The Jeffersonian: Politicks, Sports, and Culture

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Concerning Kinky

(Demosthenses becoming my very own, weekend irregular. I don't agree with alot of this, namely the argument that Dems will be lumped together in to the 'status quo' pile. If you agree with that, then I'm here to deliver your wake-up call Mr. and Mrs. Van Winkle. Doesn't mean that, much to my chagrin, people won't view it this way though.

Still, you need to hear something more than my incoherent ramblings from time to time.)


I'm not supporting Kinky. He is an idiotic candidate. However, he's going to
pull votes.

I've spoken with a couple of Democrats, who are going to support Kinky. Are they doing so because they like Kinky's campaign platform? No, they really don’t care about his platform. Are they doing so because these people are ignorant? No, they're quite well informed, politically.

People do vote for crazy populist candidates, who seem to lack serious substance. Populist candidates tend to have a message of “I’ll clean the place out”, or anti-corruption. Kinky basically has the same approach. Populists have the sense of being cleaner, even if they’re crazy. It works, because populists inherently agitate against the status quo, and it’s the status quo that’s seen as corrupt.

A problem for Democrats is that with Kinky’s stances, he’s not going to draw as much from Republicans as he is from Democrats. He’s pro-choice and pro-gay marriage. How many people on the Conservative side of the culture war are going to hold their nose on those? If you look at the things Kinky says on his site, those are things Democrats could go for, especially if you don’t take the school prayer thing all that seriously. At this stage in the game, many Democrats might just hold their nose at that, to get the other things. (Not that they’re going to get anything from an incompetent boob in the governor’s mansion, but results is beside the point)

Now, if you don’t think it works, look at Silvio Berlusconi, Jörg Haider, Pim Fortuyn, Hugo Chavez, and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Three of those guys run their country now. One might have done so, if he hadn’t been shot six days before the election. Also, even Hamas didn’t really expect to win this recent election, but why did they? They had a populist anti-corruption message. I think Democrats really need to take this guy seriously, and stop dismissing him as a clown, even if he is one. Our biggest problem is that I don’t think Chris Bell is going to become a crazy populist, who’s going to siphon off any of that popular dismay with the status quo.