Kinky Friedman Flip-Flops On Perry

August 26th, 2011 at 11:16 am | 14 Comments |

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I wrote a piece on August 19th about how Texas Governor Rick Perry may have changed his mind about certain issues over the years.  I now want to write about another Texan who appears to have changed his mind – Kinky Friedman.

For those readers who are unfamiliar with him, Kinky Friedman is a musician and humorist who is something of a minor celebrity in Texas, particularly among my fellow Texans who think that Western Civilization reached its apex in Austin sometime around 1977.  Friedman ran against Rick Perry as an independent candidate for Governor in 2006 and considered doing so in 2010, before he dropped out of that race and ran a losing campaign for the Democratic nomination for Texas Agriculture Commissioner.

Friedman was in the news this week because he came out in favor of the Presidential ambitions of his former nemesis in a piece published at The Daily Beast.  This is rather interesting, because as the Houston Press pointed out, Friedman had some choice words for Perry as recently as in 2009, namely:

And of course Rick Perry and Kay Bailey [Hutchison] are fresh out of ideas. They’ve been in politics the whole of their adult lives, they’re in the hands of the big rich. They won’t have any ideas. So I really see myself as more of somebody who can be a true populist, who can represent the people of Texas, and I think we’re the ones getting left out by Rick Perry. He always says the state’s in the black, but we’re all in the red… Let’s have term limits – exhibit A is Rick Perry.

While Friedman admits in The Daily Beast piece that he changed his mind about Perry, he makes it sound as though he came to admire Perry soon after the 2006 race.  The Houston Press interview cited above sounds like his opinions weren’t so positive as recently as in 2009.

Obviously, this isn’t earth-shaking stuff, but maybe someone should ask Friedman a few more questions about his change of opinion.  Friedman appears to have friends in the press (who seem to like contacting him for commentary about Texas politics, for little apparent reason), so maybe one of them can ask him.

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14 Comments so far ↓

  • Frumplestiltskin

    Obviously, this isn’t earth-shaking stuff, but maybe someone should ask Friedman a few more questions about his change of opinion.

    Seriously, why would anyone care about Kinky Friedman’s (serious) opinion about this? The only time in my life I had even heard of him was in relation to his previous run, which I just thought of as a publicity stunt. (to be fair, he did give some amusing interviews, but that is all they were; amusement)
    If Friedman says something funny, then post it, otherwise I really don’t care.

  • Graychin

    Gene Simmons (musician with the group KISS and reality-show star) has also endorsed Perry.

    It’s like a celebrity tidal wave!

    • balconesfault

      And we know Perry has Ted Nugent as a big fan …

      http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,244661,00.html

      As for Kinky – I still well remember his political leanings way back in the late 70′s, when I saw him performing in a San Antonio nightclub, and he declared “I’m going to be performing at the Lone Star Cafe up in New York next week, and I’m going to go find Jane Fonda, and I’m going to grudge-f*** her against a brick wall!”

      Judging by the rest of his performance … which was, should we say, animated … Kinky was probably working with some serious chemical additives that night.

      But I’m still a big fan of both his music and his books. FWIW, I though he ran a horrible political campaign in 2006, and I say that as an early donor to his run for Governor.

  • ottovbvs

    Yes judging by the photo Kinky is just the kind of person to whom I’d entrust my life savings or turn to for advice on who to elect as president .

  • PracticalGirl

    Kinky Friedman is a media whore currently hawking a new series of audio books. He’d change his opinion about his mother if it would get him on a talk show. Who gives a shit about what he thinks or why?

    From a recent interview in Dallas: As for President Obama, Friedman says: “These days, of course, I would support Charlie Sheen over Obama.”

    Sure, this is a guy to look at to elevate political dialogue in America.

  • laingirl

    I’m not sure Kinky has ever had a serious thought about much of anything. Many here in Texas thought of his run for governor as a big joke, or ended up thinking so in the end. During his campaign he had three or four silly “platforms” that he kept repeating until everyone was sick of hearing them. One was “Let the gays marry, they should have a right to be as miserable as the rest of us.” One never knows if what he says is serious, or just an opportunity for him to try to be funny. I used to enjoy his columns when he wrote for Texas Monthly and have liked a couple of his books.

  • Churl

    No supporter of Perry is too insignificant to escape being carped at by Frum and Chums.

    • ottovbvs

      No Frum thread is too insignificant to escape one of Churl’s extensive and penetrating contributions.

  • bubba11

    Who gives a flying f?

  • rockstar

    Ok, obviously, that’s enough.

  • Herb

    As far as I could tell, the strongest argument Friedman even attempted in favor of Perry is the old “Texas rulez” nonsense that Lone Star State chauvinists are fond of repeating. Texas is indeed an awesome place with some really awesome people.

    But that still doesn’t make “Vote for the Texan” a universal value.

    • Graychin

      “Vote for the Texan” a universal value? Hardly.

      More like “Read my lips – NO… NEW… TEXANS!”

  • Bulldoglover100

    You really thought that someone named Kinky was worth writing about?? Really? …Good luck with your career choice……

    • Balsack

      The nice thing about Kinky is that he professes to be a Dog Lover. Probably he also loves Bull Dogs. But would Kinky go Mouth-to-Mouth to resuscitate a Bull Dog suffering from heat stroke or smoke inhalation during a rescue from a burning building? This possibility is still left to our imaginations.
      Hopefully, he just might.