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  • THOMAS JOHNSON
    Great post, Greg. I used to live just down the street from Molly and it was memorable, She used a tennis racket to play fetch with her poodle. Tom ...
    Message 1 of 2 , Sep 16, 2006
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      Great post, Greg. I used to live just down the street
      from Molly and it was memorable, She used a tennis
      racket to play fetch with her poodle.

      Tom



      --- Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@...> wrote:

      >
      >
      > --- Julie Keller <jakeller@...> wrote:
      >
      > > To: utepprogressives@yahoogroups.com
      > > From: "Julie Keller" <jakeller@...>
      > > Date: Fri, 15 Sep 2006 15:04:53 -0000
      > > Subject: [utepprogressives] Molly, about Ann
      > >
      > >
      >
      http://www.workingforchange.com/article.cfm?itemid=21364
      > >
      > > Remembering Ann Richards
      > > Personal reflections on wit and generosity of
      > > departed Texas governor
      > >
      > > AUSTIN, Texas -- She was so generous with her
      > > responses to other
      > > people. If you told Ann Richards something really
      > > funny, she wouldn't
      > > just smile or laugh, she would stop and break up
      > > completely. She
      > > taught us all so much -- she was a great campfire
      > > cook. Her wit was a
      > > constant delight. One night on the river on a
      > canoe
      > > trip, while we
      > > all listened to the next rapid, which sounded like
      > > certain death, Ann
      > > drawled, "It sounds like every whore in El Paso
      > just
      > > flushed her
      > > john."
      > >
      > > She knew how to deal with teenage egos: Instead of
      > > pointing out to a
      > > kid who was pouring charcoal lighter on a live
      > fire
      > > that he was
      > > idiot, Ann said, "Honey, if you keep doing that,
      > the
      > > fire is going to
      > > climb right back up to that can in your hand and
      > > explode and give you
      > > horrible injuries, and it will just ruin my entire
      > > weekend."
      > >
      > > She knew what it was like to have four young
      > > children and to be so
      > > tired you cried while folding the laundry. She
      > knew
      > > and valued Wise
      > > Women like Virginia Whitten and Helen Hadley.
      > >
      > > At a long-ago political do at Scholz Garten in
      > > Austin, everybody who
      > > was anybody was there meetin' and greetin' at a
      > > furious pace. A group
      > > of us got the tired feet and went to lean our
      > butts
      > > against a table
      > > at the back wall of the bar. Perched like birds in
      > a
      > > row were Bob
      > > Bullock, then state comptroller, moi, Charles
      > Miles,
      > > the head of
      > > Bullock's personnel department, and Ms. Ann
      > > Richards. Bullock, 20
      > > years in Texas politics, knew every sorry, no good
      > > sumbitch in the
      > > entire state. Some old racist judge from East
      > Texas
      > > came up to
      > > him, "Bob, my boy, how are you?"
      > >
      > > Bullock said, "Judge, I'd like you to meet my
      > > friends: This is Molly
      > > Ivins with the Texas Observer."
      > >
      > > The judge peered up at me and said, "How yew,
      > little
      > > lady?"
      > >
      > > Bullock, "And this is Charles Miles, the head of
      > my
      > > personnel
      > > department." Miles, who is black, stuck out his
      > > hand, and the judge
      > > got an expression on his face as though he had
      > just
      > > stepped into a
      > > fresh cowpie. He reached out and touched Charlie's
      > > palm with one
      > > finger, while turning eagerly to the pretty,
      > blonde,
      > > blue-eyed Ann
      > > Richards. "And who is this lovely lady?"
      > >
      > > Ann beamed and replied, "I am Mrs. Miles."
      > >
      > > One of the most moving memories I have of Ann is
      > her
      > > sitting in a
      > > circle with a group of prisoners. Ann and Bullock
      > > had started a rehab
      > > program in prisons, the single most effective
      > thing
      > > that can be done
      > > to cut recidivism (George W. Bush later destroyed
      > > the program). The
      > > governor of Texas looked at the cons and said, "My
      > > name is Ann, and I
      > > am an alcoholic."
      > >
      > > She devoted untold hours to helping other
      > > alcoholics, and anyone who
      > > ever heard her speak at an AA convention knows how
      > > close laughter and
      > > tears can be.
      > >
      > > I have known two politicians who completely
      > reformed
      > > the
      > > bureaucracies they were elected to head. Bob
      > Bullock
      > > did it by
      > > kicking ass at the comptroller's until hell
      > wouldn't
      > > have it. Fear
      > > was his m.o. Ann Richards did it by working hard
      > to
      > > gain the trust of
      > > the employees and then listening to what they told
      > > her. No one knows
      > > what's wrong with a bureaucracy better than the
      > > bureaucrats who work
      > > in it.
      > >
      > > The 1990 race for governor was one of the craziest
      > I
      > > ever saw, with
      > > Ann representing "New Texas."
      > >
      > > Republican nominee Claytie Williams was a perfect
      > > foil, down to his
      > > boots, making comments that could be construed as
      > > racist and sexist.
      > > Ann was the candidate of everybody else,
      > especially
      > > for women. She
      > > represented all of us who have lived with and
      > > learned to handle good
      > > ol' boys, and she did it with laughter. The spirit
      > > of the crowd that
      > > set off from the Congress Avenue Bridge up to the
      > > Capitol the day of
      > > Ann's inauguration was so full of spirit and joy.
      > I
      > > remember watching
      > > San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros that day with
      > tears
      > > running down his
      > > cheeks because Chicanos were finally included.
      > >
      > > Ann got handed a stinking mess: Damn near every
      > > state function was
      > > under court order. The prisons were so crowded,
      > > dangerous convicts
      > > were being let loose. She had a long, grinding
      > four
      > > years and wound
      > > up fixing all of it. She always said you could get
      > a
      > > lot done in
      > > politics if you didn't need to take credit.
      > >
      > > But she disappointed many of her fans because she
      > > was so busy fixing
      > > what was broken, she never got to change much. The
      > > '94 election was a
      > > God, gays and guns deal. Annie had told the
      > > legislature that if they
      > > passed a right-to-carry law, she would veto it.
      > They
      > > did, and she
      > > did. At the last minute, the NRA launched a big
      > > campaign to convince
      > > the governor that we Texas women would feel ever
      > so
      > > much safer if we
      > > could just carry guns in our purses.
      > >
      > > Said Annie, "Well, you know that I am not a
      > sexist,
      > > but there is not
      > > a woman in this state who could find a gun in her
      > > handbag."
      > >
      > >
      > >
      >
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