Molly Ivins

Molly Ivinsby Pris Sears
(reprinted with permission from 16 Blocks Magazine)

Born in 1944, Molly Ivins had a reputation as a rascal. Irreverent and folksy, she was known for skewering politicians and other public figures in her many years of columns. She wrote for the Houston Chronicle, Minneapolis Tribune, Texas Observer, New York Times, Dallas Times Herald, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and published as an independent, with her columns syndicated in hundreds upon hundreds of newspapers.

Contrary to the popular myth that women aren’t funny, Ms. Ivins had a prodigious wit.

I have been attacked by Rush Limbaugh on the air, an experience somewhat akin to being gummed by a newt. It doesn’t actually hurt, but it leaves you with slimy stuff on your ankle.” (Mother Jones, May/June 1995)

She kept her sense of humor even when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Having breast cancer is massive amounts of no fun. First they mutilate you; then they poison you; then they burn you. I have been on blind dates better than that.” (Time Magazine, February 2002)

She spent a lot of time writing about the activities of Republicans, but didn’t spare Democrats when they deserved it. She was not a fan of Senator Clinton.

Enough. Enough triangulation, calculation and equivocation. Enough clever straddling, enough not offending anyone. This is not a Dick Morris election. Sen. Clinton is apparently incapable of taking a clear stand on the war in Iraq, and that alone is enough to disqualify her. Her failure to speak out on Terri Schiavo, not to mention that gross pandering on flag-burning, are just contemptible little dodges. (CNN, January 2006)

Her final column, dictated after she was too weak to type, included her advice for the ones left to carry on.

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. Raise hell. Think of something to make the ridiculous look ridiculous. Make our troops know we’re for them and trying to get them out of there. Hit the streets to protest Bush’s proposed surge. If you can, go to the peace march in Washington on Jan. 27. We need people in the streets, banging pots and pans and demanding, “Stop it, now!” (CNN, January 2007)

Molly Ivins succumbed to breast cancer in January, 2007. You can find her columns online at Creators Syndicate, Mother Jones and Alternet, and her many books are widely available.

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2 responses to “Molly Ivins

  1. Hmmm, has it been over a year now? And no sucessor in sight. What’ll we do. Could somebody cobble a list of a dozen Texas women who together reach her – well – her molliness.

  2. We do hope that readers will pipe up and tell us about successors to Molly Ivins. Her voice is sorely missed!

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