Molly Ivins lost her third fight against breast cancer tonight.
What a wit she was -- she gave us "Shrub" for goodness sake -- and how fitting a moniker that is.
We lived in the same part of town, and would see her on occasion in Shady Grove or Magnolia, two neighborhood restaurants. We restrained ourselves from running over and asking her to autograph our Texas Observers, but I doubt she would have minded had we done so.
Here are a few quotes, in case you have managed to have missed her wit:
"It is possible to read the history of this country as one long struggle to extend the liberties established in our Constitution to everyone in America."
"In Texas, we do not hold high expectations for the [governor's] office; it's mostly been occupied by crooks, dorks and the comatose."
"...Phil Gramm, the senator from Enron..."
"I have been attacked by Rush Limbaugh on the air, an experience somewhat akin to being gummed by a newt. It doesn't actually hurt, but it leaves you with slimy stuff on your ankle."
and from her last column: "We are the people who run this country. We are the deciders and we need to raise hell."