keeton Strayhorn, who has tried to match Kinky in the nickname stakes by calling herself "one tough grandma".

In fact, she tried, unsuccessfully, to have the "grandma" put on the ballot papers.

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