Last year, Dan Halpern chronicled Kinky Friedman’s bid for the governor’s seat in Texas. With the results in, Halpern reports on the final days of Friedman’s quixotic campaign.
Rick Perry, who was reëlected to a second full term as the governor of Texas Tuesday night, is an Eagle Scout. This biographical note might please one of his opponents, the country singer, mystery writer, and independent candidate Kinky Friedman. In the nineteen-seventies, when Kinky was performing with his seminally annoying band, Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys, he used to sing a brilliantly offensive song he wrote about Charles Whitman, the twenty-five-year-old student who, in 1966, climbed the University of Texas Tower carrying an arsenal of weapons, and picked people off below; his spree left fifteen people dead. “The Ballad of Charles Whitman” ends thus:
Most folks couldn’t figure just-a why he did it
And them that could would not admit it,
There’s still a lot of Eagle Scouts around.