Rachel Maddow has been sounding off about politics on MSNBC so often she might as well have her own show. And now she does.
The liberal commentator and Air America host, who has become a breakout star for the cable channel during this campaign, is taking over the 9 p.m. slot following Keith Olbermann, who she often subs for on “Countdown.” Olbermann broke the news in what he called a “fully authorized leak” this afternoon on the left-wing Web site Daily Kos. Dan Abrams, the former MSNBC general manager who had been hosting “Verdict” at that hour, will continue as NBC’s chief legal correspondent and will be a daytime anchor for MSNBC.
With the promotion, which takes effect Sept. 8, Maddow, 35, breaks into what had been criticized as a boys club at the network, led by Olbermann and Chris Matthews. Hillary Clinton’s campaign frequently ripped MSNBC for what it called sexist coverage during the Democratic primaries. Maddow, who lives with her girlfriend Susan Mikula in Manhattan and Northampton, Mass., may also be the first openly gay woman to host a prime-time program.
Maddow has a doctorate in philosophy from Oxford and was a Rhodes scholar. Here’s a classic clip of Maddow smacking down Pat Buchanan a couple of weeks ago.