Saturday, April 23, 2005


I say, Kinky for Governor! Yeehaaa! That would be a hoot. Let the voters of Texass decide.


Friedman, a nonpracticing Jew who lists Jesus Christ among his heroes, describes his campaign as spiritual and a natural attraction for unaligned and disenchanted voters. Texas has taken an image beating, he believes. The cowboy has become an international symbol of recklessness, not the stoic rider of the purple sage Friedman sees.

He wants to rally his fellow Texans to a new level of confidence in their state.

"What I'm trying to do is maybe use a little humor to knock down the windmill that is politics as usual, and to get all of us together and make that Lone Star shine again," Friedman told the Houston gathering to sustained applause. Later, Friedman acknowledged that his biggest challenge is to get people to take seriously the man who wrote such songs as "They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jesus Anymore" and his chauvinism-laced "Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in the Bed."

Even he isn't sure how serious he was at first.

"It's the Bee Gees kind of thing, you know, 'I Started a Joke,' " Friedman says, citing the 1969 pop song. "Maybe it was that at one time, maybe not so much a joke but certainly an impossible dream…. But you know, I believe we can do this."

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