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That’s Gonna Leave a Mark: Rachel Maddow’s Interview of Rand Paul

Rachel Maddow’s devastating interview with Rand Paul was painful to watch; I’m sure for Paul it was even more painful for Paul as a participant.  Maddow often comes across as very soft-spoken and gentle but she possesses a first rate intellect and an iron will; without being belligerent, rude, or pounding her first on the table, she insistently and firmly pushed Paul to answer a question he did not want to answer on the record.

Ta Neheisi Coates shrewdly observed:

That interview would have went a lot better for Rand Paul if Maddow had have just thrown her notes in the air and accused him of being a bigot, and a covert member of the Klan. That’s what they want. And I don’t simply mean conservatives–I mean people you disagree with. I know I’ve won a debate when my adversary says, “What the fuck type of name is Ta-Nuh-hah-see, anyway?” It translates to “I’ve got nothing.” Much scarier is the opponent who takes your argument, with whatever nuances it may or may not possess, and politely disagrees with the argument as it is.
Ezra Klein summed up the situation this way: Read the rest of this entry »

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