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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.
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 10 months ago by Rolando V. Arango
Reading Molly is always such a delight. Each time I finish one of her books am sad that she is gone.Published 19 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 24 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 on June 14, 2013 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 on November 17, 2012 by delay
Molly Ivins is simply the finest Bleeding Heart Liberal who ever lived - and the sharpest writer as well. Read morePublished on November 1, 2012 by Francie