There is a genuinely angry, earnest side to Ivins, though, and Packer, with her heavy vocal timbre, sometimes turns outrage into something closer to anguish that does not quite fit the persona of the freewheeling if crusading journalist, who succumbed to breast cancer in 2007. Packer rises to the ending, however, which is drawn from Ivins's last columns. Excoriating the Iraq war, as well as the political divisiveness that has "stolen the conversation," the author of the 1991 volume Molly Ivins Can't Say That, Can She? warns us not to wonder what she would say about the mess we're in today. "I've said plenty," she growls, lobbing the ball back into our court. "Hell, whaddah you say?"
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