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Who Let the Dogs In?: Incredible Political Animals I Have Known Paperback – July 12, 2005
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Ivins told her young editor that the concept of a "career retrospective" makes her feel "slightly dead." To the reader, Ivins' work is still bursting with wit, insight, and just plain fun. Her intimate knowledge of government, based on forty-plus years of reporting from small-town Texas to the vagaries of the White House, gives her a unique perspective and a hilarious way of expressing herself. She can even make us snicker at the Nixon years--no small feat.
In my opinion, "Political Animals" is an excellent introduction to Molly Ivins for those who don't know her work, as well as a delectable read for those who do. You keep going, girl.
Christian Conservatives and those who don't vote because they feel that it would not make a difference would be well-advised to read her introduction. She makes the case that Christian Conservatives are being used by the greed-is-good neocons. And for the non-voters, she harks back to a time when people followed politics with greater intensity than people follow sports today--like their lives depended on it-because it does.
I would say, Molly Ivins for President, except we could probably never convince her to give up her noble career as a writer to lower herself into the political arena.
So, I'm reading again "How to Survive Reagan", which was originally published in "The Progressive" in 1986, reprinted in "Molly Ivins Can't Say That, Can She?" in 1991, and now reprinted for a second time in "Who Let the Dogs In?" The same is true for essays like "The Word's The Thing" (first published in The Progressive in 1988, and again in 1991 in "Can't Say That".
But, in my opinion, worse yet is that some essays originally appearing under one title have been included in this book with a completely new title.... see "Don't Worry, They're Happy" (originally printed in Savvy in 1989 and reprinted in 'Can't Say That' in 1991), born again in "Dogs" as "Killing the Messenger." There's also an essay comparing Ross Perot to a Chihuahua (voice, not size) that I know I've read in another Ivins book (could be Can't Say That, but I'm done cross-checking for today). I think that's intellectually dishonest.Read more ›
Liberal or not, Ivins is an equal opportunity critic who is not shy about savaging lefties. Bill Clinton comes in for special criticism for pandering to the right by booting poor mothers and kids off the welfare rolls. But then, had she known that "Shrub" Bush was waiting in the wings, she might have been a little kinder to ol' Bill. Molly Ivins will have none of the common wisdom that politicians do what they have to do to gain and keep power. She insists in the quaint notion, also found in the Constitution, that government's purpose is to "promote the general welfare and secure the Blessings of Liberty." She takes dead aim at any politician whose work is destructive of the general welfare and secures the blessings of liberty for themselves and their kind. In Molly Ivins' world, that means that Republicans and especially neocons take the brunt of her ire.
If you do not share that version of reality, Ivins' writings will make you grit your teeth and harvest your hair. Save yourself the dentist and transplant bills and look elsewhere. But for those who love freedom and justice for all and who support the prudent exercise of government, Ivins is your gal.
Who are the "dogs" in "Who Let the Dogs In?" They are the Clintons and Bushes, Gingrich, Gore, Richards and Cheney. They are also writers and attorneys who champion the rights of the disenfranchised when it is not only unpopular, but downright impoverishing.Read more ›
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Oh how I miss the biting writing of Molly Ivins!! Wouldn't she have a ball with this crop of bozos running for President??Published 10 months ago by Regina A. Lucas
Molly Ivins’ views on American politics were incisive, humorous and honest. What makes her humor so funny is that she was raised in a very conservative area of Tejas yet, she was... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Rolando V. Arango
I love anything Molly Ivans wrote! Wish she was still around to write more columns!Published 17 months ago by N Burrows
This book is essentially a "greatest hits" album; it's a retrospective on Molly's best political commentary over the last 20-30 years of her life (running from Reagan to W. Bush). Read morePublished on September 2, 2010 by James Yanni