“The United States military is the biggest, finest, most expensive, most professional, most well-armed, most disciplined military in the world. There is no military battle that can be waged against the U.S. military that the U.S. cannot ultimately win. But that does not mean that everything that we want to win can be construed as a U.S. military battle.”—Rachel Maddow, last night’s A block (via trms)
“So in one year, I got made into a Simpsons character, and I got Frank Underwood mad enough at me on House of Cards that he turned me off mid-word! Which means I hereby quit. My life can’t get better than this. Susan, honey, happy Valentine’s Day, I’m coming home and I’m saying home for good! My job’s over; I won!”—
“Let the record show that you can be a United States senator for 21 years. You can be 79 years old. You can be the chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and one of the most recognizable and widely-respected veteran public servants in your nation. But if you are female while all of those things, men who you defeat in arguments will still respond to you by calling you hysterical and telling you to calm down. They’ll patronize you and say they admire your passion, ‘sweetie,’ but they deal in facts, not your silly, girly feelings. It’s inescapable. You can set your watch by it.”—
“Before I was in media and before I was doing this kind of media, I was a student of political science. I did a doctorate in political science and I studied social movements and how activists bring about change. The one thing that I learned and saw in action, and was never able to prove academically but I believe it with all my heart, is the thing that makes you most likely to win is winning. And that when you are unexpectedly able to achieve something, you not only attract attention, you attract hope—and hope is momentum.”—Rachel Maddow (via msnbc)
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)