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One ridiculed grandma

I won’t have a whole lot of time for following regular news stories while I’m here, but I have to link to this story about the rousing round of ridicule Carole Keeton Strayhorn got for her bizarre request to be identified on the ballot as “Grandma”. First, from Kinky Friedman, who is well-suited for this kind of task.

“She can call herself Carole Cougar Mellencamp if she wants, but when it comes to the ballot she should have to follow the law,” Friedman, a musician and satirist, said in a statement. “Hell, I’ve been Kinky for 40 years.”

Heh. I seem to recall a George HW Bush impersonater from back in the day who called his character something like George Herbert Walker Joyner Kersee Cougar Mellencamp Bush. Nice to know the classics never go out of style.

And from the Chris Bell campaign:

Jason Stanford, a spokesman for Democratic nominee Chris Bell, also said Strayhorn’s request is absurd.

“I don’t see how this race could get any weirder. She’s asking the state to certify that she is a grandma,” Stanford said.

The scary thing is that I can imagine this race getting weirder. I just don’t know how yet. I’m almost afraid to find out.

We’ll know in a few weeks what SOS Roger Williams thinks about this. I’ll go out on a limb and say he’ll reject it. But hey, maybe that’s how the weirdness will progress. Who knows?

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  1. SuperWow! says:

    Regardless of whether Williams rejects it, it has served it’s purpose: more press attaching “Grandma” and “Strayhorn” in peoples’ minds.

  2. jim says:

    James R. Perry vs. Richard Friedman vs. Carole Grandma vs. Christopher Bell Staniswalis.

    Think I’ll catch a movie or go to the driving range.

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