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January 4, 2010

Molly Ivins the Troublemaker

The New York Times' Sunday Book Review features MOLLY IVINS and remembers one of its own.

"What fearful fun Molly Ivins would have had with Glenn Beck, the birthers, Sarah Palin, Representative Joe (“You lie!”) Wilson and, of course, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas — he of the secessionist aspirations and wonderful hair. And how pained she would be, while never losing hope, as she showered President Obama with tough love over his policies in Afghanistan and Iraq, and his difference-splitting diffidence on health care reform.

Ivins, who died in 2007 at the age of 62 after a battle with breast cancer, was that rarest of endangered species, an unreconstructed Texas liberal. As a newspaper reporter, syndicated columnist and public speaker, she built a body of work enlivened by political passion and rollicking wit. She lampooned the Texas Legislature, the business establishment, the power elite and most of all George W. Bush, whom she immortalized as “Shrub.” But, as suggested by Bill Minutaglio and W. Michael Smith, in “Molly Ivins: A Rebel Life,” her greatest creation was herself...[the book is] chockablock with colorful anecdotes and psychological insights"

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