Monday, December 1, 2008
Forehead slapping idea of the year:
Let Rachel Maddow Host Meet the Press
by Tina Brown
The venerable and sassy Dame editor-supreme, Tina Brown, let loose today with an editorial in her her new cyber-pub, The Daily Beast castigating the higher-ups at NBC for dragging out the whole replacing Russert drama. And frankly, we here at the Viva Rachel Maddow offices could not agree more.
But the real bombshell of the whole piece was the fact that she did not so much endorse any other of the obvious candidates: Gregory, Mitchell, Ifill, Todd, et al; but instead she just slapped her cards on the table declaring the obvious choice is Rachel Maddow.
In all seriousness, Maddow truly fits the die that Russert cast: an affable and warm demeanor that ingeniously masks an inquisitive and rapacious intellect bent on getting to the truth. The only downside is her unabashed declaration of political positions. But critics could easily be assuaged by several weeks of her doing the stellar job we know she could do.
Plus, just knowing how much this would piss off Scarborough makes it all the more rich.