As everybody knows, I'm a huge Rachel Maddow fan. I like her feisty combination of brains and snark, and loved her double-entendre laden coverage of the "Tea Parties." Those were the vague protests staged by. . .er. . .people who don't like Barack Obama. Totally nothing to do with the fact that he's black or anything. Rachel seized upon the double-meaning of the phrase "tea bag" and its spin offs, "tea bagging," "tea bagger" and all the rest. Hilarious.
Even funnier was the prim, put-upon response by the Tea Baggers themselves, and other conservatives. How dare this woman make such off-color fun of these stand-up people? Heh. Since the tea has stopped steeping, Rachel has of course moved on. I've particularly enjoyed her take on C Street, and the creepy conflagration of religion and politics in "The Family," the religious cult that runs this halfway house for wayward Senators. Rachel has also been featuring pieces on the "birther" movement, and skewering them with her usual aplomb.
This has rubbed cranky old CNN talking head, Lou Dobbs the wrong way. Even so, I think him calling Rachel a "tea bagging queen" was a classless--and kind of bizarre--move. Don't worry though. She took it in stride, while snarkily smacking the old poop upside the head.