Profile of Rachel Maddow in the Guardian

It’s nice.

But with success comes attention, good and bad. Some have claimed she is too arch. David Frum, a former speech writer for George Bush, informed her in 2008, on her show, that she was part of “the ugliness that has been a feature of American politics in the past eight years”. (Maddow’s calm response pretty much refuted the charge.) Her name has acquired totemic meaning for politicians on the right who have cited her in speeches as a bogeyman, even though she has never and, she promises, will never run for office: “I’m just like, really, am I the scariest thing you can conjure?” Maddow laughs.


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