Notice of two characters dead today or earlier. Molly Ivins of Texas and a whole lot of interesting newspaper columns died today of breast cancer which she had been fighting for years. And, George V. Cunningham also died recently according to a David Kranz column in the ARGUS today.
Here is a link to Firedog Lake Blog with a photo and some bits of Molly Ivins columns.
LINK in new win-- Molly Ivins Death Noted at FireDog Lake Blog
Molly Ivins was a reminder that despite the presence of the Bushes in the White House, there was at least some intelligent life in Texas. That will not probably be so obvious from now on however.
I took a photo of the photos in the Argus column of George Cunningham and one of the Buttons from his campaign the Argus used. Someplace I may have one of those buttons or stickers.
George V. Cunningham was a character to say the least. I talked to him a few times back in the days when he was working for George McGovern. He had some good stories of campaigns and campaigning. Can't remember much of them however. He also told some stories about days at USD in Vermillion and sneaking into one of the sororities..perhaps Theta Tau..to raid their refrigerator late at night. That may have ended when crumbs were spotted or a hell hath no fury like a woman situation and new locks were installed.
I would guess that a few of George McGovern's campaign coups probably had the hand of George Cunningham behind them. That might have included getting some veteran to resign from a veterans committee slurring McGovern in a way similar to the Swiftboating of Sen. Kerry. McGovern also filled the front pages of SD newspapers when he came back from a national convention early because of the very serious problems in South Dakota. I don't know, but I suspect George V. would have had more than one merry twinkle in his eye during those days. A neighbor worked with him up in Pierre during the Ralph Herseth Administration. I guess I should see if he can remember any of the stories that used to make us all laugh.
Politics can be clean, dirty, irrelevant, deadly serious, inane, calculated, accidental or just about anything and in nearly every area of life and polity; but some of the people involved are truly fascinating and interesting people.
George V. Cunningham and Molly Ivins were part of political processes, news and opinions. In their own ways they were true characters. They will be missed, but also too soon forgotten. That is the nature of poltics.
Enough of this. If you missed the first two parts, you don't want to miss the remaining parts of the PBS program on the Supreme Court. I don't remember a whole lot of the Constitutional Principles course I took with Doc. Farber lecturing at USD, but the cases sounded familiar. I don't think many people fully realize what Supreme Court decisions have done to make our country what it is today and the many jigs and jogs of those processes and participants from the very beginning of the US until now. PBS is bringing the dry pages to life. Schools should be buying the book and the DVD of the series to give their students a chance to get a feeling for the function of the most important appeals court in the US.
**Stay tuned for a few comments on some really ..well dumb..things I see on TV and read in the papers---Doug Wiken