Rachel Maddow on MSNBC is a acquired taste. As the Russia case has developed over the last couple of months, I have gradually rearranged my day to fit her in. 9:00 pm and here she is grinning like a Cheshire cat. She has found out something new today , something intriguing that explains what so and so said the other day.
A pile of papers is on her desk. She has found something. “Take a look at this,” she says, and puts the quote in question up on your screen. The spell she casts is a copyrighted mix of new information, elegant shrugs and an assumption that you and her are on the same page. There are also her artful pauses to let things sink in. Think about this, she says. And always her hands gesturing, making points without talking. OK, it’s a bag of tricks, this dance that gradually leads you to the critical point. But listen,here is a reporter who loves paper, loves to look for the critical point that another reporter might have overlooked. There is a quality of intimacy about her show that is a rare quality on television.
Other people on MSNBC raise their voices and argue. She never argues. It’s just you and her and occasionally somone will pop in to add background. She loves paper. I love people who love paper. “HAH! “She will say. “Look at that!” Last night she cancelled her day off to come into the Boston studio to pay homage to Rod Rosenstein’s courage and show us the critical stuff in that novel that Mueller and his company cooked up.
Rachel is incredulous. How did they do this? How did they get all this information?
Rod Rosenstein is as unlikely a hero as we will find. A middle-aged tired-looking bureaucrat leading the charge. For awhile I thought that the game was lost. Trump knocked off one after another of his 16 rivals for the Presidency with a combination of rank insults, lies and scorn. Now he was destroying the Justice Departmen, taking down one administrator after another. Someone pointed out to me that Mueller couldn’t do anything without a supervisor’s permission. Maybe these indictments will spike Trump’s cannons for awhile. I’m writing a thank you note to Rod Rosenstein tonight. His address is Rod Rosenstein,Office of the Deputy Attorney General, Washington D.C. 20/530
”Someone cares about our nation.” Rachel said, misting over for a minute, “That’s nice to know.”