A great eulogy of Molly Ivins:
She said, often, that the sins of omission were the real crimes of contemporary journalism. Her columns so often filled that gap, talking about labor and working people and countries like the Congo and Indonesia. She refused in the last few years to get drawn into the false debate of “would you rather Saddam still be in power,” turning that around to say that the left never wanted him in power in the first place.
She was goddamned smart, so smart she didn’t have to flaunt it. So smart that she could use the down to earth side to say what she meant so all of us could understand it. She didn’t suffer bullies. She loved Texas like a parent loves her child even after that child has gone on a three-state killing spree. She was unfailingly polite. And she could eviscerate anyone who was failing all of us with just an image or two. Those guttings will be desperately missed. That sense and celebration of the decency of the average American will be missed even more.
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