When it was announced that Rachel Maddow (KPTK m-f, 3-6p) was to have her own MSNBC show, she asked the audience to shout out suggestions. We've been so busy, what with the conventions, Vacation Bible School, and the zucchini harvest, we've not been able to think about it much.
Next Monday is the day: so here are some suggestions, and advisements jotted on a scrap of paper we found in a bathrobe pocket:
1. Kent Jones ...now!
It would be so lovely to have his comic writing and off-beat voice on your show again. You did so well together before he was rif-ed by Air America from radio show. He could help make The Rachel Maddow Show de MSNBC sparkly.
2. Real debate with people who disagree with you
You' were good with Mike Murphy, and Pat Buchanan in the last few days, they're formidable, and one of your strongest suits is your ability to make fair, substantive arguments and look like you're having a good time doing it. Russert could be some of the model: Ms Nice Guy, prepared and tough, not mean, and likable enough that Republicans would come on your show. You could do a nice grilling but slavering on the nice-nice sauce that's made you so popular. It'd serve to distinguish you from Keith which, for a number of reasons would be a good thing.
3. More smart women!
You've set an example of a young, attractive woman sharp as cheese. Fox News has set an example of cute & stupid, lip-glossed neoconcubines or hard-edged, right-wing scolds like Coulter, Malkin, and Ingraham. Let's see more like you -- young, funny, smart, progressive and likable. We're thinking Tanya Acker, Allison Stewart, Norah O'Donnell. (Leave pretty-faced stealtheocon Michelle Barnard to send thrills up Matthews' leg). There must be many more -- maybe they could come out (so to speak) on your show.
4. More bloggers, radio talkers, and other new media
Such as Matt Taibbi; Josh Marshall, Sam Seder, Matt Stoller, and Thom Hartmann. One of the things we like about you is you're a West Coaster: there's a difference in the voice of people from out here. We're conversational, and relaxed in a way that's attractive. (Barack Obama has shown that in spades, so to speak). Seattle's Dan Savage is always a funny, off-beat, seldom-heard voice, or Ari Melber, Ron Reagan, Harry Shearer.
Any one else have any suggestions?