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January 31, 2007

Molly Ivins - A Heroine For Our Times

Molly Ivins died today. Much more than a columnist and a book author, Molly was a brave soul who did what others were afraid to do, which is to take on the powers-that-be. She did it unrelentingly, with style, humor and above all, with integrity. She was -- like her great friend and fellow Texan, Ann Richards -- a real dame.

Exposing corruption at the highest levels and the lowliest, Molly stuck to her guns and came out shooting. She supplied the comedic touches while homing in on her prey. It was for our enjoyment and our education. The toughest battle she fought was her years-long battle against breast cancer, and that battle she finally succumbed to today. Her friend and editor, Anthony Zurcher, reminds us of how strong and special she really was:

Even as Molly fought her last battle with cancer, she continued to make public appearances. When she was too weak to write, she dictated her final two columns. Although her body was failing, she still had so much to say. Last fall, before an audience at the University of Texas, her voice began as barely a whisper. But as she went on, she drew strength from the standing-room-only crowd until, at the end of the hour, she was forcefully imploring the students to get involved and make a difference. As Molly once wrote, "Politics is not a picture on a wall or a television sitcom that you can decide you don't much care for."

She had a way of nudging us into activism by being the living example of a true political activist. A great dame, indeed.

Rest in peace, Molly.

Posted by shoephone on January 31, 2007 at 04:51 PM in Media, National and International Politics | Permalink


shoephone - that was a lovely tribute to Molly; she was quite a force of nature, wasn't she? I really mourn the lack of journalists/media-types who have the kind of passion she did for truth and principle. She never gave up on getting those out to her readers, and it pains me that we have lost another good and decent and passionate person to that awful disease.

May she rest in peace, and may each of us take some of her passionate spirit into our own hearts, that we may continue the good fight.

Posted by: Anne | Feb 1, 2007 7:46:28 AM

Thank you for this tribute to my hero Molly, shoephone. Knowing we have to get through the rest of the Bush Years without her makes me glummer than ever.

I just have an idea that, given the chance to meet you, she'd have recognized a kindred spirit. Then y'all would have wandered off to find a bar where you'd have had quite an afternoon of hoots. That's what I bet.

Posted by: lotus | Feb 1, 2007 9:44:02 AM

Thanks, Lotus. How fun would that have been, to meet up with Molly in bar... Me being the slowest drinker west of the Mississppi, you know she would have drunk me under the table though...

Posted by: shoephone | Feb 1, 2007 10:10:12 AM

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