Thursday, September 14, 2006

Ann Richards: A REAL Texas Politican Gets Her Wings

I lived in Texas back in the early 1990s when Ann was governor. She was honest, clever, brave, and worked hard to do the right thing. All traits lacking in G. W. Bush, the man who replaced her as governor. He made it very easy to leave Texas, but then he became president, and well, its been difficult to avoid his ravaging lack of skills ever since.

Ann made Texas government for everyone, opening it up to women and people of color:

From the Indianapolis Star:

She grabbed the national spotlight with her keynote address at the 1988 Democratic National Convention when she was the Texas state treasurer. Richards won cheers from delegates when she reminded them that Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, "only backwards and in high heels."

Richards sealed her partisan reputation with a blast at George H. Bush, a fellow Texan who was vice president at the time: "Poor George, he can't help it. He was born with a silver foot in his mouth."

Sins of the father I guess. I miss humor in politics. It is a completely underutilized tool in the Democratic party. Oh for a world where Democrats could come out shootin' with fact-based smacks and still win!


Anonymous Karen said...

There's still hope for Texas. There's Molly Ivins, who makes living in Texas seem like fun, and there's the undeniable fact that Texas produces women like Ann Richards and Molly Ivins. Not to mention Jim Hightower. If people who live in closed-minded places think, they really do think.

6:48 PM  
Blogger Troy said...

I suppose you're right Karen. But all we hear about these days in the Midwest are Tom Delay, Kay Hutchison and that current bozo of a governor Rick Perry.

5:32 AM  

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