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Rachel Maddow for “Meet the Press” Host


Rachel Maddow on Air AmericaNow that NBC is searching for a replacement host for Meet the Press, I’d like to add my two cents that Rachel Maddow would fill the bill. Like Russert, she is a natural news hound, with incredible smarts and offers up an easy but high octane screen presence.  Like Russert, she knows her stuff and from what I can tell she works incredibly hard.  She is not easily intimidated and can handle her own with the likes of Pat Buchanan, who may be a real paleocon ass, but is a smart, sharp tongued right winger who does his best to put Rachel through the rigors every time they meet on MSNBC.  She raises above rather than going tit-for-tat.

With Obama’s nomination sure to have a positive impact on media culture, it also appears time for the media to break glass ceilings, and Maddow offers up two such ceilings. 

In response to those who suggest that Maddow has a political agenda, I would point them to Chris Wallace, a right wing hound on Fox who was Russert’s predecessor at Face the Nation.  Unlike Wallace, Maddow has a Ph.d, in politics which provides evidence of the sophisticated political analysis she is capable of and which would be in display at Meet the Press.

But alas, I am a realist and realize the MSM may not yet welcome Maddow with open arms.  If that’s the case, then consider this.  David Gregory would make a decent Meet the Press Host, and by moving him to Sunday morning, I would suggest then moving Maddow into his MSNBC prime time slot. Maddow deserves her own prime time show, and if not to be Meet the Press, then why not MSNBC’s “Race for the White House,” for now?  



Barack out- Foxed

I had real mixed feelings seeing clips of Barack Obama being interviewed by Chris Wallace today on Fox. I hate fox news and think there is little redeemable about its broadcast. I thought it was the right decision for Obama to boycott appearing on Fox, for as their running count had it more than 700 days.

So why appear? one of his aides suggested he would take fox on.  he didn’t.  Apparently he went on fox to 1) show he wasn’t a coward and 2) curry favor with fox viewers, many of whom he had trouble with in Pennsylvania.

I assume these are the folks for whom Hillary downed a shot and talked about hunting, and who Obama suggested were bitter.  

Obama ostensibly went on Fox to appeal to reagan democrats.  problem is he wont get their votes in November, and probably doesn’t need them, and certainly shouldn’t count on them.

Fox is the network that has spread faux political issues about Obama not wearing a lapel pin, about how his jeremiah wright relationship is a disqualifer for president and how he is muslim.  Hardly the sort of misinformation that should be smiled at or at least, not taken on directly. And this was his chance to tell Chris wallace that the Fox narrative is damaging to a democratic society, or at the least that wallace, the son of mike wallace should be ashamed of his lack of dad’s integrity and talent.

Obama did none of this.  he held the conversation to a standard of civil discourse; little more and nothing less.

so, is this how obama is planning to respond when the swift boating begins in earnest?  if it is, his appeal to the voters’ better angels might well go up in flames. 

In my opinion, obama needs to pick a fight with fox about their rampant spread of misinformation which has successfully filtered onto other mainstream media notepads.  Short of that, I’m not sure how his response will be any more successful that John Kerry’s in 2004.


Conservative themes in Obama’s Race Speech

In a recent HuffPo, Rogers Smith, who was interviewed, suggested that as important as Barack Obama’s speech last week might have been, it probably would not help him among conservative voters.

I disagree, and direct your attention to yesterday’s small scale rebellion at FOX Noise where one morning anchor walked off set and conservative commentator Chris Wallace impugned his colleagues for engaging in “Obama bashing.”

Something is afoot with a potential Obama nomination that is both unsettling and fascination to watch unfold.

On a previous post, I remarked that “The Speech” is one of the most optimistic and realistic speeches on race that Americans have heard in a very long time. I’d like to add that the speech was neither a liberal nor a conservative speech. It had elements to appeal to partisans of diverse political persuasions. Of particular interest here are the ideas that appeal to conservatives, who like Chris Wallace, are taking notice.

Consider for a moment a couple things that Obama chose not to dwell on. He spoke little about class and poverty, which as somebody vying for an Edwards endorsement, some must have found disappointing. Further, Obama emphasized the notion of individual responsibility in the African American community, which is an issue that Bill Cosby recently took under tow, much to the chagrin of more progressive voices like Michael Eric Dyson, whose book, Is Bill Cosby Right? was pretty much a broadside attack on Cosby’s remedies of meritocracy and personal responsibility. Then consider Obama’s white and sometimes bigoted grandmother whose comments remind many of some of our own white relatives. And finally are thee themes raised by Reverand Wright, which, according to Frank Schaeffer, when spoken by his rightist white preacher dad (Francis Schaffer), received high praise among white Christian conservatives.

So, plenty for the right to chew on, Rogers Smith’s commentary to the contrary.

It seems Obama landed on some inherently conservative ideas that may broaden Obama’s appeal among Pennsylvania’s rural white voters and those other Reagan Dems who don’t like McCain and just might have been among the 1million+ clicks of “The Speech” on YouTube since Tuesday.