That Happened...That Really Happened, A Brilliant Post Election Litany

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That happened...that really happened.  Say what you will about some so-called "talking heads"...there are a few shining examples of a few who are so much more.  One in particular, IMHO, is Rachel Maddow of MSNBC.  She is one host who never seems to be trying to trap her guests into "Gotcha" moments and always seems to be sincere in wanting to learn more about different viewpoints than strictly broadcasting her own opinions. 
It turns out that I missed a segment of her show the evening after the election and Leslie told me that it was important that I catch it on Rachel's blog.  Before I had a chance to do that though, a link appeared on another ActiveRain member's post and a friend emailed a link to us this morning.  No doubt I'm a little biased because I am so proud of our country and the way the results ended up...well, maybe not so much locally, results were a mixed bag.  Voters absorbed all the political stuff thrown at them over the past year...all of it...the good, the bad, the really bad and the ugly...they sifted the information, filtered it, distilled it and then listened to more political stuff thrown at them and just when we all thought we would perish under the weight of all that stuff...the voters staggered into their booths and made their own decisions.  Many of them braving horrendous weather and ridiculously unfair long lines to cast their ballot.
Rachel's show featured a segment on Wednesday night that was a spellbinding and brilliant litany of the implications of the 2012 Presidential Election and some history making Congressional elections.  Some of us still can't believe that happened...that really happened.  BTW, sorry about the 30 second commercial!

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Comments (11)

Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Heck, Mona... you can even give me a full one-minute commercial.  That would be fine.

Yes, Rachel Maddow IS special.  And she is incredibly bright.  And, as you said, guests who come on her show do NOT have to worry about "gotcha" moments, so she gets more guests who are either conservatives or Republicans than many of the other shows... and simply "discussed" subjects.  What a concept.

Tonight I watched her show, and as usual, she was brilliant.  And... gulp... even Ed Schultz is growing on me.  He "hangs" with lots of middle America folks, and is very much a battle it out in the trenches kind of guy.  And... since Rachel always follows the Ed Show... I very much enjoy the back and forth between Ed and Rachel as he ends his show, and turns over the airwaves to Rachel.

I am so thrilled with the outcome of Tuesday's election.  And, the fact that President Obama won EIGHT of the NINE "battleground" states just thrills me even more.  He won every one of them except for some nameless state just north of South Carolina, and just south of Virginia.  To quote the great Red State Texan Rick Perry... Ooops.

Yayyyy Rachel!

PS... try taping Morning Joe... from 6am to 9am Eastern Time... and get to know Mika Brzezinski.  I just KNOW you will like her as well.

Nov 08, 2012 02:26 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Great blog Mona, I am glad that you are happy with the results, I worry about the great divide in our country right now, hopefully we can all get past these differences and start working toward the best solutions for everyone.

Also thanks for the Rachel Maddow recommendation, I will watch her.

Nov 08, 2012 03:32 PM
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Good Morning Karen Anne,  when possible I do watch Joe Scarborough and Mika.  Personally?  I like a fair and balanced view of current affairs.  Interestingly enough, very often I like to listen to former RNC's chair Michael Steele and republican strategist Steve long as they are on someone's show who will actually let them get their viewpoint out.  In fact, I'd rather witness their participation sometimes than I would someone like Chris Matthews who is in so much of a hurry to make sure you hear what he has to say than what his guests have to say.

Hello to you Bob,  I also have a tremendous concern for the polarization in this country and sometimes I blame the extreme bias approach to so called news.  I wonder if there aren't a couple of gods on some virtual Mt Olympus someplace maniputlating the strings and casting side bets for amusement.  The fires must be getting stoked for some reason.  I hope you'll enjoy Rachel Maddow and thank you for having an open mind to tune in.  Have a wonderful day.

Nov 08, 2012 07:40 PM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Mona. I appreciate and agree with your viewpoint and missed Wednesday's show with Rachel so it was terrific experiencing it here. It did happen and it was great. Reality is a good place to be in: it may be tough but always beats fantasy in my view.

Nov 08, 2012 10:28 PM
Allen Lomax
Steed Talker Realty is with two hours of Tryon International Equestrian Center and we offer the best properties in th... - Sylva, NC
WNC Mountain Homes & Horse Farms Specialists

It was a good night and restores some of my hope for a more enlightened world.  I am puzzled about the apparent turn around since 2010 and question its stability.  The passage by voters for marriage equality, legalization of MJ as a controlled substance, and the ousting of avowed women haters do appear to be an indication of a coming paradigm sift but only time will till if the tread continues.  I hope it will. 


Rachael may be the best that mainstream media has to offer up for broadcast news but that still does not set the bar too terribly high.  Her broadcasts are as divisive as any of the others and, though, what she reports is mostly accurate, the voids in the reporting of vitally important information are enormous.  If she reported real news and told the whole story she would not have a job at MSNBC or any other mainstream outlet. 


Our mainstream media is not there to inform or enlighten, it is there to propagandize.  Rachel's enthusiastic support in the clip you shared for the two party (duopoly) is a more than telling example.  Our choice every election cycle, which she will never point out, is the duopoly or nothing.  When it comes down to it our choices are a bit like the hens being given the choice for the fox or the weasel to be in charge of the hen house.   Doesn't really matter much to anyone, except maybe to the fox or the weasel.  



Nov 08, 2012 10:46 PM
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Mona, I am very happy with the Presidential results.  That other guy just plain scared me!

Nov 09, 2012 02:23 AM
Lanise Warrior-Johnson
Real Estate Brokers Services, Inc. - Compton, CA
Real Estate Specialist

I missed this episode of Rachel!  Thank you for sharing...I have goosebumps!

Nov 09, 2012 12:23 PM
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Hi Sheila, I know your life in NJ has been a bit hectic with the new house, selling the old house, hurricanes, nor'easters and I'm not surprised you didn't get a chance to see this.  Glad you liked it.

Allen, is that your indoor voice? lol.  The duopoly system is probably less than ideal and I wonder if we will ever evolve to much more simply from a logistics standpoint.  We'd have to become a much more civil society for the public to be able to digest all they needed to from a multitude of choices.  I think of Rachel as someone with one foot in the mainstream and one foot in the magical mystery tour of everything short, a rebel.  I get what you are saying but I guess for now, those who have the curiosity to know everything...including what isn't told to us, will need to continue to avail ourselves of other avenues.  There are still some out there who don't have to report back to a corporate head with justification of the bottom line.  Your comments are always insightful, edgy and refreshingly welcome.

Belinda, everything and everyone connected with the other guy made us nervous.

Lanise, put a sweater on and just remain ever vigilant,,,those campaigns in four years will need workers and cheerleaders.  Glad you enjoyed it.

Nov 09, 2012 07:57 PM
Allen Lomax
Steed Talker Realty is with two hours of Tryon International Equestrian Center and we offer the best properties in th... - Sylva, NC
WNC Mountain Homes & Horse Farms Specialists

Sorry about the large type --  didn't realize until posting what I had done. 

Nov 10, 2012 05:45 AM
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Allen, and here I thought you were

Nov 10, 2012 01:19 PM
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life

Whether Allen yells or not, I dig Maddow.  Smart gal.  Idealistic, yes.  Fair, I think.  Intelligent, no doubt.

Hello Mona! 

Nov 15, 2012 11:48 AM