The TV Machine

On Nov. 8, 2007, Ketchup Is A Vegetable predicted that Rachel Maddow would have her own television show within three years.

As it turns out, we were being way overly cautious.

Rachel Maddow has been sounding off about politics on MSNBC so often she might as well have her own show.

And now she does.

The liberal commentator and Air America host, who has become a breakout star for the cable channel during this campaign, is taking over the 9 p.m. slot following Keith Olbermann, who she often subs for on “Countdown.” Olbermann broke the news in what he called a “fully authorized leak” this afternoon on the left-wing Web site Daily Kos.

The show starts Sept. 8. And I am so excited I could just eat meatloaf.

Rachel Maddow, you see, is the Michael Phelps of punditry. She is much bigger than the one-man one-mic model that Air America Radio has insisted on mass producing in its second, third, and/or fourth phases. She is a genuine policy analyst, a logical locutor, and a natural humorist. She has held her own majestically in the path of presumably formidable insider pundits and has even managed to charm Pat Buchanan. Maddow is my favorite AAR talker and a bounding success story of that enterprise. I cannot wait to see what her television endeavor yields.

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