Complaining Clinton wasn't liberal enough, she called him "the best Republican president the country had, if you look at the policies he passed." Six months later Clinton said: "One of the leading television commentators on one of our liberal cable channels said I was the best Republican president the country ever produced, which would come as quite a surprise to the Republicans, half of whom still think I'm a closet communist."
Maddow accused Fox News Channel of exaggerating stories -- like a scandal involving community organizing group ACORN -- in order to "scare white people," and O'Reilly said "only far-left loons" are afraid of Fox News and he informed Maddow that FNC "kicks your network's butt every single night, madam." Calling O'Reilly "your highness," she pointed out that SpongeBob SquarePants also had more viewers than both her and O'Reilly.
Sen. Brown got the ball rolling by writing in a fund-raising letter: "The political machine in Massachusetts is looking for someone to run against me. And you're not going to believe who they are supposedly trying to recruit -- liberal MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow." She called his mention of her "gross and harassing" and even ran a full-page ad in the Boston Globe denying rumors of her candidacy. "Honestly. I swear. No, really."
The senator from Utah wrote an opinion piece in the Washington Post critical of health-care reform, and Maddow told her audience it was full of "blatant, outright, laugh-out-loud falsehoods." Afterward, Hatch tweeted: "@maddow ran me down on her show last night over my views on health care reform. Wonderful badge of honor." Maddow tweeted back, "I didn't actually address your views, sir, just your misrepresentation of the facts."
After Maddow called Dobbs a "birther," suggesting he thought President Obama wasn't born in the U.S., he said the "tea-bagging queen Rachel Maddow" had twisted his words, and that his real beef was with the press for not demanding a copy of the president's birth certificate. "My God, you're talking about the third rail of American journalism, baby!" he said. Maddow asked, "Can a female person be that kind of queen?"