After saying just the other day that Rachel has a tendency to be too nice when she goes after her creepier guests, last night I watched her absolutely tear into Tim Philips of Americans for Prosperity.
Part One is relatively staid. She goes after him on the relevant points and tries to hold him accountable for AfP's leaders and funders, sounding the usual notes about astroturf groups that are really fronts for Washington lobbyists:
But Part Two is about as aggressive as I've ever seen Rachel be. She doesn't let up on the guy, goes after his history of overtly slimy political tactics, and then actually calls him and his group "parasites"! Holy cow!
What's really amazing to me is that, after all that, she still comes off nicer than anybody else on cable news these days. But after watching it, I'm beginning to regret wanting her to be more aggressive. I think we all benefit from having at least one person on cable news willing to confront right wingers to their faces while at the same time not coming across as a bully. I don't think I'd like to see Rachel become more like those other commentators, or even more like Keith. I like her just the way she is.