Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Now she'll be skewering eternity

Molly Ivins, one of my commentator heroes, has died.

She'll live on; I am only one of many she inspired.

I often quote something she said in that otherwise dark year of 2002, any time someone says they can't be bothered with politics:

Politics is not a picture on a wall or a television sitcom you can decide you don't much care for. Is the person who prescribes your eyeglasses qualified to do so? How deep will you be buried when you die? What textbooks are your children learning from at school? What will happen if you become seriously ill? Is the meat you're eating tainted? Will you be able to afford to go to college or to send your kids? Would you like a vacation? Expect to retire before you die? Can you find a job? Drive a car? Afford insurance? Is your credit card company or your banker or your broker ripping you off? It's all politics, Bubba. You don't get to opt out for lack of interest.

Rest well, Ms. Ivins.

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