Rachel Maddow's initial reaction to President Obama's health care speech to a joint session of Congress was largely favorable, particularly the end of the speech in which the President promised to "call out" Republicans who misrepresented his plan and offered what Maddow described as a "full, basically formal, at length defense of liberalism":
The president gave what I think is the only full, basically formal, at length defense of liberalism and defense of the idea of government for the people's good, in ideological terms. It's the most ideological I've ever heard him be and I think liberals will be happy.
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