Why do people insist that Kinky Friedman is going to win?
Whenever I leave Texas and people find out that I follow politics, these non-Texans -- of all political stripes -- want to tell me how Kinky Friedman is going to win. If I've already opined that Friedman has no chance, then they want to tell me why I'm wrong.
I've considered adopting ostentatious yawning as a response, unfortunately I'm too polite. I blame my parents.
The national media produced lots of stories over the summer about how Friedman had a chance to win, despite evidence to the contrary. Plus, Friedman has been fawned over on MSNBC and FoxNews, so I suppose some of that has filtered down.
Still, I am amusedly annoyed when this happens. Politics is one of those fields where expertise is not respected: everyone thinks they are a political expert. [UPDATE: And sometimes people's dumb opinions are right.]
It's also entertaining to me to hear people talk about Kinky Friedman's positions on the issues [I always think to myself: Kinky Friedman has positions on issues? He's probably been through ten non-iterative immigration positions]. It seems like Kinky Friedman is the gubernatorial Rorschach test, as long as they haven't paid that close attention. Conservatives think he's conservative, liberals think he's liberal. They see whatever they want to see. If he'd have kept his mouth shut about some things, he might've had a chance to win. But Friedman's campaign is all about keeping his mouth open, not staying quiet. Heh.
I think you hit on it with the statement that everyone thinks they are an expert. The famous line, "how did he lose, everyone I know voted for him".
Posted by Rudy @ 10/16/06 07:06 PM
If racist Ray Naggin can win, why do people think Friedman can't?
Posted by J.Contreras @ 10/17/06 10:39 AM
I think Mayor Nagin is a good, smart guy who has said some very unfortunate things.
Put Nagin up there on my list of favorite Democrats.
I don't doudt for a moment that Ray Nagin isn't smart but I still feel he's a racist. My problem with the staus quo of politics(Rpublicans vs. Democrats) is that there seems to be no difference in the amount of deceit from both parties. My suggestion is to bring in a third party candidate , put him in office and force the other two parties to wake up!
Hi, I'm supposed to do a project on comparing you Friedman, Bell, and Perry, but you're really really really cocky. That's not nessicarily a bad thing though. Good luck to you, and to the rest of the canidates.
Because he is going to.....
Posted by gs @ 10/21/06 01:01 PM
I want Kinky to Win.. I'm voting for him.. :)
why do you think that rick perry is going to win
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