AUSTIN, Texas - On this blustery day in March, most of...

March 13, 1996|By Laura Lippman | Laura Lippman,SUN STAFF

AUSTIN, Texas - On this blustery day in March, most of Central Texas is under a tornado watch, with formidable dark clouds poised to sweep down on the city. But in Molly Ivins' limestone house on the south side, an irony watch is in effect. Eyebrows arch. Tones shift subtly, creating aural quotation marks around seemingly innocuous comments.

"Stop and Smell the Roses," "Nothin' But Good Times Ahead"

Then the Wall Street Journal asked [then-Vice President Bush] what went through his mind when his plane was shot down in World War II. "Well," replied Bush, "you go back to your fundamental values. I thought about Mother and Dad and the strength I got from them. And God and faith, and the separation of church and state." And who among you shall be so churlish as to doubt that our man Bush was contemplating the separation of church and state as his plane hurtled toward the sea?

F: "Texas George," "Molly Ivins Can't Say That, Can She?"

Pub Date: 3/13/96

Kicking Up Dust; Long, tall Texan: Don't mess with Molly political humorist Ivins has a wit as sharp as her tongue.

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