Politics, schmolitics

I was reading this morning’s New York Times Magazine, and I saw a profile of Rachel Maddow, host of talk shows on Air America and MSNBC. I’ve never listened to Maddow or watched her show, even though many of my friends think the world of her. Political talk shows just aren’t my cup of tea, even when I agree with the host.

There’s a lot to like about Rachel Maddow in this piece. She’s a mustard person. She keeps Champagne in the fridge at all times. Her favorite movie is The Manchurian Candidate–Frankenheimer, not Demme. But then, there are these tidbits:

By her bed: Comic books. I read comics sometimes and graphic novels. I appreciate that genre.

Hobby: I am a hobbyist bartender. I have a liquor cabinet. I research classic drinks from the golden age of American cocktails and I make them for me and Susan.

Favorite obscure liquor: Rhum agricole. It is rum made from sugar-cane juice rather than molasses. It is freaking awesome.

Le pant, le pant, le sigh, le sigh.

(Yes yes yes, I know. Who cares? None of my celebrity crushes have ever been reciprocated anyway. Did Julianne McNamara marry me after the 1984 Olympics? Does Christina Hendricks know my name? Aren’t there tons of straight women–and some straight men–macking on Ted Allen? It’s the twenty-first century; I have a right to have a small crush on Rachel Maddow!)


5 thoughts on “Politics, schmolitics

  1. I saw this profile too, and feel the same way! I may have a girl crush.

    In addition to the cocktail tidbits, I liked this one too:

    Clothing item a talk-show host needs: For me, it is sneakers, which I can wear 80 percent of the time, secretly behind the desk. That reminds me who I am, even though I am dressed up like an assistant principal in order to meet the minimum dress code for being on television.


  2. Oh, I adore Rachel! Not usually a stalker, I think I would actually go out of my way to talk to her given the opportunity! I am a straight woman, but I have a definite girl crush! She is so cute, with her quick smiles and humorous faces that she makes when picking on the people in politics.

    As a liberal woman, she’s my hero (and my voice). As one of her biggest fans, I hope she never changes. As an intelligent woman, I applaud her for breaking into the man’s world of TV politics. She is proof (ha! no website pun intended) that women don’t have to be the bimbo side-kick all the time, to be seen and not heard. I adore her: her “butchiness”, her thick glasses, her sneakers, her jammie pants, her love of cocktails, her nerdiness! (big, Big, BIG sigh)


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