Flickr photo by hragvIf you haven't heard, MSNBC television news host Rachel Maddow and Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown are having a little tiff.
It seems that Senator Brown recently sent out a fundraising e-mail in which he suggested that Maddow, a Massachusetts resident, was being recruited by "the political machine in Massachusetts" to run against him in 2012. "I just don't think America can afford her liberal politics," he wrote.
On behalf of Maddow, MSNBC took out a full-page ad in the Boston Globe denying that claim. The ad, a letter from Maddow to Massachusetts residents said, among other things:
"I'm not running against Scott Brown. I never said I was running against Scott Brown. The Massachusetts Democratic Party never asked me to run against Scott Brown. It's just not true. Honestly. I swear. No, really."
"It's standard for conservatives to invent scary fake threats to run against ... Senator Scott Brown's only been in DC for seven weeks, but he already seems to be fitting tight in with how conservatives operate there.
I'm running this ad not because I'm running against Scott Brown -- I'm not he made that up -- but because he's the Senator for all of us, and maybe this will make him think twice the next time he wants to smear one of his constituents to raise money out-of-state."
Yet Brown spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom continued to fan the flames after the ad ran, telling the Boston Herald, “It looks like the ad was written by the [Democratic National Committee] ... I think Rachel Maddow would be an interesting candidate. The problem she would have is that winning requires more votes than she has viewers."
Maddow wants Brown to apologize for making money off her name and likeness. She's invited the senator to be a guest on her show, but says that so far, he has refused.
I'm originally from Massachusetts, myself, and I've got a message for Maddow, which I'm thinking of having printed on some T-shirts: Run, Rachel, Run!
What do you think? Would you like to see Senator Brown on The Rachel Maddow Show?