How hard could it be? This is how hard it could be.

Janet Elliot profiles Kinky Friedman, at the end of his second political race [he ran for Kerr County sheriff in 1986]:

Even here, surrounded by those he holds dear six friendly dogs, a namesake macaw and assorted humans he can't put the slings and arrows of politics out of his mind.

"I didn't expect the media to be so low," he said, brown eyes narrowing. "I thought they would go after the guy who's really stuffing money in his pants. That's (Gov. Rick) Perry.

...

With one poll showing half of voters have a negative perception of Friedman, Smith says he worries that Kinky's image has been irreparably tainted.

"He's the sad and tragic clown of Texas politics," Smith said.

Such criticisms sting, and Friedman says his former editor is the "guy I don't want giving the eulogy at my funeral." That's a big change from 2002, when Friedman asked Smith to read "The Navigator" at his dad's funeral.

How hard could it be? This is how hard it can be, Kinky.

In your hubris, Kinky, you just thought you could waltz into the Governor's Mansion on the strength of your personality. You even had the witty slogan, "how hard could it be?" Well frankly, governing is harder than campaigning, and you haven't shown yourself to be much of a campaigner.

Evan Smith is right, Kinky is the sad clown of Texas politics right now. That's sad: he seems like a good guy whose columns I used to usually laugh at. After he's lost, hopefully he'll realize that he shouldn't be bitter -- heck, he's gotten treated nicer by the media than most candidates. Instead, he should realize that politics is serious business.

It really could be that hard.

Posted by Evan @ 10/26/06 01:27 PM

 
 

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Wow, the excerpts you choose *do* sort of make the article look like a piece about Kinky being bitter. Hopefully people will read the entire article instead of taking your radical interpretation of it gospel - there's no indication in either the full article or in any other piece I've seen on Kinky that he has any objection to campaigning, just to a specific line of smear tactics coming from the Democratic party.

Posted by Jeremy @ 10/27/06 02:24 AM


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