The Jeffersonian: Politicks, Sports, and Culture

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Ken Rodriguez Blows... My Mind

What is that, a piece on Kinky Friedman that's not fluff?

In a small auditorium at UTSA, Kinky "I'm Not A Politician" Friedman is stumping for political support.

He undresses the governor — and himself — with R-rated humor: "I've got a head of hair better than Rick Perry — but it's in a place I can't show you."

He likens Republican and Democratic lawmakers in Austin to warring street gangs: "The Crips and the Bloods only get off their (expletive) to attack each other."

He strokes the egos of his student audience: "If the young people vote in this election, it will be over. ... A big turnout means I will be governor."

Between bursts of applause and peals of laughter, one student after another asks a question. They want specifics.

What, for example, does Kinky propose to do about illegal immigrants in Texas?

"First, we need to focus on the problem," Kinky says.

And then?

Then Kinky rambles and changes the subject.


Kinky's campaign quips beg lots of questions. He provides few answers.

To wit: He says he favors returning prayer to schools. He says he wants to restore the Ten Commandments in classrooms. "It's not right for one atheist to throw prayer out," Kinky says.

But when a student asks how he plans to bring back prayer, Kinky, for a moment, turns silent and pale. Like maybe he swallowed a red-hot chili pepper and doesn't know where to find a beer to douse the fire.

"I'm running for governor, not God," Kinky finally says. "I'm not going to shove prayer down anyone's throat."

Maybe after two plus years of campaigning the Kinky train has finally gotten stale. Maybe Ross Ramsey's words up in Austin a couple of days ago gave these guys enough cover to actually pay attention to what Kinky says after the initial quip.

I don't know, but it's about damn time.

More info over at BOR here and here.

Update: Kinky, when asked about specifics on how he would bring back prayer in school, say this- "I'm running for governor, not God. I'm not going to shove prayer down anyone's throat." Remember, that's his pro-school prayer quote.

Now over at BOR, here's his quote when asked to elaborate on his pro-choice stance- "No... I'm running for Governor, not God."

How can this same quote cover both his pro-school prayer and pro-choice stances? He's running for Governor, not God (Didn't know you could run for the latter. If so, please let me know who I need to contact for the filing papers and when the filing deadline is, thank you.)- so therefore he'll do a real good job in protecting your right to choose and prayer in school?

I don't understand.