After single-handedly blocking the extension of unemployment benefits for million of Americans, Republican Senator Tom Coburn faced a barrage of criticism from the left. In striking back, he singled out a surprising liberal target: even-keeled MSNBC host Rachel Maddow. "Look at Rachel Maddow," he told the Daily Caller. "She comes at me on the basis of emotion. She demonizes me. I don’t want conservatives to win on the basis of emotion."
Evidently, Coburn missed the memo that attacking Maddow can lead to serious repercussions (just ask Scott Brown). The normally reserved Maddow turned pugilistic, mocking Coburn's claim that she attacked him on a emotional level. With her voice "catching" and her eyes "tearing up," Maddow turned in an emotional performance worthy of a satire.
So I read [Coburn's comment], and then I become so blindingly enraged and then hysterically upset and then inconsolably morose and then hyperactively giddy and then happy and then mad and then happy again... can't you tell? I'm falling apart right now. But I promise tomorrow I will gather myself and offer a full analysis of today's Tom Coburn news.
Knowing Maddow, she will follow through on her promise and "analyze" Coburn's legislative obstructionism. Check back tomorrow for a report on the fireworks.
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