The RTD today printed a very respectful appreciation of Texas columnist Molly Ivins, who died earlier this week of cancer. Ivins was in the regular rotation of syndicated columnists published by the RTD.
Appreciations of the tough-talking Texas populist are to be found all over the Internet; one of the sharpest is that of Paul Krugman, which appears in today’s New York Times.
Ivins was a unique voice in American politics: a southern woman with a fighting populism, a gift for mocking the powerful, and a world-class b.s. detector when it came to the pronouncements of the powerful. You can hire another columnist, and you can even hire another progressive populist columnist, but you can’t hire another Molly Ivins.
She will be sorely missed.