Eye Candy: Rachel Maddow, again

October 29, 2008  |  miscellany

If I do too many more posts about the bromance I’m having with Rachel Maddow, I’m going to have to put it under aspiring stud … or I’m going to have to rename this blog “Maddow Fans.”

But I can’t resist. There are some new photos from the New York Times Magazine interview, A Pundit in the Country, and I’ve done a bit more of my homework.

First! Two things you should know:

  1. Rachel has “doubled the audience for a cable news channel’s 9 p.m. hour in a matter of days.” This is totally amazing.
  2. If you happen to not be a TV person (I’m not), or can’t seem to get home by 9pm to watch the Maddow Show (I can’t), or primarily watch all your TV via Netflix (I do), or never get to a friend’s house to watch their recorded episodes (I’m too busy drinking prosecco with the Muse to watch TV) – NEVER FEAR! As of today, the MSNBC Rachel Maddow Show is now reproducing the ENTIRE RMS via podcast at Rachel.MSNBC.com.

And now: the butchest interview in the history of butch interviews. An excerpt from the recent New York Times Magazine article:

Always on her: A handkerchief. One of my liabilities as a broadcaster is that I am little teary. Having a handkerchief is handy. My partner, Susan Mikula, buys me cute ones.

Always in fridge: Champagne. I always keep a bottle, because you might need to celebrate at any moment, and a bunch of mustard, because I am a mustard person.

Obsolete item she won’t part with: I have a little stockpile of lawn mowers, some of which it has been years since they worked. But it seems wrong to get rid of lawn mowers, so I keep them.

Clothing item a talk-show host needs: For me, it is sneakers, which I can wear 80 percent of the time, secretly behind the desk. That reminds me who I am, even though I am dressed up like an assistant principal in order to meet the minimum dress code for being on television.

She drives: I have a seven-year-old Ford pickup. Remember, I have to go to the dump.

Hobby: I am a hobbyist bartender. I have a liquor cabinet. I research classic drinks from the golden age of American cocktails and I make them for me and Susan.

Favorite obscure liquor: Rhum agricole. It is rum made from sugar-cane juice rather than molasses. It is freaking awesome.

Hat tip to the femme top, who pointed me toward the following story which describes how Maddow met her partner, Susan Mikula.

And I quote:

Maddow walked into her life after Mikula told mutual friends she needed a “yard boy” to help her manage the demands of a creaky old structure that had stood empty for almost a year as well as the 2 acres of vegetation that were threatening to take over.

“Zing went the heartstrings,” according to both of them, when Maddow, 31, a Rhodes Scholar and gay activist, arrived for the job. Maddow had moved to the area to write her doctoral dissertation comparing AIDS policies in the California and British prison systems, but also needed to earn some money. A year-and-a-half later, on Halloween, she moved in.

-from Weekday Bantering is Balanced by Quiet New England Weekends – February 24, 2005 by Eric Goldscheider

“Yard boy,” huh Rachel? Oh you kinky dawg!

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11 Comments


  1. Rachel Maddow makes my heart flutter.

  2. please, sir, can i have some more?

  3. i find it really convenient that you’re having such a hardcore bromance with rachel maddow as i simultaneously am crushing out on her every. single. day. i read that article where she talks about meeting susan about two weeks ago and had the exact same reaction, so reading yours had me really, really close to spitting out my coffee just now.

  4. I'm pretty sure Rachel is every woman's wet dream.

    my favorite fact about her? she was raised a good little catholic girl.

  5. love the sneakers under the desk, and the fact that she gets teary during broadcasts. I heart Rachel Maddow.

    and what a genius! she really makes sense (and even fun) of the overwhelm of election news, and makes me feel like there's still an ounce of sanity left in this crazy ol' topsy turvy world.

    p.s. if we don't elect Barack Obama, this country deserves whatever it gets. we'll be pretty much over, in my book. watching Obama's (awesome, weepy-hopefulness inducing) political message last night, I had to believe that even John McCain knows, deep down, who is the better one for America. dude, why can't this election be over already? and FYI, you're having prosecco at my house and watching the results roll in!

  6. Can you please photoshop my face onto her girlfriend's face. Thats all I ask.

    I think I may stalk her, oops already am

  7. Oooh, and her partner is a larger femme, too! Yay!!!

  8. "'It's a high-maintenance house, but we love maintaining it,' Mikula earnestly intoned. 'Just like you,' Maddow snapped back with a smile."

    Sounds pretty butch to me! Love it, love her!

  9. Okay. Hot butch with a dog. My heart is all aflutter!

  10. Wow. That's really sweet, and human!

    Yummy!

  11. I thought I read they were together for 10 years?.. But if they met when she was 31.. she's not 41 now? Unless it means she did the interview when she was 31..

    [according to wikipedia she was born in 73, so she's 36 now. I think the interview was a few years ago, but I'd have to look it up. - ss]

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