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October 1, 2014

Kinky Friedman on Cantor Primary: ‘The Crowd Picked Barabas’

“Another Jewboy bites the dust,” said Kinky Friedman, reacting to the news that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his GOP primary in Virginia. “The crowd picked Barabas,” Friedman added, a reference to the crowd at Golgotha choosing to grant mercy to the thief Barabas over Jesus, who went on to die on the cross.

Friedman, in town to perform Wednesday night at the Washington Jewish Music Festival, experienced his own political defeat recently, losing his race for Texas agriculture commissioner in the Democratic primary runoff last month to Jim Hogan. “The people have spoken, the bastards,” Friedman quipped with a line generally attributed to Democratic campaign operative Dick Tuck and the late Rep. Morris K. Udall, D-Ariz.

While Friedman says he’s pretty sure he’s through with electoral politics (He’s previously run for governor of Texas as well as agriculture commissioner.), he nevertheless keeps in touch with his local congressman, Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas. Smith hosted Friedman at Wednesday’s Texas Breakfast Club at the American Trucking Association on Capitol Hill.

He found himself sitting between Smith and Rep. Louie Gohmert, another Texas Republican. “Lamar’s seen as a pretty straight arrow,” Friedman, said, allowing that he himself is known for political incorrectness. “We’re an odd couple. But Lamar loves two things I love: music and animals,” he added, referring to his long career in country western music, which started with the 1973 album “Sold American,” and his stewardship of the Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch in Kerrville, Texas.

Regarding the breakfast, Friedman said, “This was better’n I thought it’d turn out,” and he was particularly charmed by Gohmert and Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn. Gohmert, Friedman said, was a fan of his mystery novels. “Between him and Lamar, you almost have an adequate human being. One guy loves the books, the other likes the music,” he said.

And of the other political news of the day, such as Hillary Rodham Clinton’s new book, “Hard Choices,” and whether he’d be reading it? “Possibly at gunpoint,” he deadpanned.

Speaking of books, now that politics is in the rearview mirror, Friedman is working on a new mystery novel, his first in almost a decade, tentatively titled, “The Hard-Boiled Computer.”

“Politics’ loss may be literature’s gain,” he said.

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  • Layla

    Kinky Freidman, an embarrassment to his own racist party and the reason Texas will ALWAYS be Republican.

    The fact that Roll Call considers this news fit to print speaks volumes about the panic going on in Washington at this moment.

    Get ready to hit the unemployment lines!

    • LarryBassett

      Perhaps it has escaped you, Layla, as you attempt to smear Republicans as “racist” (the ungrounded fallback accusation of progressives, other liberals and Democrats when they cannot think of a reasoned defense of their attempts to destroy America’s Constitutional grounding) that, not once but twice, Texas Republicans have rejected Kinky Friedman’s kinkiness, denying him in that state’s primaries. He is NOT representative of Texas’ or any other mainstream or Tea Party aligned Republicans. Entertaining? Maybe. LOL

      • DonQuixote109

        Larry, forgive me, but where is Layla bashing the Republican party? She’s bashing Friedman who, according to the article “experienced his own political defeat recently, losing his race for Texas agriculture commissioner in the Democratic primary”
        I see *DEMOCRATIC* primary in that line, not Repubilcan.

        Perhaps you need to clean your glasses?

      • Layla

        I wasn’t smearing Republicans. Kinky is a Democrat.

  • Marvin G.

    Bizarre that his parochial Texas freak show, otherwise known as Kinky Friedman, actually makes national news. Are we still trying to forget the VA mess?

    • Layla

      Marvin, this administration is literally careening from disaster to disaster in an effort to block the VA deaths. And now Congress is going to pay the price for not reigning him in. They have given us no other choice but to vote them all out.

  • DonQuixote109

    ” “The crowd picked Barabas,” Friedman added, a reference to the crowd at
    Golgotha choosing to grant mercy to the thief Barabas over Jesus, who
    went on to die on the cross.”

    Dear Jason:
    Pilate offered the crown in front of the Praetorium, Pilate’s seat of power, the choice. Golgotha is where Christ was actually crucified. It’s a relatively minor point, but when you’re quoting a questionable allusion to Eric Cantor as the “next savior”, you, as serious journalist, should at least have your micro-geography right, since the object of your story’s allusion is way off.

    Whether this Econ(?) Professor a la Tea Party is Barabbas is a possible conjecture, but Cantor is/was in no way, shape, or form Christ. His voting record aligns him much more closely to Herod’s henchman, Caiaphas, than Christ. I can’t even stretch it to Judas Escariot – Judas started out doing good works for the people, following Christ. He was blinded and afraid, leading him to become grossly misguided at the end. Cantor hasn’t done a whole helluva lot for the Common man at all – unless your name is Koch, Limbaugh, Hannity, and similar.

    • Layla

      Rush has been taking calls from Cantor’s constituents and former supporters all morning. Their response? Congress is out of control, the administration is out of control and no effort is being made to rein any of this in. Polls favoring immigration? DON’T YOU BELIEVE IT. This one is going to cost Congress it’s reelection and it’s about damn time!

    • LarryBassett

      You were doing pretty good, DonQuixote, until you concluded with the unfounded accusation/rant against the “Kochs, Limbaugh, Hannity, and similar.” Straw man attempts always fail when one employs SOUND logic.

      • DonQuixote109

        Not a rant – an observation that the GOP of today has been inordinately focused on big Business to the detriment of the needy. As House Majority Leader, Cantor has prodded Boehner in that direction on many an occasion.

        I support business and free enterprise – but I also know the GOP’s stance on many issues is anything but true Christianity – or just about any theistic religion, unless your god is the almighty buck.

        • Layla

          Not a flaw exclusive to the GOP, unfortunately. This President has bailed out everybody BUT the American people and all at the expense of the middle class.

  • don76550

    Once again the aptly named Kinky proves how unfit he is for office

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