former texas governor ann richards has died of cancer. here is an early yahoo obituary.
alongside geraldine ferraro, ann richards was one of the first american women politicians of whom i became aware in the late 1980's as i reached voting age and began to pay attention to u.s. politics.
the report notes some of her pithier statements:
"She grabbed the national spotlight with her keynote address at the 1988 Democratic National Convention when she was the Texas state treasurer. Richards won cheers from delegates when she reminded them that Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, "only backwards and in high heels.""
"Richards sealed her partisan reputation with a blast at George H. Bush, a fellow Texan who was vice president at the time: "Poor George, he can't help it. He was born with a silver foot in his mouth.""
"Richards rose to the governorship with a come-from-behind victory over millionaire cowboy Clayton Williams in 1990. She cracked a half-century male grip on the governor's mansion and celebrated by holding up a T-shirt that showed the state Capitol and read: "A woman's place is in the dome.""
sic transit gloria mundi, eh?