Another Texas icon passes

January 31st, 2007

Molly Ivins died today. I often (though not always) disagreed with her politics, but I liked her. She was smart, articulate, and funny. She was also a relentless liberal. Something I didn’t learn until today is that she was a child of Houston, raised in ritzy River Oaks. I’m going to miss her.

A self-described leftist agitator, she infused her writings with both passion and wit. Her career spanned some 40 years, and in that time she thought nothing of calling President George W. Bush “Billy Bob Forehead,” and current Texas Gov. Rick Perry “Governor Goodhair.” Her columns drew such attention that her picture once graced billboards in North Texas above the words, ‘Molly Ivins Can’t Really Say That, Can She?’ (That later became the title of one of her best-selling books).

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By the end of her life, Ivins’ columns were being carried in more than 300 newspapers around the country. She wrote six books, four of which became best sellers. They included “Shrub: The Short But Happy Political Life of George W. Bush;” “Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush’s America,” which she wrote with Lou Dubose; and “Who Let the Dogs In? Incredible Political Animals I have Known.”

(Houston Chronicle)

Update: Banjo Jones has a few words about Molly.

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