This is pretty cool. MSNBC’s sharpest political commentator, Rachel Maddow finally got her own show, taking over the 9 PM slot previously occupied by Dan Abrams (Maddow’s reaction), who will remain at the network as a host and general manager. I’d have preferred that Maddow take the time slot currently occupied by Chris Matthews or David Gregory, but this is very cool (via Karina).
I’ve been hoping this would happen for a while, as Maddow and Eugene Robinson have been about the only two political commentators I could tolerate this election cycle. I’ve always been a fan of Rachel’s graceful and deft ability to fight back against right-wing ranters such as Pat Buchanan, and she’s incredibly smart to boot. Here’s hoping she can raise the level of campaign discourse a notch or two in the coming months, something that is sorely needed in the world of celeb ads and demands to drill now, drill anywhere, drill everywhere.