The Lonely Stars of Texas

February 01, 2007 by susan

The Texas Observer has put up a great memorial site to Molly.

by susan
Long before there were blogs, Molly Ivins wrote like the best of the bloggers, tempering her seering observations with irreverence, verve and humor, never allowing her anger to spill over into a rant. In the days when the op-ed pages were as colorful as the ink in which they're printed, Molly stood out with her vivid portrayals of the Texas "lege" and the "bidness" men there who pretty much ran the "gubmint". "The bidness of Texas is bidness," she used to say.

Last year I held a contest to see who could name 10 good Texans, living or dead. Ann Richards and Molly Ivins topped the list of the living, with former Representative Barbara Jordan and Janis Joplin heading up the dead. (Yes, Jim Hightower and Willy Nelson and Bill Moyers made the living list, but we came up short after that.) I knew at the time that Ann was gravely ill, but I had no idea that Molly would soon join her. It's a huge loss of two bold brave voices in such a short time, and a hush falls over us tonight.

I once saw Ann Richards trying on shoes in Bergdorf's in NYC, and heard her tell the clerk, who insisted on bringing her dowdy "old lady" shoes, "Young man, you do not understand. Ah do not do ugly." Molly, on the other hand, is said to have preferred to go shoeless in the newsroom of the New York Times, an affront to her staid editors. Two stars of Texas, so different and yet so alike.
I hope they're together now on some celestial front porch, bare feet next to Manolo-clad feet, laughing over old stories and conjuring up some serious bidness to trim the Shrub and stop his war, once and for all.
But I don't really believe in such things, so we're going to have to do it on our own, as Molly asked us to do on January 11 in her last column: "We are the people who run this country. We are the deciders. And every single day, every single one of us needs to step outside and take some action to help stop this war."

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Anonymous (not verified) | February 2, 2007 - 5:48pm

Some years ago we were at a good cause dinner at which Molly Ivins was to be the speaker. It was announced during the program that because of illness she was not able to travel to Chicago to give her speech. Our fellow guests, many of them there mostly because they wanted to hear Ms Ivins and cheer her on were saddened. Saddened because we would not get to hear her but mostly because she who was able to go everywhere and say and do what was important in her own unique way was slowed down.
Now we can only remember that good spirt and, indeed, stand up and speak out since she is not here to do it for us.