Sunday, September 17, 2006
Ann Richards Is In Heaven
How do I know? Well, she certainly deserves to be, if for no other reason than this:
At a long-ago political do at Scholz Garten in Austin, everybody who was anybody was there meetin’ and greetin’ at a furious pace. A group of us got the tired feet and went to lean our butts against a table at the back wall of the bar. Perched like birds in a row were Bob Bullock, then state comptroller; moi; Charles Miles, the head of Bullock’s personnel department; and Ms. Ann Richards. Bullock, 20 years in Texas politics, knew every sorry, no good sumbitch in the entire state. Some old racist judge from East Texas came up to him: “Bob, my boy, how are you?” Bullock said, “Judge, I’d like you to meet my friends: This is Molly Ivins with the Texas Observer.” The judge peered up at me and said, “How yew, little lady?” Bullock, “And this is Charles Miles, the head of my personnel department.” Miles, who is black, stuck out his hand, and the judge got an expression on his face as though he had just stepped into a fresh cowpie. He reached out and touched Charlie’s palm with one finger, while turning eagerly to the pretty, blond, blue-eyed Ann Richards. “And who is this lovely lady?” Ann beamed and replied, “I am Mrs. Miles.”I wonder how high Mister Racist Judge jumped on hearing that. :-)
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