Molly Ivins, RIP

<  Molly Ivins, RIP

Dear God,

Molly Ivins is dead. I imagine you’ll be hearing from her. Just wanted to give you a heads up. I bet she’ll be raising hell with you over a few things. I’m sure you’ll understand why.

Your faithful servant,


Update: Her editor at Creators Syndicate has a lovely tribute to her.

But there was more to Molly Ivins than insightful political commentary packaged in an aw-shucks Southern charm. In the coming days, much will be made of Molly’s contributions to the liberal cause, how important she was as an authentic female voice on opinion pages across the country, her passionate and eloquent defense of the poorest and the weakest among us against the corruption of the most powerful, and the joy she took in celebrating the uniqueness of American culture — and all of this is true. But more than that, Molly Ivins was a woman who loved and cared deeply for the world around her. And her warm and generous spirit was apparent in all her words and deeds.

Molly’s work was truly her passion.
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She would regularly turn down lucrative speaking engagements to give rally-the-troops speeches at liberalism’s loneliest outposts. And when she did rub elbows with the highfalutin’ well-to-do, the encounter would invariably end up as comedic grist in future columns.

Update 2: A don’t miss tribute from The Texas Observer.

One Fourth of July, as we drank beer around a picnic table, Molly interrupted our serenity by producing a copy of the Declaration of Independence, which she read aloud, from top to bottom. “The United States of America,” she reminded us at the conclusion of her reading, “is still run by its citizens. The government works for us.”

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