Thursday, February 01, 2007

Molly Ivins dead at 62

From NewsMax:
Witty best-selling author and columnist Molly Ivins, a Texas liberal who died after a long battle with breast cancer, left legions of admirers, even among the politicians she regularly skewered.

President Bush, referred to as "Shrub" in Ivins' writings, said in a statement issued after her death Wednesday evening that Ivins was a Texas original who was loved by her readers and many friends.

"I respected her convictions, her passionate belief in the power of words, and her ability to turn a phrase. She fought her illness with that same passion. Her quick wit and commitment to her beliefs will be missed," Bush said.

Ivins died in her home in hospice care. She was 62. Ivins revealed in early 2006 that she was being treated for breast cancer for the third time.
Personally, I found Ivins to be an aloof and unwitty writer, and her content was so incredibly ill-informed that, in my view, only a liberal would have found it worthwhile to take her stuff seriously.

Having said that, I have a great deal of sympathy for her, for her family and friends. I've lost friends and family members to cancer, and it's an awful way to go. Unless it's someone of pure evil like Osama bin Laden or Mullah Omar, I wouldn't wish death by cancer on anyone on God's green Earth. Personal lives will trump politics any day, and as such, I hope that Ivins' circle of influence finds strength and peace to move forward with their lives.

I may not honor Molly Ivins the writer, but I can honor Molly Ivins the sister and aunt and friend of many. May she rest in peace.