Clay Robison sums up the case against Kinky better than I can by simply quoting the man himself.
“It’s politically correct these days to apologize to the Indians and apologize to the Hawaiians for taking their land, apologize to the African-Americans for dealing with them as slaves and on and on without end. It’s a little late in the game to go around apologizing and thinking everything’s going to be OK.”
“I am going to see nondenominational prayer and the Ten Commandments put back in the schools,” he told the Kilgore News Herald several weeks ago.
“If you don’t love Jesus, go to hell,” he added.
He also has called for repeal of the top 10 percent law, which many minorities value because it gives the best students from poor, mostly minority school districts an equal opportunity with more-privileged young people for admission to the best state-supported universities.
And Friedman talks a tougher line than Gov. Rick Perry on border security.
He told conservative TV commentator Bill O’Reilly last year that he would “seal the border” against illegal immigrants by bringing in the “National Guard, the Texas Rangers, the entire Polish Army, whatever it takes.”
“Good fences make good neighbors,” he added.
More recently, as quoted in the Dallas Morning News, Friedman said, “My immigration policy is ‘Remember the Alamo.’ ”
Meanwhile, struggling Democratic nominee Chris Bell, who wishes more voters would remember him, isn’t amused.
Bell’s campaign, which has been collecting Kinky’s quotes, believes the quipster’s conservative viewpoints contradict those of his own strongest supporters.
An internal Bell campaign poll indicates Friedman’s strongest base – a 51 percent favorable rating to 25 percent unfavorable – is among Anglo liberals, the type of people who normally would be expected to support Bell and who the Democrat desperately needs.
“He (Friedman) has stated contempt for a lot of the people who are supporting him,” said Bell spokesman Jason Stanford.
To everyone who has a “K – The Governor” sticker on their car next to a Kerry/Edwards or KPFT sticker: You’re not supporting some kind of freethinking progressive who shares your values. You’re supporting Larry the Cable Guy. I’d say the joke’s on you, but unfortunately the rest of us are collaterally damaged by it.
I’ve long thought that Kinky represented a bigger threat to Bell than Strayhorn did; at least, he’s definitely a bigger threat than Bell has made him out to be relative to Strayhorn. And the latest Zogby Interactive poll suggests I just might be right about this.
Candidate Pct ================ Perry 34.8 Bell 23.1 Friedman 22.7 Strayhorn 9.6
Usual caveats: It’s Zogby Interactive, it’s just one data point, nothing means anything anymore since Pluto was deplanetized, etc etc etc. Still, Strayhorn has been drooping in all of the available polls – according to the Bell blog, Strayhorn has lost 11 points in the Zogby poll since January – and even Paul Burka says that the wind is shifting against her. It ain’t easy being all things to everyone, especially when you used to be a whole lot of other things. If we can ever convince the Friedman Democrats to come home, look out. Rick Perry at 40% is almost surely unbeatable. Rick Perry at 35% is very much not.