AUSTIN, Texas--"Of course I am above sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. So serious a servant of the public interest am I, I can fogey with the best: On my better days, I make David Broder look like Page Six.
"I don't care what anyone smoked 20 years ago, I approve of those who boogie till they puke, and I don't care who anyone in politics is screwing in private, as long as they're not screwing the public.
"On other hand, if you expect me to pass up a scandal involving poker, hookers and the Watergate building with crooked defense contractors and the No. 3 guy at the CIA, named Dusty Foggo (Dusty Foggo?! Be still my heart), you expect too much. Any journalist who claims Hookergate is not a legitimate scandal is dead--has been for some time and needs to be unplugged. In addition to sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, Hookergate is rife with public-interest questions, misfeasance, malfeasance and non-feasance, and many splendid moral points for the children. Recommended for Sunday school use, grades seven and above.
"But for starters, let us consider the unenviable record of Porter Goss at the CIA. From the beginning of his tenure, Goss has been criticized for politicizing the agency. He brought a bunch of political hacks with him for staff, one of whom turns out to be the poker player called "Nine Fingers." And in the end, he was probably fired for not having politicized the agency sufficiently."
Ah, the glories of Molly Ivins.
How come you guys aren't hiding under the bed clothes after all the revelations about Halliburton in Iraq, and FEMA in Nawlins, and Duke "just a couple more million and I'll be a King" Cunningham, and Tom (Byron) DeLay (Beckwith), oh, and of course Dead-Eye ****, and the endless scandals and incompetencies of this administration.
I gotta give you marks for unflinching courage. But you lose marks for good sense, and the ability to recognize honesty, probity, and a sense of morality in your public officials.