Politics ought to be fun -- after baseball it's our next favorite pastime,"" says Texas Gov. Ann Richards, the woman who swears she learned about politics from running a household. A three-minute walk with photographer Sobol (Seal Journey, 1993) becomes a half-hour ordeal because of the number of people who believe Richards when she says ""a week when I'm trapped in this office isn't real""--and stop to talk. Sobol captures her well with his prose. When a TV camera rolls, ""as if waking from a nap her head lifts up, her eyes sparkle like exploding fireworks, and her smile grows...wide like a fresh-cut slice of watermelon."" But he knows when to sit back and just let Richards do what she does best -- talk. Why is her hair white? ""Have you met my children?"" How does she maintain weight? ""I buy larger sizes."" No book studded with the witticisms of Richards could fail to entertain. This one is, and doesn't.