Re: [prezveepsenator] Fwd: Molly, about Ann
- 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.
--- Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@...> wrote:
> --- Julie Keller <jakeller@...> wrote:
> > To: email@example.com
> > From: "Julie Keller" <jakeller@...>
> > Date: Fri, 15 Sep 2006 15:04:53 -0000
> > Subject: [utepprogressives] Molly, about Ann
> >=== message truncated ===
> > 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
> > trip, while we
> > all listened to the next rapid, which sounded like
> > certain death, Ann
> > drawled, "It sounds like every whore in El Paso
> > 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
> > that he was
> > idiot, Ann said, "Honey, if you keep doing that,
> > 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
> > 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
> > against a table
> > at the back wall of the bar. Perched like birds in
> > row were Bob
> > Bullock, then state comptroller, moi, Charles
> > 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
> > 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,
> > lady?"
> > Bullock, "And this is Charles Miles, the head of
> > personnel
> > department." Miles, who is black, stuck out his
> > hand, and the judge
> > got an expression on his face as though he had
> > stepped into a
> > fresh cowpie. He reached out and touched Charlie's
> > palm with one
> > finger, while turning eagerly to the pretty,
> > 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
> > sitting in a
> > circle with a group of prisoners. Ann and Bullock
> > had started a rehab
> > program in prisons, the single most effective
> > 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
> > the
> > bureaucracies they were elected to head. Bob
> > did it by
> > kicking ass at the comptroller's until hell
> > have it. Fear
> > was his m.o. Ann Richards did it by working hard
> > 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
> > 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,
> > 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.
> > remember watching
> > San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros that day with
> > 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
> > years and wound
> > up fixing all of it. She always said you could get
> > 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.
> > 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
> > much safer if we
> > could just carry guns in our purses.
> > Said Annie, "Well, you know that I am not a
> > but there is not
> > a woman in this state who could find a gun in her
> > handbag."