this is why Molly Ivins is missed

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For anyone who needs a reminder why Molly Ivins’ untimely passing is such a blow to American journalism, read Paul Krugman’s recollections of her (h/t: Ron Chusid at Liberal Values):

I’ve been going through Molly’s columns from 2002 and 2003, the period when most of the wise men of the press cheered as Our Leader took us to war on false pretenses, then dismissed as “Bush haters” anyone who complained about the absence of W.M.D. or warned that the victory celebrations were premature.

Krugman lists a number of her eerily prescient analyses of Iraq’s “three-way civil war” and the quagmire of occupation, and closes with:

So Molly Ivins — who didn’t mingle with the great and famous, didn’t have sources high in the administration, and never claimed special expertise on national security or the Middle East — got almost everything right. Meanwhile, how did those who did have all those credentials do?

With very few exceptions, they got everything wrong. They bought the obviously cooked case for war — or found their own reasons to endorse the invasion. They didn’t see the folly of the venture, which was almost as obvious in prospect as it is with the benefit of hindsight. And they took years to realize that everything we were being told about progress in Iraq was a lie.

Rest in peace, Molly. You are missed.


update (1:29pm):
The “Tributes” page at the Texas Observer contains memorials from the usual suspects such as Bill Moyers and Jim Hightower, and these surprising words from the man Ivins referred to as Shrub:

Molly Ivins was a Texas original. She was loved by her readers and by her many friends, particularly in Central Texas. 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. Laura and I send our condolences to Molly Ivins’ family and friends.

It’s quite a testament to Ivins’ talent that such a frequent target of her ire was moved to write those words.

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