Last night on her show, Rachel Maddow addressed Rand Paul’s comments from over the weekend when the Senator, while talking to George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s This Week, expressed a desire to duel Maddow over her recent claims that Paul plagiarized large parts of his books and speeches from Wikipedia and other sources. (The accusations, by the way, are undeniably true.)
"If dueling were legal in Kentucky, if they keep it up, you know, it would be a duel challenge," Paul said. "But I can’t do that, because I can’t hold office in Kentucky then.”
Now Maddow has responded to the Kentucky Republican’s wimpy half-threat and, no, her reply wasn’t “Pistols at dawn.” Instead, she did what real adults do: She told Paul to grow up already and face the charges.
"Senator Rand Paul wants to shoot at me or stab me with a sword or something for reporting something true that he has done wrong as a politician," Maddow told her audience. "Responding to the person rather than the charge is a time-tested tactic. Honestly, it’s a symptom of immaturity in our political discourse." via Jezebel
Dude, you want to have a gun battle with this lady? Poor choice.
“In the two years that the democrats had the White House, the House, and the Senate, we got Wall Street reform, student loan reform, credit card reform, healthcare reform obviously, the fair pay act, expanding of the GI bill, they re-authorized the children’s health insurance program, expanded national service programs, fixed the sentencing disparity for crack versus powdered cocaine. We got the 9/11 first responders bill, we got the hate crimes act, they ratified the Start treaty between us and Russia on nuclear weapons, they repealed Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, they did cash for clunkers, they did the stimulus which included the largest middle-class tax cuts ever. That was all done by the Congress that was elected at the same time as President Obama in 2008. They were elected in November 2008, sworn in January 2009 and over the next 2 years they got all of those things done. Then, the republicans did really well in the midterms, and republicans took control of the House for the first time in years and, John Boehner became Speaker. And since then, there has not been a single significant piece of legislation enacted into law.”—Rachel Maddow, 9/30/13 (via hijabeng)
“We are living right now through a sea change moment that is not one big sea change all happening at once. It’s made up of lots of teeny, tiny little drops, that are making this change happen in the whole country based on a lot of very tiny points of pressure. All these pioneers, in all these places across the country, people you never heard of, people doing what they can with their own regular people lives, changing the places where they live. And sometimes it is public officials who are doing it, too, in ways large and small.”—Rachel Maddow, on the little steps toward marriage equality. (via msnbc)
“We inherited a great legacy of American infrastructure and the people who have the foresight to build it, and who put in the political work to get it done, they are historical figures who we still admire for that and who we owe a lot to for having done it. But we have not exactly been keeping up on what they gave us. We’ve just sort of been using it and hoping it lasts forever despite functional obsolescence and all the rest.”—Rachel Maddow on US infrastructure investment (5/24/13)