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Molly Ivins: Remembering Ann Richards

Posted on Sep 15, 2006
Ann Richards
From tsl.state.tx.us

By Molly Ivins

The Texas-based columnist reminisces about the former Texas governor, who died Wednesday from cancer. “Anyone who ever heard her speak at an AA convention knows how close laughter and tears can be.”


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?”

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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, blond, 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 MO. 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 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 1994 election was a God, gays and guns deal. Annie had told state legislators 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.”

To find out more about Molly Ivins and see works by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website, www.creators.com.


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By Independence, April 27, 2011 at 10:38 am Link to this comment
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Stands back from the keyboard in amazmeent! Thanks!

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By I love Texas, April 5, 2008 at 1:35 pm Link to this comment
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I love you Ann, and I love you Molly.  Our state is diminished without you two around.  You are the epitome of a real Texas woman, an ideal I only dream to live up to.  You will never be forgotten!

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Of course all comments will be “moderated” because liberals are communists and all communists censor anything that does not conform to their ridiculous ideals because without that censorship they would have nothing to stand on because their ideals are absurd, stupid, and proven failures!  Communists are fascists, bigots, and failures!

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By real person, February 3, 2008 at 9:16 pm Link to this comment
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molly ivans is a whore

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By T. Schmeltz, January 1, 2007 at 10:18 am Link to this comment
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I bought a huge, deluxe collection of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s music.  In the rather fat booklet that came with the CD collection, Ann Richards wrote the introduction!  And true to form she was gutsy, heart-felt and memorable.  What an amazing gal.  I always really liked her.  And she apparently thought the same of SRV, naming a calendar day (Oct 3?) as his rememberence day.  Yep, great great woman.

Best quote: “Poor George (W)... he was born with a silver foot in his mouth!”

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By Missing Ann!, October 15, 2006 at 6:02 pm Link to this comment
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I guess I was in shock a month ago when Ann died.  Although I was sad then - I am REALLY sad today.  Still can’t believe it.  I just keep thinking about her kids and grandkids that she loved and LOVES so much and how hard this must be on them.  My prayers and thoughts are with them.

Although I feel that Ann is a much bigger force on the other side and we will see her again - it just is still so hard to cope with this loss at this time. 

Thanks, Molly for the great article.  I laughed through my tears.

Send us some hope FAST, Ann.  Love you AWR!!

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By Mark Dover, October 12, 2006 at 9:50 pm Link to this comment
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as a canadian, i am sure i am not alone in my appreciation of ann richards. we admire someone
in the public with such great wit, common sense
and the ability to get the job done. she was also a beautiful woman. we shall miss her.

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By S Morrow, October 6, 2006 at 8:55 pm Link to this comment
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I sit here reading about Ann Richards’ passing almost a full month after her funeral, and tears are welling up in my eyes.  She meant so much to me…she was such an inspiration to ALL people to live and do their dream.  The biggest draw about her was her ability to relate to all people, regardless of their station in life.  There aren’t words to describe the incredible sense of loss I feel at her passing, even a month later.  She truly loved the state of Texas, as any good, native born Texan should!  I admired her intelligence, brass, charm, wit, and most importantly, her incredible humor!  God bless Ann Richards now and forever.  She will be sorely missed for years to come.
Stan / Austin, TX

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By David N., October 6, 2006 at 2:47 am Link to this comment
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I’d like to apologize for my harsh words below. I was angry that a person who was responsible for so many deaths as governor of Texas was described almost like a saint by some. I used language that is offensive and inappropriate.

When I wrote “good riddance” I certainly did not mean, like someone else wrote, that Ann Richards deserved cancer, nor that the death of a person can ever be good. I meant that I won’t miss her as a politician. And that I won’t shed any tears for her when i did no such thing for her victims.

I do, however, stand by my opinion that governor Richards was responsible for the deaths of dozens of people. Especially as she got to choose the members of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles. The members she chose certainly did nothing to stop even the worst death penalty cases in the state.

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By Sonny Hood and Chance Birdsall, September 27, 2006 at 9:26 pm Link to this comment
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As always, so poinant, eloquent, and salty - just the way Governor Richards would have it.  I am sure you not only shed many a tear, but let loose a good belly laugh or two while you penned this wonderful tribute! We were so blessed that Ann gave of herself and her talents so unconditionally; and Ann was very blessed to have you as a close personal friend.  God bless Ann, and may She protect and bless you too.

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By John Henson, September 27, 2006 at 12:54 pm Link to this comment
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Thanks, Molly.  It was a beautiful piece.  Ann was, and is, a part of us all.

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By Christy, September 25, 2006 at 12:18 pm Link to this comment
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Molly, thank you for your memories of Ann. I know you were good friends and you will miss her much more than those of us who only knew her from Texas politics. I was a couple years shy of voting age when Ann ran for governor, but I was so happy she was elected. Regardless of what ensued after she left office, she did all she could to be the best to the people of Texas.

I loved her, and I love you. I wish you the best in your own health issues, and hope you are well. You and Ann are my heroes.

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By Michael Anderson, September 24, 2006 at 10:56 pm Link to this comment
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I remember seeing Ann Richards, at the Broken Spoke Dance Hall in Austin Texas at a campaign fundraiser for her second term as governor. My wife and I got to speak to her for awhile, and asked if it would be possible to get a printed transcript of her “silver foot” speech. She replied with a big smile on her face “Sure”! We got it in the mail that next week,signed by her and also noting how much she enjoyed our visit,and our interest in her campaign. Im so sad shes gone. So Molly, keep up the good fight! The rest of us down here are counting on you.

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By Caroline Gould, September 22, 2006 at 4:23 pm Link to this comment
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I just want to acknowledge you, Molly, and the heartbreak you’re experiencing as one of Ann’s friends.  It’s a beautiful piece.  I can’t imagine what it must have taken to write it.

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By Marilyn K. Hauk, September 21, 2006 at 8:04 am Link to this comment
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Molly Ivins, thanks so much for allowing people to pour out their hearts about this great Texan, Ann Richards. What great examples of two great Texas women: Molly and Ann.

As for Randy Lado, who says Ann Richards deserved cancer and will roast in hell:

Ann Richards would be the first, I think, to advise others to forgive comments such as those. Of course, she would sum it up with wit and humor only as Ann Richards could.

But I think she would find forgiveness for this man because to have that much venom in your soul surely is a sign of sickness. Such arrogance proclaims omnipotence. He deserves our pity and our prayers.

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By marilyn bergess, September 21, 2006 at 7:41 am Link to this comment
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Thank you Ann Richards for standing up for women’s rights. I do think the world will be a better place when men like randy lado are gone, so go soon randy.

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By jackie, September 20, 2006 at 10:12 am Link to this comment
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we need more Ann’s in this world…we need more Molly’s….Be well Molly…be well…..

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By Bonnie Russell, September 20, 2006 at 7:11 am Link to this comment
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I’m picturing Ann and Mark Twain hitting on each other.

I think Ann might ask we forget praying for her soul, but urge us to belt out a song with a little dancing, instead. 

And for those leaving nasty remarks?  Ann would probably offer them comfort in a twinkling. 

Exactly why Ann was so Great.

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By HERBERT AGYEMANG-DUAH, September 20, 2006 at 5:54 am Link to this comment
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Ann Richards had hair the size of the lone star state; along with a colourful charisma that crawled and drawled Texan.
She possessed an overt brashness, which just stopped short of ‘obnoxious exhibitionism’.
Was she opinionated? Yes! ; But certainly, not bigoted.

Incredibly personified ‘the archetype’ and ‘the stereotype Texan’; and yet remarkably, the very antitype.
This is why she was equally admired by both texaphobics and even pro-republicans in America and here in Great Britain.

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By Patty, September 19, 2006 at 9:29 am Link to this comment
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Thanks Molly———my 90 year old Mother thinks you are the greatest and, she loved Ann Richards. She was a hero to all….she will be missed. Now who will help keep the Bush in line?

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By SHEILA OSBURN, September 19, 2006 at 12:33 am Link to this comment
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I AM FURIOUS SOB’S LIKE RANDY LADO & DAVID N. COULD SAY SUCH TERRIBLE THINGS ABOUT ANN RICHARDS& EVEN INCLUDE CARTER & CLINTON IM THEIR VENOM. TO SAY ANN DESERVED CANCER & HE HOPED SHE DIED A MISERABLE DEATH IS UNFORGIVABLE.ARE THEY ON G.W.‘S PAYROLL? HE HAS WREAKED MORE DEATH & HAVOC ON THIS WORLD SINCE HITLER.REMEMBER,RANDY & DAVID N.,“WHAT GOES AROUND,COMES AROUND”! BEST BE CAREFUL.GOD YOU ARE ABOUT TO GET A GREAT NEW ASSISTANT ,SHE WILL MAKE YOU LAUGH & OFFER SOUND ADVICE.YOU ESPECIALLY NEED A GOOD LAUGH AFTER SEEING THE TERRIBLE MESS G.W.& CO. HAVE MADE HERE.I MAY NOT TYPE WELL,I’M NEW TO THIS COMPUTER STUFF,BUT I KNOW BULLSHIT WHEN I SEE IT OR READ IT! I HOPE YOU BOTH HAVE A SPECIAL SPOT ON “THE DARK SIDE” ALL PICKED OUT.HITLER WILL BE WAITING       TO GREET SUCH ASSHOLES AS YOU. YOU ARE JUST HIS KIND! BLESS YOU,ANN!WE WILL MISSYOU & THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES!!!

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By Melinda, September 18, 2006 at 10:39 pm Link to this comment
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I too was a single mother, with three young children.  I met Ann Richards on several occasions in a previous life and career.  She was inspiring and hilarious.  Ann reminded me that no matter what happens in life, you have to find the silver thread and hang on to it with everything you have in your heart and soul.  Ann, you will be missed more than you ever imagined.  Melinda/Austin, Texas

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By Anthony Chapple, September 18, 2006 at 10:13 pm Link to this comment
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In Texas-speak, we would say that she was one giant of a woman! So much so, that no one ever even considered that she would die. 

I’m very sorry for us that she has gone away. 

Ann Richards had the ability to inspire people to tune in on what’s happening in their government—something increasingly lacking in today]s politicians.

Ann Richards shattered records, ceilings, stereotypes, prejudices, sexism, chauvinism, critism and pessimism.  She saw public service as a priviledge and an honor and treated it justly so.

She saw all people for our individual value to a free and just society.

Life for me in Texas is better because Ann Richards was once our governor.  I admired her.  I loved her.  I miss her.

May God grant Ann Richards peaceful rest.  And may God bless all of us whom she has left behind.

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By Michelle Taylor, September 18, 2006 at 9:33 pm Link to this comment
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What a gal!
I bumped into this great lady a lot as an intern at the Capitol when she was treasurer, and I’ve never met a more down-to-earth, sincere person.
After reading some of these flaming, absolutely incorrect responses, it makes me envy her all over again ... she’s finally free from these wrongheaded idiots.
[you should read the rest of this while humming along to ‘every sperm is sacred by monty python.]
Ann oversaw a massive prison building and reform in Texas that made conditions more humane for the exploding prison population.
It was the GOP led by former gov. shrub that put in the express lane to the death chamber in texas.

btw, this fabulous handgun law has “protected” virtually no one—no one is blogging about how they fended off a rapist with that .38 in their Dooney and Burke bag—but there are hundreds that have been killed by the surge in irresponsible gun handling. Many of those are the children the [anti]christian coalition wants to make sure are born with their abortion bans and hampering access to birth control.

Unlike Ann, No one in the bush white house has to worrry about heaven or hell—they have no soul.

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By Larry from Iowa, September 18, 2006 at 7:47 pm Link to this comment
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Thank you so much , Molly,!! You and Ann are the BEST ..! ..... soul sisters from Texas who have enlivened and enriched many lives. I know you had cancer too Molly and I hope you are doing well with your health ! Keep gettin ‘er done !!

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By Denise Lewis, September 18, 2006 at 6:59 pm Link to this comment
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I am a DIE-HARD republican, but she is the only democrat I have ever voted for!! And probably the last.

Good bye dear lady, you worked hard and made Texas proud

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By glenda, September 18, 2006 at 5:19 pm Link to this comment
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To Ann Richards, I never knew you personally, but I hated it when you lost to that white trash, and massive liar, known as George Bush.  Even then, you could tell he didn’t have sense enough to come in out of the rain. Thank you for allowing women the right, to make their own choices, even though it cost you votes from the so called christian coalition.  Thanks again, and enjoy heaven. One thing is for certain, you won’t have to worry about seeing George W. there.

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By Vicky Lutman, September 18, 2006 at 2:57 pm Link to this comment
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This country has lost one of it’s most colorful and respected women of our time.  My favorite line was “Ginger Rogers did everthing Fred Astaire did, except she did it backwards and in high heels.”
Ever since she spoke at the 1988 Democratic Convention, I had hopes that Ann richards would be the first female president of the United States.  Thank you Ann for all that you taught us.

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By Elsa, September 18, 2006 at 2:40 pm Link to this comment
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Damn.  Now we can’t elect her President (which we should have done years ago).

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By Roberta "Bobbie" Morales, September 18, 2006 at 10:49 am Link to this comment
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I will always remember looking into those sparkling, multi-dimentional, blue sapphire eyes of hers… which reflected the depth of her wisdom, beauty, strength, brilliance of character, compassion and kindness!  I am a “Proud Latina Woman” in Texas working towards improving quality of life for all…and today pledge… to continue to do so, in honor of what this “Great Woman” did for all people of color, all recovering alcoholics, and all women. 

May her spirit soar through the universe, and continue to guide us towards Peace, Integrity, Love, and Justice for All!!

“Que Vivan las Mujeres”!!

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By roberta, September 17, 2006 at 5:44 pm Link to this comment
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whats a url?
i don’t know you mollie ivans, but thanks ......she was all that ......and more…..i met ann richards on the sober sailors cruise from san diego before she was a govener…..she was a judge….god she was pretty, every hair in place, and a grin that never left her face. and you are right how close is a tear and a laugh, in her speech.  every one on the ship was there that afternoon, we sat on the floor even…..i was in my 1st. year, it was my first convention,and her talk was the highlight of the cruise…...but little did we know of what was in her future (nor did she of course) and as i later got to know that speech ann and the regular every day conversation’s were just natural gut busting funny. i had never met a lady judge, and that impressed me then…...but later…....when she was elected govenor and he picture was in the paper…........i said to a friend….boy, don’t you think she looks a lot like that lady judge that made that great talk on the the sober sailors cruse a few years ago…...??? i think it is. wow…...govenor of texas….bla,bla, bla, bla,on and on i went….....thanks again mollie

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By lightning_fast_draw, September 17, 2006 at 2:11 pm Link to this comment
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Not only do I miss Ann the person, I greatly miss Ann the politician. The takeover of Texas by the Christian Coalition has filled our jails with victimless criminals, bankrupted our schools, teaches abstinence and traditional marriage as the only means of birth control in our schools and has passed a constitutional ammendment banning gays from getting married.
I really miss Ann the politician. She was a Christian too, but she looked at people with a realistic eye. Her style was using coalitions of the willing and capable rather than closed door cronies. I hope one day Texas will see that time again. It was refreshing.

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By Robert Campbell, JD, September 17, 2006 at 12:18 pm Link to this comment
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Re-checking my dates, I must have called the State Treasurer’s Office, or else it prophetically WAS the Governor’s Office.

Not knowing how far apart these two offices are, let’s just say Ann’s voice came out loud and clear in many, many ways.

If there is a convention in heaven anytime soon, she’ll likely be giving the keynote address in her own prophetic way, and the angels too will join in a chorus of genuine cathartic laughter.

Again, we all miss her.

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By Cowtown Pattie, September 17, 2006 at 11:34 am Link to this comment
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Thank you, Molly!  Like Ann, you are a bona fide Texas Treasure.

Very nice tribute to a very gutsy lady.

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By Chatty Kathy, September 17, 2006 at 8:23 am Link to this comment
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Hey, David N., there’s a term for people who troll obituaries, but I can’t use it in a family forum.  Go take your Lying-Bitter-Old-Queen act somewhere else.

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By Joel Rosenberg, September 16, 2006 at 11:14 pm Link to this comment
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My favorite Ann Richards remark—“George Bush was born with a silver foot in his mouth” (then directed at President #41)—is more applicable today than it was sixteen years ago. (The son has made the father seem in retrospect downright Lincolnesque.) Ms. Richards was a great lady and she brought down the house with that one.

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By Robert Campbell, JD, September 16, 2006 at 7:31 pm Link to this comment
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I have always lived in California. I remember in 1988 knowing I would be at an evening business meeting in Hollywood when the Democratic National Convention would be broadcast and knowing nothing about programming a VCR, I called the Governor’s Office in Texas to see if they knew what time The Hon. Ann Richards would give her address.

For some reason it hadn’t occurred to me to just call the DNC which would probably have been less intrusive, and I thought I would just get a receptionist in the Capitol Building or some kind of recording.

Instead, I was put right through to the Governor’s Office and the gentleman answering the phone said he’d find out, but he did not punch a hold button, he just put down the receiver and I could hear him in the background mumbling to someone and saying “because the guy needs help setting his VCR and he doesn’t want to miss one word of it.”

I then heard this nice lady holler real loud in the background:

“TIME IT TO RECORD AT AROUND 7, BUT BETTER SET IT ON EXTENDED PLAY !”

Governor Richards has been an inspiration for all of us !

In another very special way as well, the way she lived shows me that life itself can be on extended play as long as I take it one day at a time.

God bless Ann Richards !

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By Randy Lado, September 16, 2006 at 6:23 pm Link to this comment
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The world is a better place with Ann Richards gone.

She was more concerned with the right to kill innocent babies than she was the right of citizens being able to defend themselves against criminals.

It was funny to see Clinton at her funeral, to think it was only a week ago he was trying to bully ABC around and block ABC’s freedom of speech in which content they air on their network, glad to see ABC stood up to the fascist Clinton and Sandy Berger(Burglar).

Ann Richards deserved the cancer she got, I can only hope the pain she experienced with the cancer was of the same magnitude babies feel as the “doctors” suction their brains out.

Roast in Hell Ann, and leave an empty seat on either side of you for Carter and Clinton.

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By moonbeams, September 16, 2006 at 2:22 pm Link to this comment
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And this particular column is an example of why I love Molly Ivins so much. I was in Atlanta at the Democratic Convention in 1988. I had the pleasure of meeting Ann Richards and I was there in the audience when she made her very memorable “silver foot in his mouth” remarks. Loved Ann. Love Molly.

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By Dave Reedy, September 16, 2006 at 12:37 pm Link to this comment
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She was a genuine human being - full of the same faults that most of us fail to correct.  She lead by example and worked on her faults through her recovery program. Her sense of wit, wisdom and common sense never collided - but gave us all inspiration and she was a role model for us.  She embodied what was best in national and local politics - unlike the current resident of the White House and his coterie of horrible human beings!

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By Karen Anderson, September 16, 2006 at 11:49 am Link to this comment
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Looking for the next Ann Richards? Washington’s Senator Patty Murray is also “the real thing.” I’d like to know, who else is followning in Ann’s footsteps. We need more like her.

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By Wisco, September 16, 2006 at 10:47 am Link to this comment
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Molly Ivins writes one helluva obit.

And that photo is awesome—just perfect for the piece.

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By L. Joan Rypkema, September 16, 2006 at 5:21 am Link to this comment
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Ann Richards walked through and out of this life in the unique aura of grit, grace, and grandeur. No need to look back, Ann, you will not be forgotten.

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By David N., September 15, 2006 at 11:10 pm Link to this comment
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I dont’t really get why people get so sentimental over this ruthless mass murderer. I’ll always remember her as one of the people who killed Johnny Frank Garrett, a severely mentally ill person.

If I’m not mistaken about fifty people were put to death by a Texas Board of Paroles and Pardons appointed and given guidelines by her as governor. Her dying, at a respectable age and of natural causes, really brings tears to my eyes, the whole thing. *sarcastic*

Good riddance!

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By Jim Eggleston, September 15, 2006 at 10:18 pm Link to this comment
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Thanks Molly for a great tribute to Ann Richards. I will miss her humor,her laughter, her devotion to the people whom she served. She will be missed but not forgotten. May she rest in Peace.

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By CapitalCat, September 15, 2006 at 10:10 pm Link to this comment
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When I heard of Ann Richards’ death, I immediately got a wistful smile, remembering this fiesty, fabulous woman. And my second thought was, “I can’t wait to read Molly Ivins’ column about Ann.”

Thank you for a wonderful tribute, Molly.

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By William Timberman, September 15, 2006 at 9:55 pm Link to this comment
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Molly, thank you, and may God bless Ann.  She was a wonderful person, and a light to all of us.  God bless you too; you have the same light in you.  When it’s as dark as it is today, I look southeast across New Mexico, and I swear I can see it.  It makes me proud to be a human being.

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By robin, September 15, 2006 at 9:15 pm Link to this comment
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Thank you for sharing your wonderfull, witty and poignant stories about Ann Richards. I knew she was a gutsy broad and she’ll be missed by so many.

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By Bluestateman, September 15, 2006 at 7:38 pm Link to this comment
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Just to clear up a slight misunderstanding…..........Ann cracked the “silver foot in his mouth” line at the 1988 Democratic Convention.  It was directed at George H.W. Bush, ‘Dubya’s’ daddy.

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By KISS, September 15, 2006 at 7:07 pm Link to this comment
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While Ann had a gift of quick humor that I did enjoy. She got to far left for me. Her fight for true non-biased for minority groups was to shout for…her social engineering was to crazy for most. The quip about Dubya having been born with a silver foot in his mouth…priceless. RIP Ann Richards.

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By TruthPlease, September 15, 2006 at 6:21 pm Link to this comment
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I have been following Ann’s career for many years - Oh how we could use a few more thousand of her in this poor country!  She was severly maligned in the Texas “election” that brought George W Bush to our attention - would that it had gone the other way - we’d all be so much better off.  Well, maybe not ALL of us - the rich folks of his tribe are doing quite well, I hear!  That was Karl Rove’s first foray into slime politics, and he’s still on a ruinous roll for his keepers.  I can’t wait for the truth to finally come out about these guys - hopefully at their trial for the nearly endless list of laws they’ve broken so callousy.  Ask yourselves the “Reagan question” - except for the 1% of 1% who’ve been well taken care of by this administration, Are you better off than you were 6 years ago?  As for me, HELL NO!!!!

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By D. H. Fabian, September 15, 2006 at 3:32 pm Link to this comment
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Thank you, Molly Ivins, for the wonderful tribute to Ann Richards. Our political “leadership” could learn a thing or two about the meaning of integrity from the example of Ann Richards.

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By David Culver, September 15, 2006 at 3:15 pm Link to this comment
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In this, her first column since August 24, Molly Ivins pays a heartfelt tribute to her friend Ann Richards. It’s also a tribute to Molly: if anyone could sum up Ann Richard’s legacy in a few words, its her.

One of my favorite memories of Ann was at the DEmocratic National Convention in 2000 when she told everyone to feel sorry for George: “He was born with a silvedr foot in his mouth.”

Ann was the genuine article. The Texas voters who passed her up for “Shrub” is something for which they should be eternally embarrased.

May we remember the best lessons of her life and do likewise.

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By Margaret Mollick, September 15, 2006 at 3:06 pm Link to this comment
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Thank you, Molly, for this wonderful reminisce and tribute. What a wonderful person Ann Richards was! I am so sad.

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By ANNIE WIXSON, September 15, 2006 at 3:03 pm Link to this comment
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Thank You for remembering ANN so lovingly. I never had the pleasure of meeting her yet I feel as though I’ve lost a dear old friend. THEY DON’T MAKE’UM LIKE ANN ANYMORE.  Ann from Mississippi.

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