Molly Ivins Is the Subject of Editorial Cartoon Tributes

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By: E&P Staff

A number of editorial cartoonists paid tribute to Creators Syndicate columnist Molly Ivins, who died Wednesday at the age of 62.

For instance, Ben Sargent of the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman and Universal Press Syndicate showed Ivins’ tombstone engraved with the word “Farewell!” A kid at the site says: “Molly Ivins can’t say that, can she?” — a reference to the title of one of the late columnist’s books.

Signe Wilkinson of The Philadelphia Daily News and the Washington Post Writers Group drew a man in a cowboy hat walking past Ivins’ grave. He says: “But if everyone thought like her, we’d NEVER start misbegotten wars we can’t get out of.”

Mike Keefe of The Denver Post and the Cagle Cartoons (CC) syndicate showed President Bush with smoking feet no longer held to the fire because they were freed from a feet-holding device with the late Ivins’ name on it.

Pat Bagley of The Salt Lake Tribune and CC drew two people looking at a statue of Ivins. The statue’s inscription has Ivins saying: “The President does not have the sense God gave a duck — so it’s up to you and me.” But the “and me” is crossed out.

And Mike Lane of CC showed a whip with Ivins’ name on it descending from the clouds and snapping at Bush’s heels. “We are the deciders!” is written in the sky as an alarmed Bush asks: “Is that you, God?”

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For a look at how The New York Times, in its Ivins obit this week, still censored her famous “gang pluck” line, see Greg Mitchell’s Pressing Issue column on this site.

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