While driving home just now, I heard Rachel Maddow say that Molly Ivins passed away. I’d heard recently that her breast cancer had come back after several years in apparent remission.
If I had a nickel for every time I’ve encouraged someone to read Molly Ivins Can’t Say That, Can She?, I’d be a rich man. Then again, we’re all the richer for having had her brighten our lives with her poignant, hilarious, and prescient commentary.
Regular readers of this blog will note that I’ve quoted her a few times. Her insights into Texas politics are essential reading for anybody serious about understanding electoral politics in America. Forget deToqueville, Ivins is your Rosetta Stone to understanding America’s chronic political ills. ;)
Do yourself a favor, go buy these (among her other books…):
Rest in peace, Molly…
I second the motion that House Majority Leader Tom DeLay is a whack job. Why the opprobrium thrown at DeLay now? Well, try this on for size: (more…)
In 1993, House Republicans were aghast that Dan Rostenkowski, then Democratic chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, was holding onto his chairmanship despite the fact that he’d been indicted for abuses of his mail “franking” privilege.