Rachel Maddow found herself momentarily speechless on her Friday show, due to an unexpectedly strange column about Mike Huckabee's recent controversies by conservative George Will.
Maddow was busy conducting her first ever instant viewer poll, centered on the question, "what's more embarrassing?" She first talked about Huckabee's recent statements that President Obama grew up in Kenya, and his comment that Natalie Portman's very public pregnancy was "glamori[zing]" the usually tragic situation of giving birth while not married.
Maddow called these remarks a "desperate" attempt by Huckabee to sell books. She then started to read Will's upcoming syndicated column, a preview of which appeared on Politico on Friday.
"[S]ensible Americans ... must ... be detecting vibrations of weirdness emanating from people associated with the party," Will wrote. " ... The most recent vibrator is Mike Huckabee," Try as she might, Maddow could not read the word "vibrator." She paused for several seconds while the word stayed on the screen.
"Uh...I don't think I can say that out loud," she said. She then made Will's use of the word one of the options for her "most embarrassing" poll. (Later in the show, it was revealed that 25% of Maddow's viewers thought Will's use of "vibrator" was the most embarrassing out of the three options.)