Molly Ivins Passes Away
Rest in peace Molly Ivins. You fought the good fight against the Big "C".
Several years ago, during Bush's first term, Ivins came to Sacramento for an appearance at Cal-State. I went with several friends who had read all her books cover to cover. I remember the event was slated for the University Union, and I thought it would be in one of the larger meeting rooms. But the ticket sales were so strong, that the event was held in the main exhibition room, in front of what looked easily like one thousand folks with every seat filled and more being added during the event. She received a thunderous, long standing ovation when she first came out, and seemed a little surprised at the reception and size of the crowd.
She then proceeded to lacerate the son-of-a-bitch for over an hour, where I learned a lot about Texas and came away with a greater appreciation for its politics.
Toward the end of the presentation, she became somber in her remarks and basically warned all of us about Bush. She gave a short tutorial on what he would do and how he would do it, based on her first-hand knowledge of what he did in Texas. She gave us all an education that night, and then wrapped up the evening with several minutes of zingers to leave on a high note to another rousing standing ovation. It was one of the better political tutorials I had ever received.
She was a credit to Texas, and she is Exhibit A of a case where the critic is more worthy than the subject being reviewed. Bush never deserved her.