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From the Trade Paperback edition.
Posted December 12, 2012
Posted April 30, 2001
You may have found this Ivins book by reading or looking for Shrub, Ivins' recent evisceration of George W. Bush's record as Texas governor. This book, a collection of mid-90s essays, will feel very familiar. Ivins skewers nearly all the characters from that era, but there is never a doubt whose side she is on. It starts, roughly, with Clinton's arrival on the national scene, and procedes up until the beginning of the Lewinsky scandal. Good thing, that. It lets Molly do what she does best, which is to tear apart politicians based on their records, not on their behaviors around interns. In that regard, she gives Clinton a few well deserved licks, but sticks up for him against some of the more zany attacks he sustained (Vince Foster accustions and the like). She saves her best heat, though, for mid-90s shooting star Newt. From Contract With America on, I was always suspicious of Newt but no news outlet ever quite hand-cuffed him to a genuinely bad deed during his run. Molly does. She puts Newt to sleep early and often with 'he did, he did!' record-based journalism, mostly his dispicable distortions of welfare and feminism in policy debates. Also included are several essays on - ta da! - Governor Dubya and the early days of campaign finance reform. great reading, even in retrospect.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.