Draining a pair of three-pointers: Rachel Maddow, Our Own Rhodes Scholar, is at her best when she’s all by herself.
When get can just sit there and clown, treating her viewers like fools in the process. That’s what she did at the start of last evening’s show, pleasuring us about Romney:
MADDOW (3/15/12): Mitt Romney has won the wealthiest sliver of the electorate in 14 of the 16 states for which we know that kind of information about the voters. The only states where he has not won the wealthiest sliver are Alabama and Mississippi.Really? Romney “got creamed” in Alabama and Mississippi? It felt real good, but was it true? These were the results in Mississippi:
But remember, he got creamed in Alabama and Mississippi! He lost everybody there. He didn’t even come in second place in Alabama and Mississippi. He came in third in both of those states.
Mississippi Republican primary:When Romney loses a state by three, he got creamed. But how about when he wins by three?
Santorum: 33 percent
Gingrich: 31 percent
Romney: 30 percent
In that case, three points is very close. Here was Rachel, posting the results from Michigan and Ohio just last week:
MADDOW (3/7/12): In both those big important bellwether-y states, Rick Santorum gave Mitt Romney a run for his money.Rachel went on and on about how close the two states were. And yes, she said the word “bellwether-y;” this helped us see how clever she is. She also drew out her words in some of the ways we have shown, helping us appreciate how close those races were.
But Ohio and Michigan also show really clearly I think the two most important dynamics, the two biggest stories in the Republican Party’s efforts to pick their presidential nominee this year.
Look at the two races. Look at—looook! How close!
This was the result in Ohio, and this was the result in Michigan. Sooooo close, right? And in a race that close, you start thinking about all the little things that could have made a difference. If you picked up a point along this group, or if turnout had been two points higher among this group. When it is this! close! any marginal change in any one group of any reasonable size can make all the difference.
The whole time she was telling us this, the Michigan results were on the screen, showing that Romney had won the state by three points.
Go ahead—watch the tape. At the start, you can enjoy Rachel as she talks and talks about herself, helping us learn to enjoy her more. The passage we have quoted starts around 2:45.
At any rate, here’s the new math: If Romney loses a state by three, that means he got creamed. But if he wins a state by three, that means it was soooo close.
For many years, when we watched Hannity, we wondered what his viewers thought when they kept getting handed this type of ridiculous shit. Now, we often ask the same question when we watch our own cable channel.
For further viewing enjoyment, watch Rachel on last evening’s show when she was no longer all by herself. When she got keister handed to her by the world’s biggest climate denier.