Molly Ivins (1944–2007)

Molly Ivins

(Image slightly cropped from I Drew This.)

It was two years ago today that the world lost a great liberal voice and very funny woman. She was only 62 when she died. Toxic waste goes on forever, but the good are only here for a short time.

I found the above graphic recently at I Drew This, so I thought it would be a good thing to run today. I thought I’d also give you a few of her more famous quotes:

• “There are two kinds of humor. One kind that makes us chuckle about our foibles and our shared humanity… The other kind holds people up to public contempt and ridicule. That’s what I do.”

• On Bill Clinton: “If left to my own devices, I’d spend all my time pointing out that he’s weaker than bus-station chili. But the man is so constantly subjected to such hideous and unfair abuse that I wind up standing up for him on the general principle that some fairness should be applied. Besides, no one but a fool or a Republican ever took him for a liberal.”

• “The next time I tell you someone from Texas should not be president of the United States, please, pay attention.”

• Of the Reagan Administration, she said, “Half of it was under average—the other half was under indictment.”

• Of Pat Buchanan’s culture war speech at the 1992 Republican convention, she said, it “probably read better in the original German.”

• “These Gore people have no idea how to steal an election. What happened to the Democrats? They used to have some skill at this.”

• “I have a suggestion for a withdrawal deadline: Let’s leave Iraq before we’ve killed more Iraqis than Saddam Hussein did.”

2 Responses to “Molly Ivins (1944–2007)”

  1. Jeff Eyges Says:

    She really was a national treasure.

  2. Bacopa Says:

    You left out the best Ivins story.

    This is how it is usually summarized:

    She had just finished telling one of her favorite stories (which we published in August 1993) about the Texas state legislator who introduced a bill banning sodomy, both homosexual and heterosexual, in the Great State, as she always called Texas. When this legislator succeeded in passing the bill with the help of an ally, the two men shook hands in celebration. “Whereupon, the Speaker had to send the sergeant-at-arms over to reprimand them both,” Molly said, “because under the new law, ‘it’s illegal for a prick to touch an asshole in the state.’ ”

    That’s not quite how it happened. Gov. Richards had assembled a panel of legal experts to trim the dead woo out of the criminal code. The experts struck out the sodomy laws among many other laws. The Ledge was about to vote to get rid of all the laws the panel recommended, but two reps, Juan Chisolm and Talmidge Heflin, introduced a bill to see that the sodomy laws stayed in place even though all the rest of the panel’s recommendations would be passed.