As you might remember, zillions of cable-news talking heads popped up during the O.J. trial. But Greta Van Susteren became a star.
Likewise, the 2008 presidential race has brought forth googobs of “political analysts” on CNN and MSNBC and Fox News... but only one new star. Rachel Maddow is the bomb!
I remember when she used to appear on Tucker Carlson’s first MSNBC show, “The Situation,” back in 2005. I couldn’t get past the whole dyke thing. I mean, damn... this was the butchest female on cable news (with the possible exception of Donna Brazile).
And she didn’t seem to be a natural for TV. (See this video podcast she did last year to promote her radio show.)
Well, Ms. Maddow has blossomed this year like a desert flower... especially as a feisty participant in election-night panel discussions.
She’s whip-smart, she’s funny, and she don’t take nothin’ off nobody. Her wrassling matches with Joe Scarborough and Pat Buchanan have been epic.
Rachel Maddow filled in for Keith Olbermann last night on “Countdown.” She seems to have locked down the role of permanent guest host. She’s the Joan Rivers to Keith’s Johnny Carson.
Rachel is fit for the task. Check out the vidclip below from last night. She’s comfortable carrying the show on her shoulders, she’s steady in the pocket. She’s a star. People know this.
There’s something funny about this clip, though. I’ve always heard “Maddow” pronounced as if it rhymes with “wow.” (This C-SPAN dude does it. Heck... Keith Olbermann too!) But when Rachel introduces herself, she pronounces it like it rhymes with “shadow.”
Why hasn’t she corrected all the folks who’ve been saying it wrong? Maybe Rachel Maddow is just that nice!