September 14, 2006

Ann Richards dead at 73

Ann Richards was genuine, sharp as a tack, honest, fierce, outspoken, a committed Democrat, a very effective governor of Texas, and funny as hell. Her love of people and life was always apparent.

One only can wonder what would have happened if Richards hadn't been the first victim of the Bush/Rove team and had defeated Bush Jr. for Texas Governor. After Bush with the help of Karl Rove managed to unseat her, Richards was asked what she would have done differently if she had known she was going to be a one-term Governor. She grinned and said, "Oh, I would probably have raised more hell."

She made a national name for herself at the 1988 Democratic Convention by bringing down the house saying of Bush Sr., "Poor George. He can't help it. He was born with a silver foot in his mouth." Little did anyone know that Bush Sr. would seem like a Shakespearean actor compared to his son.

In addressing the capability of women, Richards also famously observed that Ginger Rodgers had to do everything Fred Astaire did, only backwards and in heels. She went on to chair the 1992 convention that nominated Bill Clinton.

When asked her opinion of Bill Clinton a few years ago, Richards shot back, "Let me tell ya somethin'. Bill Clinton's not the first man I've had to forgive, and he probably won't be the last."

Ann Richards was one hell of a remarkable woman, period, and I admired her greatly.


At 9/14/2006 11:12 AM, Blogger Kankakee Voice said...

Me too. We need more brave women like her in the democratic party.

At 9/14/2006 1:47 PM, Blogger demgorilla said...

Very sorry to hear about Ms. Richards' passing. She was a unique and fiercely independent woman who took on the rednecks and the good old boys in both parties in Texas. She was a victim of Karl Rove's sleazy campaign strategies during the 1994 governor's race which ended up in a George Bush victory over Richards.

May she rest in peace and thank you for your public service, Governor Richards.

At 9/16/2006 8:10 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Sad to see this loss of a great leader. I had always hoped for her resurgance into politics after the chimperor used Rovian tactics to defeat her....I still wonder if that was the test case for "voter fraud and how to get away with it" by Rove and company.

Ann Richards was a true gem and an inspiration to us all.

At 9/21/2006 4:41 PM, Anonymous paladin said...

Concerning Mike Jacobs, I think Jim Hightower's comment about GHWB is appropriate here when Hightower said "He (Bush)was born on third base and thought he hit a triple."

Also true about Mike Jacobs.


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