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Rachel Maddow nominated for a Grammy Award

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Today's Quickie, one of the best in a long time:

HuffPo is reporting that Rachel Maddow was nominated for Best Spoken Word Album with her book, "Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power." She's up against Ellen DeGeneres, Bill Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama.

That's awfully good company.

Flashback: The Best New Thing in the World: I met Rachel Maddow last night (a personal fangirly account of the Big Book Signing Event).

More details about the nominations here at Deadline.com.

My signed "Drift". Meeting Rachel was a joy.

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PhotOH! Rachel Maddow's Excellent Book Signing Adventure

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Rather than reply to each tweet and email request I've received, asking me to describe the absolutely wonderfully informative and entertaining Maddow/Maher event in detail, my friend Marta Evry snapped some cool photos that capture the feel of the evening.

To read my take on some personally surprising and rewarding moments, please go here and here (video).

Enjoy, and many thanks to Marta for these. Click on each image to enlarge:

Rachel is at center, bottom of photo.

Producer Guy Bill Wolff at left.

Finally, my signed book; Bill Wolff gave everyone a Rachel Bookmark.

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VIDEO: The SECOND "Best New Thing in the World": A shout out from The Rachel Maddow Show!

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Squee!

Here is the link to The Maddow Blog post.

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If you missed my Best New Thing in the World: I met Rachel Maddow last night post, please read it, and then you'll understand the context; wow, Bill Wolff (@ProducerGuy1) was more than gracious in this video.

What an impressive and generous bunch the TRMS is! Thank you, Bill, I am truly honored.

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The Best New Thing in the World: I met Rachel Maddow last night

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Rachel Maddow at "Drift" book signing in L.A. April 10, 2012-- "I read you every day!"

Last night, a few of my Twitter pals and I attended a Rachel Maddow book signing event in Los Angeles, where we picked up our copies of her book, Drift, and had a rare opportunity for a very brief encounter with her.

The entire night was a liberal fantasy-come-true. The event was held at a theater near Beverly Hills, filled to capacity, and featured Bill Maher and Rachel Maddow. Essentially, Bill Maher interviewed Rachel about her book, and the two of them couldn't have been more informative, charming, hilarious, and engaging. After about a half hour, Maher left and Rachel answered questions from the audience for another half hour or so.

Then came the book-signing, which was run like a well-oiled machine in that, after waiting in a very long line, a crew of about 5-10 people, with assembly-line efficiency, took each book as we neared the table, passed it to the next staff member who passed it to Rachel, who took a moment to say hello, and then off we were scuttled to keep the process moving quickly.

I didn't quite know what to say to Rachel in the few seconds that anyone really had to say anything, so I said, "Hi! I don't know if you'd know me, but you follow me on Twitter. I'm GottaLaff."

What happened next was stunning to me, because, come on, out of the thousands she's meeting every day, I'm surprised she hasn't become as robotic as Willard Romney. But she stopped cold, sat up straight, threw her arms up in the air, smiled, and said something like (it all went so fast, I could barely remember, but my friends--particularly @Nay731-- witnessed and confirmed this account), "Oh my god, of course! HI!" I'm pretty sure she reached across the table to shake my hand, and continued, very enthusiastically:

"I read you every day! When I go to my Twitter stream and see your tweets, I always make sure to stop and read them! I love your stuff, you always get it exactly right!"

My jaw literally dropped. I said something moronic like, "Wow! You made my... MONTH!" at which she laughed and said something else that I can't recall because someone to my left was talking to me. So I gave one of my favorite Twitter friends, Jamil Smith, a former segment producer on The Maddow Show, a shout out, turned around to see who was speaking to me, and was I startled to see TRMS producer, Bill Wolff (@ProducerGuy1) an inch or so away!

I nearly fell over when he said something like, "Thank you so much for coming tonight! You were one of three I wanted to see here (he named @Ali_Davis and @PourMeCoffee as the other two)! He also gave me mad props, which puzzled me because he doesn't follow me on Twitter, and I was more than a little surprised that he valued my attendance, or even knew who I was! [UPDATE: Bill Wolff, aka Producer Guy, did, indeed, just follow me. He thought he already had, and didn't realize he wasn't a follower until he read this post. This story just keeps getting better, and I am so grateful and honored.]

At that point, I was so grateful and overwhelmed that I went completely fangirly and asked him for a hug. I'm happy to report that he was more than willing, and we had our blissful Moment of Embrace...

... which was abruptly ended when Security Guy told me to move along. Which I did... reluctantly.

The entire encounter had me floored.

Here is a woman, someone who so many admire (I'm at the top of that list), someone who is as good at teaching as she is at making us smile, someone who is never afraid to face off with her political opponents, who is not the least bit hesitant to correct herself when she makes an error, someone who is widely admired by the admirable... and it was she and her executive producer who were generously making us feel as if we were the important ones.

And that, as ephemeral as it was, is my Best New Thing in the World.  UPDATE: VIDEO: The SECOND “Best New Thing in the World”: A shout out from The Rachel Maddow Show!

Me, @AnaPeriodista and @LilMissSocial

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VIDEO: "Miss Bachmann, my mommy's gay but she doesn't need fixing." Miss Bachmann's response: Buh-bye.

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Apparently if you're a sweet child who has two mommies, Michele Bachmann feels it necessary to make you feel like a piece of crap:

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Video of Michele Bachmann trying to get her photo op in with my 8 year old son. It's hard to hear but he leans in and tells her that his mom is gay and she doesn't need fixing. GO ELIJAH! Love that look of shock she gets.

We were there for an Occupy Myrtle Beach event to mic check Michele Bachmann on another issue. The lgbt issue came up separately. #Occupymb

This is how the mother of five and foster parent of 23 treats an adorable, honest eight-year-old. Family values, my ass.

One can only imagine how she treats Marcus.

Big h/t: @ProgressMoShuff, HuffPo

Update by Paddy-I too had a problem with this vid at first, but have no problem with Gotta posting it, the message is strong. And now, look at this-

Back to the story-- I was standing in line with Elijah and his mom. His mom was going to say something to her, but she got nervous and told me she wanted to leave. We were about to step out of the line but Elijah cried out, "Nooo!" He grabbed onto her coat and pulled her back in the line, saying he wanted to talk to her.

When we got up to Michele, he got a little stage fright. His mom just didn't want him to not say it because he was afraid, because she knew he would regret it if he didn't. I used to do ballet as a child, and before performances, I'd want to no do it-- my mom pushed me to perform. Afterwards, I'd run to her and tell her how happy I was. How is this any different? If we were shown a video of a child before a school play, or a recital, being pushed to perform and not give into stage fright, would we get the same reaction? My gut says no.

Not quite the way it looks. Good on Elijah.

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Michele Bachmann's book should have been called "Cheaper by the Dozen"

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Oh snap. Via Chris Moody, political reporter for Yahoo! News:

Shades of Christine O'Donnell. Just pitiful.

My previous post about my irkitude over Newt and Michele's book hawking-while-running is here.

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Michele Bachmann and Newt Gingrich are over-booked

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Via Chris Moody, Political reporter for Yahoo! News:

After watching the news and reading this from the Wall Street Journal, I once again managed to get thoroughly annoyed. Candidates who use their presidential campaigns to sell books are exploiting and profiting off voters instead of concentrating on cultivating them and offering a credible platform and maybe even a hint of gravitas.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't recall candidate Obama holding book signings instead of actively campaigning. Making money wasn't his primary goal, holding office was, although any income from The Audacity of Hope was undoubtedly welcome.

This is not to say voters shouldn't have or wouldn't bring copies of Barack Obama's books for him to sign, but it wasn't a sit-down autograph session designed to sell a product.

Wiki:

The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream is the second book written by then-Senator Barack Obama.[1] In the fall of 2006 it became number one on both the New York Times and Amazon.com bestsellers lists after Obama was endorsed by Oprah Winfrey.[2] In the book, Obama expounds on many of the subjects that became part of his 2008 campaign for the presidency. ... Obama announced his ultimately successful presidential campaign on February 10, 2007, a little less than three months after the book's release. [...]

The Chicago Tribune credits the large crowds that gathered at book signings with influencing Obama's decision to run for president.

So the crowds at the signings were a motivation to run, not vice versa.

The Wall Street Journal:

Republican presidential hopefuls Michele Bachmann and Newt Gingrich are trying to capitalize on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year by peddling copies of their books in a pair of early nominating states.

On Saturday, Mrs. Bachmann will sign copies of her new autobiography, “Core of Conviction: My Story,” at the Radisson in Davenport, Iowa, as well as a Barnes & Noble in Cedar Rapids and the Christian Family Store in West Des Moines. Meanwhile, Mr. Gingrich will host another of his many book signings at a Books-A-Million in Naples, Fla.

In both cases, the stops are part commerce, part campaign event.

Fake candidates Gingrich, Bachmann, Cain: None were ever serious about winning the presidency, all were serious about furthering their own post-1012 careers and padding their wallets.

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