Rachel Maddow Breaks Out on MSNBC Iowa Caucus Special

In a few threads here at at Huff in the last couple months many people named Rachel Maddow as their first choice replacement for Tucker Carlson should MSNBC decide to class up its act.  In fact, Rachel was the name most-often suggested.  I made the point a couple times that one factor MSNBC would clearly be considering was finding someone that would strengthen their election coverage specials.  Rachel would fit that bill nicely, I said. (It's pretty obvious Tucker does not.)

What joy, then, to see Rachel seated at the 'grown-ups' table last night, right alongside Howard Fineman.  A quick search turns up a couple extensive threads about her appearance last night, especially the contrast she strikes with Matthews - check out Crooks & Liars and DemocraticUnderground.com (I'd insert the links if I knew how - I'm a newbie to the diaries.)

As for the on-air discussion itself, I'll just say there was a wholly remarkable moment towards the end, when Chris was on a tear about partisan egos being the root of all our problems - barked at Fineman, who was given no opportunity to do anything but smile.  A truly embarrassing moment.  When Chris finally ran out of breath, though, Rachel smartly and gracefully trimmed his sails, and Keith then (happily, I'm sure) took us out to a commercial.  (Clip online at http://www.maddowfans.com/blog/?p=171 )

Tags: Air America, Chris Matthews, countdown, Hardball, howard fineman, Iowa Caucus coverage, Keith Olbermann, MSNBC, Rachel Maddow, Tucker Carlson (all tags)

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Re: Rachel Maddow Breaks Out on MSNBC Iowa Caucus

Yeah Rachel Maddow was amazing. I didn't really know much if anything about her but she was fantastic last night. More than anything she stood up to Chris Matthews who went on these giant soapbox rants and asked leading questions to his hosts and forced them  to agree.

Did you see Matthews face when she was arguing with him. He was hella pissed.

by world dictator 2008-01-04 01:06PM | 0 recs
I saw that moment and as he kept

using the word "ideologue" I thought how that was his way to diminish Edwards - almost equals the phrase "fellow traveller" for what it conjures up.

They are scared s**** of Edwards' message there is no doubt

She silenced him beautifully

by merbex 2008-01-04 01:14PM | 0 recs
Rachel Maddow

The few times I have heard her on Air America (inconvenient time), I have been very favorably impressed.

by Demo37 2008-01-04 06:38PM | 0 recs
Re: Rachel Maddow Breaks Out on MSNBC Iowa Caucus

Rachel was extraordinary! She hit back with great articulation and grace at Mathew's mistaken assertion that the policy deadlock was due to egos. She expressed the truth that there are powerful interests who are vested in the status quo, and gave the prime example of insurance companies. She did it quickly and countering Mathews in a way that left him speechless. Mathews point had small merit. It is true that political parties often don't want the perception that the other side is succeeding. But I am inclined to think that individual egos are a small factor in policy deadlock.

by cmpnwtr 2008-01-05 07:59AM | 0 recs
Iowa was a bigger win

for matthews and russert than for Obama.

the tragedy that the vast majority of dems dont know or understand this is truly depressing.

chattering about moving the chairs around on the poop deck of the ss.mnsbc shows just how absolute their victory in 2000 has become.

congratulations obamaniacs.  joinng with and uusing msm narratives about the clintons has been an effective ploy in defeating the clintons.
all of our efforts in fighting the msm narrative for the last 10 years has been shown to be for naught.

great.
wonderful.
swell.

by Seymour Glass 2008-01-05 08:05AM | 0 recs
Re: Rachel Maddow Breaks Out on MSNBC Iowa Caucus

I liked how she pointed out th him that yes 2/3 had voted against Hillary but that could be said about the other candidates also. Since each got roughly 1/3.

by del 2008-01-05 08:11AM | 0 recs

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