25 posts categorized "RACHEL MADDOW"

Dec 16 2010
Strength In Numbers Comments (6)

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts) is saying there are now at least 62 votes in the Patrick-murphy Senate to pass the stand-alone repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and gives credit to Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Connecticut) for rounding up the support. It's odd to be happy with Lieberman...it's been a long time!

Here's Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Pennsylvania, pictured) speaking out on behalf of the repeal on the House floor. Great guy, and it's so sad he'll be gone in January:

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Oct 19 2010
McCain (Not That One) & Obama & Me & Us Comments (5)

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I can't believe I'm going to say this but...an interesting interview with Meghan McCain by Rachel Maddow last night. McCain's getting scorched for coming out and saying what many in the Republican establishment are saying behind-the-scenes, namely that Christine O'Donnell is a "nutjob."

But what interests me is that she went on to talk a bit about President Obama and Don't Ask, Don't Tell. I give McCain credit for openly—and, clearly, sincerely—disagreeing with and being hurt by her father's homophobic stance on DADT (and all other gay issues). In the past, I've been unimpressed with her for focusing on what Obama hasn't done when her father—and her party—is actively, aggressively working against gay issues. But she doesn't harp on that here, instead saying politicians should be held responsible for their failings but admitting she really has no answers as to how. (She doesn't advocate not voting for them again, protesting or other measures suggested by Maddow.)

Also interesting is that Ms. McCain seems to think that Obama has been given a free pass for his gay-rights disappointments. I'm glad Maddow pointed out to her that many in the gay community have given him no such free pass (choice comment at Joe.My.God. yesterday: "Obama can't tell his black ass from his white elbow," and it goes downhill from there on a daily basis in the comments section), but I think the central question remains: What do we do about it?

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I don't think there are easy answers. I know AmericaBlog and others have advocated not to give the Democrats money. Some have argued that they'd never vote for Obama again or that they wouldn't vote for any Democrats, or that they wouldn't vote at all. Dan Choi's sincerely, passionately applied tactic is to embarrass the president by turning up the heat via civil disobedience and high-profile demonstrations; these things have worked in the past in other areas.

I'm not attracted to any of these remedies, but like Meghan McCain—and unlike those who use the word "Obamabots" in every other sentence—I don't have all the answers and don't pretend to.

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Oct 08 2010
Don't Believe A Word I Say! Comments (4)

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Art Robinson is running as a Republican in Oregon's fourth district, and he is just another of the inmates hoping to run the asylum judging by his kooky appearance on The Rachel Maddow Show. Maddow fairly gives him quotes from his own past and he well, he melts down...after the jump...

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Sep 24 2010
Eat, Plot, Loathe Comments (1)

Rachel Maddow points out that the next culture war will be over food, thanks to Michelle Obama's campaign for healthy eating and exercise.

Michelle-Obama-Iron-Chef-America-Guest-Appearance-500x486 Gee, I don't remember liberals bitching when Laura Bush encouraged reading. "Let me be illiterate if I want to, Big Sister!"

All Mrs. Obama is doing is encouraging something that we all know to be true—eating healthy and exercising are good ideas. If everyone ate better and exercised than they do already, we'd be a happier, healthier and wealthier nation.These are facts. 

But Republicans do not like reality. Witness the Texas Board of Education.

 
Jul 23 2010
Call Me Madam Comments (2)
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Rachel Maddow's take-down of Bill O'Reilly for insulting her about ratings when she was insulting him about his, er, loose take on reality is so satisfying it borders on the sexual. I don't always watch her because sometimes the snarky tone isn't my cup of tea even if I almost always agree with her, but this time she nails it 100%. 
 
Jun 14 2010
Rush Judgment Deferred Comments (4)

Rachel Maddow asks what all gay people should ask—why did Elton John perform for Rush Limbaugh? "Elton—call us. Explain it." She's a lot more good-natured about it than I am.

 
Mar 31 2010
Everyday People Comments (0)

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Fresh Maddow

The April 12, 2010, issue of People is chock-full of lesbian-couple representation.

First, there's a meaty article on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, who's photographed with her partner Susan Mikula at their Massachusetts home. Allegedly, their New York apartment is all of 275 square feet (is this possible for a couple and an English lab?) and they don't have a TV in their Mass. home because both would do nothing but watch it all the time.

ZXCVBN The piece is charming, from recounting how they met when Maddow was hired to do yardwork for Mikula in 1999 ("It was very Desperate Housewives") to  details like Maddow's affection for comic books. It depoliticizes the highly partisan Maddow, presenting her life—and her life with her partner—as everyday.

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Jan 20 2010
Disqualified For A Scream, His Voice Is Still Badly Needed Comments (2)
 
Jan 13 2010
Aren't You GLAAD? Comments (2)

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The nominees for the 21st Annual GLAAD Media Awards are out here.

The obvious winner for Outstanding Film—Wide Release better be A Single Man. Precious is a fantastic movie, but the gay content of the former is far greater. I've never seen any of the Limited Release nominees and have only heard of one of them.

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Dec 09 2009
Are Ex-Gays In Favor Of Ex-Living Gays? Comments (1)

Rachel Maddow feasts on the brain of ex-gay advocate Richard Cohen of the International Healing Foundation. This slimeball acts as if he's against Uganda's "kill the gays" bill, and yet his "work" has directly led to the legislation he now disavows. Love when he denies that his book says race is a factor in being gay until she forces him to admit that was in his bullshit book.

The rest after the jump...

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