Thursday, September 14, 2006

Ex-Texas Gov. Ann Richards dies

This question keeps coming back to my mind-

"What if George W. had been stopped in Texas?"

I know, I know, angels-on-the-head-of-a-pin type thing, a hypothetical question with an unknowable answer. But still- I see the parallels happening here in Michigan; a rich, arrogant, out of touch Daddy's boy with no experience trying to play at political office just because he can. We have our own "Dutch Dubya" to stop- and I'm sure she would approve.

Rest in peace Ann, and thank you for your honesty and the ability to tell it like it is. If more Democrats would act like you, maybe we wouldn't be in the trouble that we are in today.

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Former Texas Governor Ann Richards, who sparred with former President George H.W. Bush and later lost the state's top job to his son, President George W. Bush, died on Wednesday. She was 73.

The tough-talking Democratic politician, born Dorothy Ann Willis, had been suffering from esophageal cancer, a person close to the family said, although the cause of death could not immediately be confirmed.

Richards served as Texas governor from 1991 to 1995, when she lost the job to George W. Bush.

Richards jumped to national prominence at the 1988 Democratic National Conventional for her jibe about then-Vice President George H.W. Bush.

"Poor George, he can't help it ... He was born with a silver foot in his mouth," she said.

One of the best lines... ever.

Richards was a staunch supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment and helped get the measure to expand legal protections for women passed in Texas, although the amendment failed to garner enough national support to be added to the U.S. Constitution.

Two years after undergoing treatment for alcohol abuse, Richards was elected Texas state treasurer, and served two terms in that office.

She won the governorship after a bruising battle in 1990, but was defeated in 1994 by George W. Bush, then a political novice who parlayed his success in his home state into a successful bid for the presidency in 2000.

And George lied about his "success", too.

Take heed of the lessons of the past Michigan, and don't let it happen again.