Thursday, September 14
Dammit, she was one of my favorites.
Ann Richards, former Texas governor and all-around ass-kicking chick, died yesterday at the age of 73. This is a really, really sad day for me, because Ann Richards was one of my favorite politicians ever, one of the few remaining people who would speak her mind and say what she thought without checking with a focus group first; her keynote address at the 1988 Democratic convention, for example, was dynamite, and the source of the now-famous George H.W. Bush "born with a silver foot in his mouth" quote.
And sometimes I wonder what would've happened if Ann hadn't vetoed the Texas concealed-carry bill after all and ended up winning re-election over George W. How much better would the world be right now?