Virginia is for bunglers: By the end of last Thursday's convention coverage, the analysts were shaken.
"We just can't take it," one youngster cried. "Don't make us watch her any more!"
The youngsters were reacting to Maddow's latest gaffe. She'd said that Trump was the oldest nominee in the history of either party.
That statement was true, of course. But only if you forget about McCain and Dole, and even Reagan before them! For a full report, click here.
At any rate, after Maddow's Thursday night bungle, the analysts were telling us that they'd finally suffered enough.
In recent weeks, the errors have come thick and fast on the Maddow Show. That said, by Friday evening, we'd "talked the analysts down."
We'd convinced them to give Maddow and her orange-shoed program one more maddening chance. And then, just like that, the cable star struck again!
Adopting her practiced tone of world-class political expert, the cable star played videotape from Governor Tim Kaine's inauguration in 2006. After that, she offered the highlighted groaner:
KAINE (videotape): This is a glorious day! The weather is to remind us not to take ourselves too seriously.Schapiro acted like nothing had happened. The analysts were in tears.
MADDOW (7/22/16): When Tim Kaine got sworn in as Virginia's governor in 2006, the state capitol was under renovation. They had to swear him in in Richmond instead of Williamsburg. It was really cold, rainy and miserable.
And Tim Kaine laughed at that. And maybe that is a good sign in a running mate for a sign of what is to be an absolutely brutal presidential election.
Joining us is Jeff Schapiro. He's a political reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
To state the obvious, Richmond is the capital of Virginia. It's where the state's capitol building is found.
Frankly, we had no idea how Williamsburg got into the mix. But Maddow had bungled again, and the analysts were in tears.
While the youngsters rent their garments, we skillfully checked the facts. As it turned out, Maddow's error-prone staff had gotten their basics reversed:
In 2006, when Kaine was sworn in, the capitol building was under renovation in Richmond, right where it's usually found. For that reason, the ceremony was held in Williamburg, which had served as Virginia's capital until 1780.
Nothing turned on this mistake, of course. But do these errors ever stop?
Ever since MSNBC went all pseudo-politics all the time, Maddow has fashioned herself as a savant about political history and trivia. In the past few months, this has produced an escalating series of errors, punctuated by some comical self-corrections.
Maddow's staff seems preternaturally skilled at bungling their basics. The partisan porridge Maddow serves represents a bigger problem, of course, along with her ridiculous political analyses.
By the way, Maddow's obsession with Governor Ultrasound's gifts has already helped create a problem for VP nominee Kaine. We'll get to that by the end of the week. Fun with Ferraris ahead!
Tomorrow: Alas, poor Kornacki! Also, some humorous self-corrections