by Sukey HowardJune, 1998
Listening to Molly Ivins read her columns and commentary on politics, politicos and hypocriticos (she might consider that redundant) is just a tad better than reading them yourself. She's at her outrageous, refreshing, informed, opinionated, liberal best in this newest collection of reflections, You Got to Dance with Them What Brung You: Politics in the Clinton Years. The "Thems" what have been brought are the high and mighty mega-pols on both sides of the aisle, and the "Thems" they have to dance with are the mega-paid lobbyists and the corporate interests they represent. So it doesn't take a sackful of smarts to figure out that Ms. Ivins is strongly aggrieved (close to having a "wall-eyed, blue-bellied snit") by the dance and strongly in favor of campaign finance reform. But while that theme threads through the whole, she can't stop herself from commenting on the follies and foibles of the silly and shallow, the pompous, the vulgar, the obscenely mean, and along the way Dole, Gingrich, Buchanan, Phil Graham, Rush all of whom she tears Limbaugh from Limbaugh and many more get dowsed with her devilish humor. Reviewed by Sukey Howard.