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Kinky Friedman Endorses Former Rival Rick Perry

Kinky Friedman Endorses Former Rival Rick Perry
Craig Hlavaty

Kinky Friedman, who told Rocks Off "let's have term limits - exhibit A is Rick Perry" in 2009, and that his dog could run Texas better than Perry had, has now decided that the best way to get his former rival out of the governor's mansion is to put him in the White House.

That's what the Texas musician, humorist, author, animal activist and subject of the play Becoming Kinky says in an essay published today on The Daily Beast. Although there was no love lost between the two in the 2006 gubernatorial campaign, Friedman insists they're big buddies now, after Perry called to give his vanquished opponent a "pep talk" a few days after the election. "You might call what Rick did an act of random kindness," Kinky says. "Yet in my mind it made him more than a politician, more than a musician; it made him a mensch."

Written in his usual tongue-in-cheek style (though we don't see how there's any room, what with that ever-present cigar), here are five of the Kinkster's more salient reasons for backing the Aggie.

He Has Good Taste In Music: "He once sat in on drums with ZZ Top. A guy like that can't be all bad."

He's Experienced: "He's been governor since Christ was a cowboy."

He's Spiritual: "In the spirit of Joseph Heller, I have a covenant with God. I leave him alone and he leaves me alone. If, however, I have a big problem, I ask God for the answer. He tells Rick Perry. And Rick tells me."

He's a "Git 'er Done" Type of Guy: "While Obama is busy putting the hyphen between "anal" and "retentive" Rick will be rolling up his sleeves and getting to work."

He's Not Obama: "These days, of course, I would support Charlie Sheen over Obama. Obama has done for the economy what pantyhose did for foreplay."

That's Kinky for ya. Read his entire essay over on the Beast.


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