Maddow says ‘no’ to Senate bid: ‘I’d be horrible at it’
In the year since she debuted as a prime-time host on MSNBC, Rachel Maddow has become something of a hero to progressives for her pursuit of social and political issues from a left-wing perspective. But on Sunday Maddow shot down the hopes of some of her fans that she would emerge as a progressive politician.
Responding to a viewer question on NBC’s Meet the Press asking her if she would consider a Senate run, Maddow said she would be “horrible” at the job.
“I don’t think I’d be a good senator for so many reasons before we even get to policy,” she said. “I’m not interested in doing that. I have great respect for people who choose to pursue both their ideological aims and what they want for the country by doing that, but I think I’d be horrible at it.”
Whether or not media figures should become politicians “depends, I think, in part on whether you want your daily job to be participating in a big group decision with other legislators. That’s what legislating is …. and I’m bad at that,” Maddow said.
The conversation, which also included Republican strategist Mike Murphy, turned to the GOP’s 2012 presidential prospects.
“Palin, Palin, Palin,” Maddow whispered, to which Murphy joked: “Crazy times demand crazy leadership.”
Murphy suggested former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney as the front-runners for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.
This video is from NBC’s Meet the Press, broadcast Oct. 4, 2009.