In the “closed circuit world on the right,” MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow is often the subject of ugly denigrations. Whether it’s being mocked for her sexual orientation, her name, or even her education, right-wingers can’t get enough of slamming her.
During a political discussion at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) today, Fox News pundit and conservative columnist Cal Thomas continued the ugliness. After the Heritage’s Genevieve Wood played a quote of Maddow eloquently debunking the conservative argument on contraception, Thomas said:
I’m glad that you played the Rachel Maddow clip because I think she is the best argument in favor of her parents using contraception. I would be all for that. And all of the rest of the crowd at MSNBC, too, for that matter.
No one on the panel condemned the comment. Watch it:
Politico reports Maddow’s response:
A few hours later, Maddow responded to Thomas’s remarks on her show.
“Mr. Fox News person speaking there — I’m sorry that you feel that way about me, that you wish I had never been born,” she said. “Personally, I’m glad that you were born. Otherwise, how would Republicans get the special Fox News bat signal that it’s time to be outraged now about what used to be Republicans’ own policy idea?”
When Maddow introduced her next guest, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), the Democratic congresswoman greeted the MSNBC host with, “Thank you, and I’m awfully glad you were born, Rachel.”
Maddow responded, “Thank you. I sort of feel that should become a generic greeting in America now: ‘Nice to see you, I’m glad you were born.’”