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The title flushes out the core concern of the collection. One of the oldest sayings in politics, "You got to dance with them what brung you," points to the reality that special-interest money rules today's politics. For Ivins, the centerpiece of corruption is gold, and such inevitable consequences as the tax burden shifting from corporations to individuals; the widening gap between rich and poor. You've Got to Dance with Them What Brung You, inimitably bold and broad, attacks racism, homophobia, terrorism; offers a terse and dismally delightful excoriation of the "ineffable" Newt Gingrich; reports on political farces at both the state and national levels. It's full of incisive gems that offer insight on some of our national extremes (Timothy McVeigh's obsession with the bizarre and racist book, The Turner Diaries, replete with the bomb recipe that blew up the Murrah Federal Building).
Champion of commonsense and compassion; frank and boldly funny, Molly Ivins has been called by the L.A. Times "H.L. Mencken without the cruelty, Will Rogers with an agenda." Those of us who love Molly Ivins read her for her gutsy, lively, liberal values, and those of us who don't ... should. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Reading Molly is always such a delight. Each time I finish one of her books am sad that she is gone.Published 4 months ago by Socalede
I love her barbs at the clowns who make up our state legislatures.
revealing disclosures of the foibles, greed and downright stupidity of the many of the... Read more
The author is smart, insightful and humorous. Sometimes I take politics too seriously. She gave me a different perspective on the subject. Politics can be funny and often is.Published 9 months ago by Roy Fortin
Molly Ivins' political columns are a treasure. But this collection of Clinton-era columns loses something with the years. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Margaret Gentry
Molly Ivins is a wonderful writer, funny and on point. Her assessment of politics was way ahead of her time. Read morePublished 21 months ago by delay
Molly Ivins is simply the finest Bleeding Heart Liberal who ever lived - and the sharpest writer as well. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Francie
The book arrived in good time and in a great shape. I bought the book to check out some actual facts that supposedly appeared in it. I found them! Read morePublished on November 1, 2009 by George M. Noark
I must admit, right off the bat,I've never heard of Molly Ivins;but I sure know who she is now.I loved this book from beginning to end. Read morePublished on September 14, 2005 by J. Guild
I read this book and I can tell you that Stalin would be proud! If you are looking for comic relief you might get it from this liberal fossil, but don't read it looking for any... Read morePublished on September 8, 2001