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Kinky for Perry
Daily Beast ^ | August 25, 2011 | Kinky Friedman

Posted on 08/25/2011 12:37:24 AM PDT by hocndoc

Kinky Friedman once ran against Rick Perry for the Texas governorship. So would the singer and writer vote for him for president? Hell, yes! The world’s most famous Jewish cowboy on why he wants to live in Rick Perry’s America. by Kinky Friedman | August 24, 2011 7:45 PM EDT

Rick Perry has never lost an election; I’ve never won one. Maybe that’s what’s wrong with the world. On the other hand, I’ve long been friends with Bill Clinton and George W., and Rick Perry and I, though at times bitter adversaries, have remained friends as well. It’s not always easy to maintain friendships with politicians. To paraphrase Charles Lamb, you have to work at it like some men toil after virtue.

I have been quoted as saying that when I die, I am to be cremated, and the ashes are to be thrown in Rick Perry’s hair. Yet, 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.

These days, of course, I would support Charlie Sheen over Obama. Obama has done for the economy what pantyhose did for foreplay. Obama has been perpetually behind the curve. If the issue of the day is jobs and the economy, Rick Perry is certainly the nuts-and-bolts kind of guy you want in there. Even though my pal and fellow Texan Paul Begala has pointed out that no self-respecting Mexican would sneak across the border for one of Rick Perry’s low-level jobs, the stats don’t entirely lie. Compared with the rest of the country, Texas is kicking major ass in terms of jobs and the economy, and Rick should get credit for that, just as Obama should get credit for saying “No comment” to the young people of the Iranian revolution.

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. Hell, we could probably even find a job for Paul Begala.

As a Jewish cowboy (or “Juusshh,” as we say in Texas), I know Rick Perry to be a true friend of Israel, like Bill Clinton and George W. before him. There exists a visceral John Wayne kinship between Israelis and Texans, and Rick Perry gets it. That’s why he’s visited Israel on many more occasions than Obama, who’s been there exactly zero times as president. If I were Obama I wouldn’t go either. His favorability rating in Israel once clocked in at 4 percent. Say what you will about the Israelis, but they are not slow out of the chute. They know who their friends are. On the topic of the Holy Land, there remains the little matter of God. God talks to televangelists, football coaches, and people in mental hospitals. Why shouldn’t he talk to Rick Perry? In the spirit of Joseph Heller, I have a covenant with God. I leave him alone and he leaves me alone. If, however, I have a big problem, I ask God for the answer. He tells Rick Perry. And Rick tells me.

So would I support Rick Perry for president? Hell, yes! As the last nail that hasn’t been hammered down in this country, I agree with Rick that there are already too damn many laws, taxes, regulations, panels, committees, and bureaucrats. While Obama is busy putting the hyphen between “anal” and “retentive” Rick will be rolling up his sleeves and getting to work.

A still, small voice within keeps telling me that Rick Perry’s best day may yet be ahead of him, and so too, hopefully, will be America’s.


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How about that? Kinky says the Governor is a "mensch," and that "A still, small voice within keeps telling me that Rick Perry’s best day may yet be ahead of him, and so too, hopefully, will be America’s."
1 posted on 08/25/2011 12:37:27 AM PDT by hocndoc
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To: hocndoc

Two fools love each other and that makes news. Latest poll results, 71% of the people oppose Hoover Perry.


2 posted on 08/25/2011 12:40:15 AM PDT by org.whodat (What does the Republican party stand for////??? absolutely nothing.)
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To: hocndoc; Cincinatus' Wife; smoothsailing; shield

I’ve read most of Kinky’s books and think I’d like him in real life. The boy can’t sing and likes to keep you off balance, but he’s a mensch, too.

“Obama has done for the economy what pantyhose did for foreplay. Obama has been perpetually behind the curve. If the issue of the day is jobs and the economy, Rick Perry is certainly the nuts-and-bolts kind of guy you want in there. Even though my pal and fellow Texan Paul Begala has pointed out that no self-respecting Mexican would sneak across the border for one of Rick Perry’s low-level jobs, the stats don’t entirely lie. Compared with the rest of the country, Texas is kicking major ass in terms of jobs and the economy, and Rick should get credit for that, just as Obama should get credit for saying “No comment” to the young people of the Iranian revolution.”

“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. Hell, we could probably even find a job for Paul Begala.”


3 posted on 08/25/2011 12:42:41 AM PDT by hocndoc (http://WingRight.org)(I've got a mustard seed and I'm not afraid to use it.)(RIAing))
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To: hocndoc
I’ve long been friends with Bill Clinton and George W., and Rick Perry

Great endorsement...

4 posted on 08/25/2011 12:46:56 AM PDT by Tempest (Google: Rick perry bi-national healthcare)
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To: hocndoc

http://www.foxbusiness.com/on-air/imus/index.html#/v/1116577061001/can-perry-take-1600-pennsylvania-ave/?playlist_id=87057

Check it out!


5 posted on 08/25/2011 1:00:09 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: hocndoc

Posted on Friday, July 01, 2011 10:13:29 AM by Jim Robinson

“..... if Palin does not run but Perry does, he’d probably suck all the air out of the race. Either way, ..... Perry would all be excellent alternatives to Obama the commie. Anyone but RINO Romney the big government chief architect of CommieCare! …… Posted on Friday, July 01, 2011 10:13:29 AM by Jim Robinson”

Also see http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2764368/posts


6 posted on 08/25/2011 1:04:59 AM PDT by narses ("Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions." Chesterton)
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To: hocndoc

Is that not the COOLEST thing! Happenin’ everywhere, isn’t it! I keep sayin’ it’s sheer fun watching Rick do his thang’. No frowny faces anywhere around him...except for his opponents, whom he can put into permanent pout, and make up later after he has stomped them to death. Well, okay, a little over the top. He may not debate worth a darn, but oh, baby, on the stump, is where it’s at. Kinky was fun too and very kind and helpful to get up off the couch and fess up on Rick’s can-do and has-done. Very nice.
Thank you for a grrreat post! It’s going viral now. A very good thing!


7 posted on 08/25/2011 1:08:15 AM PDT by RitaOK (TEXAS. It's EXHIBIT A for Rick. Perry/Rubio '12)
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To: hocndoc

Texas would be even better economically, if it wasn’t for all of the many decades of problems related to illegal immigration that are, still, occurring throughout Texas (ditto, the other states between Canada and Mexico). Throughout the entire Texas/Mexico border, there’s, still, no fence and, still, no solid protections, and it’s not just the fault of the past and present federal government. Rick Perry, also, signed into law the Dream Act of Texas, after the Texas legislature agreed to it, without any “No” votes. ALL OF YOU RICK PERRY SUPPORTERS AND RICK PERRY, HIMSELF, NEED TO, FULLY, EXPLAIN YOURSELVES TO EVERYTHING THAT I’VE WRITTEN ABOVE. Please, and Thank You.


8 posted on 08/25/2011 1:13:36 AM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore (If leftist legislation that's already in place really can't be ended by non-leftists, then what?)
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To: hocndoc

Kinky’s 2006 run in a four way race for governor made him, in effect, Rick Perry’s Ross Perot.

The Strayhorn independent candidacy took RINO votes away from Perry giving the Dem a shot at winning.

Kinky took Democrat votes away from the Dem candidate allowing Perry to win.

And something tells me Kinky ran deliberately to help Rick Perry.

That’s how big time politics works.


9 posted on 08/25/2011 1:23:09 AM PDT by Nextrush (President Sarah Palin sounds just right to me)
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To: narses; Jim Robinson

Do you think Jim would appreciate this, narses? Did you ask him?

To: narses
Somehow this edited quote isn’t quite the same:
Narses:

“..... if Palin does not run but Perry does, he’d probably suck all the air out of the race. Either way, ..... Perry would all be excellent alternatives to Obama the commie. Anyone but RINO Romney the big government chief architect of CommieCare! …… Posted on Friday, July 01, 2011 10:13:29 AM by Jim Robinson”

Actual Jim Robinson Quote:

“The presidential race is heating up. We now have conservatives Bachmann and Cain officially in the race fending off RINO Romney; and Palin and Perry could possibly jump in. My hopes are with Palin, but if she decides not to run I could be happy with Bachmann or Cain. Also, if Palin does not run but Perry does, he’d probably suck all the air out of the race. Either way, Palin, Bachmann, Cain or even Perry would all be excellent alternatives to Obama the commie. Anyone but RINO Romney the big government chief architect of CommieCare!”

Jim Robinson, July 1, 2011

It’s all in the editing and can I completely understand why you would want to edit out those parts.

10 posted on Thursday, August 25, 2011 4:32:47 AM by Waryone (RINOs, Elites, and Socialists - on the endangered list, soon to become extinct.)


10 posted on 08/25/2011 2:02:31 AM PDT by MestaMachine (If the truth hurts, prepare yourself for a LOT of pain.)
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To: Waryone

I’m sorry. I should have pinged you to the above post.


11 posted on 08/25/2011 2:06:48 AM PDT by MestaMachine (If the truth hurts, prepare yourself for a LOT of pain.)
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To: hocndoc

Ya gotta love Kinky. My fave part of the article was:

“Obama has done for the economy what pantyhose did for foreplay.”


12 posted on 08/25/2011 2:15:53 AM PDT by no dems (No matter who it might be, when I find out a person is a Democrat, I lose respect for them.)
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To: RitaOK

Thank you for a grrreat post! It’s going viral now.
______________________________________________________________

For real? I hope so.


13 posted on 08/25/2011 2:19:23 AM PDT by no dems (No matter who it might be, when I find out a person is a Democrat, I lose respect for them.)
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To: no dems

For those who don’t know him, the cigar-smoking, 60-year-old Mr. Friedman is a comic fixture around the state. For years he led a country band, Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys. Then he wrote a successful series of mystery novels. Until lately, Mr. Friedman had written a humor column for Texas Monthly.

All that led me to take his governor talk as mostly silliness. After all, he announced his campaign for the governor’s mansion by explaining, “I need more closet space.”

(above info from .....http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2036518.html


14 posted on 08/25/2011 2:37:09 AM PDT by Einherjar
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To: no dems

Love him, but wouldn’t want my sister to marry him . . .


15 posted on 08/25/2011 2:59:21 AM PDT by hocndoc (http://WingRight.org)(I've got a mustard seed and I'm not afraid to use it.)(RIAing))
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To: Einherjar

Kinky loves and rescues animals.
That alone endears him.

http://www.ohmidog.com/2010/06/15/utopia-kinky-friedmans-dog-haven/


16 posted on 08/25/2011 3:26:19 AM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep...clowns will eat me.)
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To: Nextrush

“And something tells me Kinky ran deliberately to help Rick Perry.”

~Breakdown from 2006 election - Perry 39%, Bell 30%, Strayhorn 18%, Friedman 12%. Sorry but your theory doesn’t hold any water. More than likely Strayhorn, the loose cannon liberal Republican, helped Perry more than Kinky by taking votes from no-name Bell. As a matter of fact, I know many voters (self included) that voted for Kinky that otherwise would have voted for Perry if he (Kinky) were not in the race. To be sure, a portion (but not all) voted for Kinky as a “none of the above” candidate.

Kinky tried to run for Ag Commissioner in 2010 but it was ruled that he didn’t meet the qualifications required for that office. He may be a comedian but he is certainly less of a joke than about 75% of today’s politicians. He is an honest man.


17 posted on 08/25/2011 3:58:53 AM PDT by secondamendmentkid
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To: hocndoc

What’s the big deal? Seems like an easy choice:

http://www.nationalreview.com/sites/default/files/nfs/uploaded/u12/2011/08/ug9af.jpg


18 posted on 08/25/2011 4:00:37 AM PDT by Nicojones
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To: hocndoc
If I were Obama I wouldn’t go either. His favorability rating in Israel once clocked in at 4 percent. Say what you will about the Israelis, but they are not slow out of the chute. They know who their friends are

What is the disconnect between Israeli Jews and U.S. Jews?

19 posted on 08/25/2011 4:02:30 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (The only problem some people have with tyranny is that they’re not the tyrant.)
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To: hocndoc
If Kinky thinks pantyhose somehow restricts foreplay, he's not kinky enough.

And that's ALL I have to say about that.

20 posted on 08/25/2011 4:14:34 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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