Kinky Really Didn’t Endorse Perry


The Daily Beast asked Kinky Friedman, who has run against Perry for Governor of Texas in the past, to write an article about Perry. They titled it “Kinky For Perry.” Everyone is saying this is an endorsement, but it’s not.

This morning on a 740 am radio interview, Kinky said he never endorses anyone. He said he felt since everyone was bashing on Perry so badly, he would write some positive things about him. And that he did:

“….simply put, Rick Perry and I are incapable of resisting each other’s charm. He is not only a good sport, he is a good, kindhearted man, and he once sat in on drums with ZZ Top. A guy like that can’t be all bad. When I ran for governor of Texas as an independent in 2006, the Crips and the Bloods ganged up on me. When I lost, I drove off in a 1937 Snit, refusing to concede to Perry. Three days later Rick called to give me a gracious little pep talk, effectively talking me down from jumping off the bridge of my nose. Very few others were calling at that time, by the way. Such is the nature of winning and losing and politicians and life. You might call what Rick did an act of random kindness. Yet in my mind it made him more than a politician, more than a musician; it made him a mensch.”

I just love that he calls Republicans and Democrats “Crips and Bloods.” Kinky is hysterical. Anyway, Kinky says what I say about Perry. People can be mad at him about the Gardasil thing, or the immigration thing, or his religious fervor, but no one can deny that is a gracious kind man.

That is not a common trait in most politicians. So, it’s worth considering, but we need more than kindness to get us out of this hole we are in. Kinky has something to say about that too:

More to the point, could Rick Perry fix the economy? Hell, yes! Texas is exhibit A; Rick’s fingerprints are all over it. He’s been governor since Christ was a cowboy. The Lone Star State is booming. The last time I checked, Texas is kicking in a hell of a lot of the U.S. GDP. Unemployment is lower than the vast majority of the other states.

Kinky is known for saying classic lines. He said one this morning. “Never re-elect anyone.”

That would probably solve most of our problems right there.

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