Matt Towery

It stretches believability that the Republicans, usually paranoid about talking to the media, won't pass on any information to those of us who spent years in the party, but will spill their guts to Bob Woodward.

Woodward's book aside, the GOP's chances of holding on to majority control of Congress look to be on the rocks for sure. The constant drip, drip, drip of Foley revelations is taking care of that.

But again, pundits are missing the "kinky" side of things in this election season. In at least several states, independent candidates and Libertarians are showing up on ballots. In some cases, they are drawing stronger support at this stage in the election cycle than they traditionally do.

Kinky Friedman is one of them, and one of a kind. He's running for governor of Texas. Once the leader of a band called the Texas Jewboys, the irreverent country singer is polling statistically even with Democratic nominee Chris Bell and only nine points behind the Republican Gov. Rick Perry.

Friedman's campaign slogan: "Why Not?" His support base has grown with the endorsement and support of Jesse Ventura, the former professional wrestler who became governor of Minnesota.

Will Friedman win? Kinkier things have happened. Even if he doesn't, he's a sign of what's happening all over. In percentages slightly or greatly higher than history would suggest, Libertarians and other parties are winning the support of voters.

Usually these "extra" candidates get almost no support this far out from elections, and then end up with no more than two or three percent of the vote. As concern among conservatives grows about Republican leadership in Washington, support for Libertarians and others may only increase.

Wouldn't it be amazing if a series of political bombs designed by Democrats to boost their election chances instead significantly boosted support for Independents or Libertarians? The end effect might be the same -- electing a Democratic Congress. Then again, maybe there's a little kinkiness in the electorate this year.


Matt Towery

Matt Towery is a former National Republican legislator of the year and author of Powerchicks: How Women Will Dominate America.
 
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