The nation's mostly widely syndicated progressive columnist and a great friend of The Nation, Molly Ivins died today at age 62 after a long battle with what she referred to as a "scorching case of cancer." John Nichols' tribute to the warmest-hearted populist ever to pick up a pen is the first in a series of appreciations we plan to publish. As he writes, "If anyone picked a fight with the powerful, she was there, writing with passion, humor and unbridled joy." She'll be dearly missed.
Peter Rothberg, The Nation