June 30, 2005


Seriously Kinky: This Texas Jewboy wants to be the next governor of Texas, and if you think he's kidding, the joke may be on you (Robert Wilonsky, June 30, 2005, Dallas Observer)

Only when pushed, and then prodded and then finally pinned, will Richard Friedman explain why he's running as an independent candidate for Texas governor. Initially, he will offer only the glib, catchy one-liners that befit the songwriter nicknamed Kinky who once proclaimed, "They ain't makin' Jews like Jesus anymore." He will say things like "I'm for the little fellers, not the Rockefellers." He will inform you that people are tired "of the choice between paper and plastic." He will explain that the Capitol building in Austin is seven feet taller than our nation's Capitol, but that ours "was built for giants, and instead it's inhabited by midgets." He has a million of them, and by the time November 2006 comes around--hell, by the time you finish reading this story--no doubt you will have heard many of them several times.

But Friedman, in spite of the punch lines, wants you to know his candidacy is no joke.

People who run such vanity candidacies always take themselves too seriously to be joking. Even William F. Buckley details, in hilarious fashion, how he fell victim to himself.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 30, 2005 11:17 AM

One thing that will prevent him from getting elected are his close ties to the Jewish Homeland — New York.

But this is the man who wrote "Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in the Bed", "High on Jesus" and "Homo Erectus".

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at June 30, 2005 1:10 PM

There is a Happy Warrior aspect to his quixotic effort here. However, he does not even have the threshhold level of serious discourse on issues to be taken seriously by anyone not employed by the MSM. If he becomes the Democrats de facto standard-bearer, it will only serve to show their bankruptcy in the Lone Star State.

Posted by: bart at June 30, 2005 2:45 PM

There's vanity candidacies, and then there's vanity candidacies.

A little background: this kid, who reportedly knows the presidents back and forth, was visiting the White House a few years ago and was shown a room that contained JFK-period artifacts. He told the staff that the plates that had been placed on a table were not from the Kennedy administration but from a later period. He was correct.

He might not be old enough to run yet, but at least his heart is in the right place. And you've got to admire the directness of his approach to terrorism. From an article about him on CBS:

And what would he do to people like Saddam? Small says, "Blow them up."

Posted by: Matt Murphy at June 30, 2005 7:09 PM

Here's some fatherly vanity (plus a dose of living one's dream through their child)... I am announcing today, that my daughter Callie will run for Governor of Michigan in 2026. She'll be 27 years old (Michigan's 1st governor was younger than that). This will put her in the perfect position to succeed President Troy Small in the 2040 presidential election.

Posted by: Dave W. at June 30, 2005 11:46 PM

Kinky's still only the second most flamboyant candidate in the Texas governor's race. Carole Strayhorn has him beat by miles in terms of being willing to say outrageous things, but fortunately for Freeman, she's only going to steal publicity from him up until next March's Republican primary.

Posted by: John at July 1, 2005 12:32 AM