In a rational world, liberals and Dems might see this column as significant—and as potentially helpful. Given Will’s status on the right, this column could be a strong tool with which to bat vile nonsense down. But you didn’t hear any such judgment expressed if you watched Friday’s sad Maddow show. On that program, Will’s column became the latest excuse for Maddow to clown and behave like a child, vamping in the phoniest ways and begging us rubes to adore her.
Maddow staged one of her silly-girl acts, helping us see how special she is. It would be hard to be much dumber—or to be a bigger fake.
Then too, there was that once-denounced lie which Maddow seemed to retell.
A bit of background:
On Friday, extensive portions of Will’s column had been pre-released to the press. On that afternoon’s Hardball, Chris Matthews read most of the text we’ve posted above; more specifically, he read Will’s denunciations of Huckabee. (The part of Will’s column dealing with Gingrich may still have been under embargo.) Matthews and David Corn then discussed the various things Will had said.
Incredible! Matthews read the bulk of Will’s column—and then led a serious discussion!
But four hours later, on Maddow, Rachel chose to play familiar silly-girl games, the kinds of games that are designed to make us rubes adore her. She very briefly discussed Will’s remarks, then zeroed in on a troubling fact: George Will had used the word “vibrator” at one point in his column! (This was a reference to the “vibrations of weirdness” coming from Huckabee/Gingrich.) And then, our own egomaniacal spotlight-chaser did what she so often does—she feigned embarrassment about the embarrassing word Will had naughtily said. This now became the total focus of her treatment of Will’s piece—and she extended this nonsense throughout her program. Clowning and playing her viewers for fools, Maddow pretended she was too embarrassed to say that embarrassing word.
Darling Child Rachel was too embarrassed to say that very bad word! This is a familiar part of her shtick, of course—but in this way, a significant column was transformed into a chance for Rachel to frolic.
How phony will this egomaniac be when she feels the need to vamp about, seeking new adoration? As always, you really have to watch the tape to take the full measure of Maddow’s dishonesty. (Seriously—you really have to watch her performance, in which she wrings every ounce of deception out of her plainly ridiculous claims. Just click here.)