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February 01, 2007

Molly Ivins

Ivins

I don't really believe she's died. Can you imagine the savage mockery she'd heap on Death, what with that ridiculous cowl, anachronistic scythe, and anorexic-chic figure? And she would have never sat still long enough to be rowed across the River Styx. I assume she got tired of kicking the Democratic Party's ass, so she abandoned the Ivins identity and has returned to her home planet, where the oceans whisper one-liners and the homes are built out of pithy aphorisms. Her humanoid form was never really that convincing anyway. Real people just aren't that funny. So once her mission was complete and the Republicans were cowed and a newer, tougher, braver breed of Democrat had emerged, it was time to drop the charade. She will be missed, though. All we have left are her columns, but in some ways, they are enough. Certainly more than we ever deserved.

Update: See also John Nichols' remembrance.

February 1, 2007 | Permalink

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To see Molly Ivins at her satirical best in a video called "The Dildo Diaries"...link here:

www.thoughttheater.com

Posted by: Daniel DiRito | Feb 1, 2007 11:54:35 AM

I don't wish anyone ill, but people simply don't get better because they are dead. Ivans was an embarassement for most Texans.

Posted by: Fred Jones | Feb 1, 2007 11:59:00 AM

That, Fred, is yet another poor reflection upon Texans. Just add it to the list.

Posted by: Stephen | Feb 1, 2007 12:06:20 PM

AlternaFred: I *would* wish Ivins ill, but she's already dead! Hahahahahaha.

Really, Fred is an embarrassment not just to Texas, but to the human race.

Posted by: paperwight | Feb 1, 2007 12:13:29 PM

Fred is still smarting from the smackdown Ivins gave to his hero Bill O'Liarly on CSPAN. My gawd, she even got the scoundrel to admit that he lied about his teevee award.

Posted by: sprocket | Feb 1, 2007 12:43:35 PM

I don't wish anyone ill, but people simply don't get better because they are dead.

Cases in point: Nixon and Reagan.

Molly, of course, was great enough in life to make that statement inapplicable.

Posted by: latts | Feb 1, 2007 1:15:08 PM

Fred, you aren't from Texas, are you? Most Texans liked Ivins, even if they disagreed with her. She talked in a way that good old boys could appreciate.

I enjoyed hearing her once in a while, but my general unease with ridicule kept me from enjoying her writing more.

Posted by: Sanpete | Feb 1, 2007 1:24:55 PM

In her own words:
""I'm sorry to say (cancer) can kill you but it doesn't make you a better person,"
------ Molly Ivins, San Antonio Express - News


Most Texans liked Ivins, even if they disagreed with her.

And for this poster who apparently has a reading comprehension problem, the statement involved embarassment. I like many people, but their behavior may embarrass me anyway.

Posted by: Fred Jones | Feb 1, 2007 1:41:46 PM

That was a very nice tribute, Ezra, especially coming from a Yankee such as yourself. :)

Posted by: Farinata X | Feb 1, 2007 1:42:53 PM

Fred, since you apparently have a problem getting the obvious point, most Texans weren't embarrassed by Ivins.

Posted by: Sanpete | Feb 1, 2007 2:01:34 PM

"Too talented, funny, and generous for the NY Times" seems to sum it up.

Oh man, it's rough. Since about 1972 I been readin her.

Posted by: bob mcmanus | Feb 1, 2007 2:21:20 PM

Or the more obvious point, which is "Fuck off, Fred."

Posted by: norbizness | Feb 1, 2007 2:22:37 PM

That was a very nice tribute, Ezra, especially coming from a Yankee such as yourself. :)

Ezra is from California if I recall. I think no more south than maryland and no more east than Michigan is the appropriate cutoff for yankee status.

As a Texan I've never judged Texans in general (who are generally quite conservative) to be that high on her & regarded her more as a tolerable oddity. Although if you were a certain kind of Texan (A Democrat anywhere to the left of Pete Laney) you adored her.

I never thought all that much of her as a writer. She was entertaining no doubt, clever with words, witty & loaded with one-liners but I never found her to be particularly illuminating or able to shed insight into much. To be fair, she was much better when writing about matters of state than matters of nation.

I did get to see her speak at a party rally though and she was absolutely captivating.

Posted by: DRR | Feb 1, 2007 2:33:55 PM

"Even conservative Republicans have to admit that with her use of words, her use of the language and her commentary and criticism, she gave Texas an identity," Greene said. "She helped the whole country understand Texans.

Uber conservative Arlington mayor Dick Greene.

Posted by: sprocket | Feb 1, 2007 2:41:50 PM

Ivins, among her other towering gifts, had moral clarity before moral clarity was cool. All Democrats could stand to take a page from her book(s) when it comes to making the moral case for liberalism.

Posted by: NBarnes | Feb 1, 2007 4:47:41 PM

George W. Bush kindly remembered her today. Bush. But yeah, Texans would never mention her...

Posted by: Ezra | Feb 1, 2007 5:09:40 PM

"Fuck off, Fred."

Norbizness, once again, demonstrates tremendous intellectual ability.

Nice...

Posted by: Fred Jones | Feb 1, 2007 6:00:56 PM

Norbizness, once again, demonstrates tremendous intellectual ability.

What do you expect, when every attempt to engage you intellectually always fails?

Posted by: Andrew | Feb 1, 2007 9:23:55 PM

The News Hour reran her piece on "aort" (art) in Texas. Pretty funny stuff, especially a large sculpture on a grave monument of Jesus wearing cowboy boots under his robe. (Reminds me of a headstone I know here that has a relief of the angel Gabriel announcing "fear not" with wings so long he has to stand on his toes on a stool.) A locally famous cockroach statue from Austin also had a prominent place.

Posted by: Sanpete | Feb 1, 2007 10:22:48 PM

Bush is the embarrassment to Texas.
Molly was the only reason I still believed there was hope for Texas.

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Posted by: judy | Sep 26, 2007 11:10:53 PM

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