May She Rest In Peace
I was saddened to hear of the passing of Ann Richards last night. George Bush may give Texas a bad name, but Ann Richards did just the opposite. Any state that can produce Ann Richards and Molly Ivins, is okay by me. One of my favorite Ann Richards quips comes courtesy of Molly Ivins in her book Shrub. While Governor of Texas, Richards was being lobbied hard by the NRA to sign a concealed weapons bill and at one point, they even attempted to appeal to the Governors feminist side by suggesting that women would feel safer if allowed to carry a gun in their purse. As Governor Richards vetoed the bill as promised, she said, “You know that I am not a sexist, but there’s not a woman in this state who could find a gun in her handbag.” Every time I’m digging around in my purse for my keys, I always think of Ann Richards. She was smart, tough, funny as hell and so much more. She will be greatly missed.