The New York Daily News' Stanley Crouch writes a column in praise of Rachel Maddow Monday, who he says offers "easily some of the finest commentary available on cable television."
Crouch writes that Maddow seems "terribly allergic to conservatives," and that this allergy is what inspires her to success.
"She is largely eloquent and in command of the English language on a level one is not accustomed to in television commentary," he writes.
He also says that she is unlike the members of the far left he grew up around during the Civil Rights era:
Her statements almost always come from the same place - somewhere between the respectable left and those who intellectually live on the left side of the moon, but the depth of her wit is what makes Maddow special It can slide from the intelligent dig to the devastating sendup....
What makes Maddow unique is that while she surely seeks influence, she prefers it on terms that are her own, deeply informed and saturated with a sense of fun.
Crouch also writes that Maddow's sexuality is a non-issue, which may help further the cause for gay rights:
Whether same-sex marriage will be ratified across the country is far less important than recognition of the humanity that Maddow and any equally talented person has to offer. Whenever the country denies almost any version of its humanity, something very important is lost within the national soul.
Loss of soul is not a problem that one can envision Rachel Maddow having at any time in the near future.
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