molly ivins


Texas tough

Other states have a history of violence, suspicion of government, and more Baptists than people. What makes Texas different? Robert Wuthnow says it’s oil.



Molly Ivins had the good fortune of growing up in a wealthy oil family in Houston and attending elite schools, just like George W. Bush, to whom her legacy will be forever tied. She became a political journalist in an era in which there were three U.S. presidents from her native Texas.