Stephen Colbert has a new nickname for Rachel Maddow's show: "conservative dream killing machine."
The MSNBC host appeared on Thursday's "Colbert Report," where she reflected on President Obama's victory and her network's coverage of the election. When asked if she's gotten any sleep since Tuesday, Maddow replied, "No, I haven't." She said that she was exhausted two days after staying up all night. "I can't think. I'm very tired," she told Colbert.
He asked her to describe the reaction inside MSNBC when NBC News called the election for Obama. "When Ohio went, we were not expecting it," Maddow recalled.
"The people at Fox seemed more freaked out than you guys seemed elated," Colbert remarked. "Why weren't you doing the end zone dance?"
"I think the difference between the two sides is that the right talked themselves into the idea that it was going to be a Romney landslide based on, I don't know," Maddow replied. She said that people like Karl Rove had projected a Romney win based on "enthusiastic crowds" and their "gut" feelings.
"Turned out to be a bad way to predict the election," she said.
Later, Colbert turned to her show, which he called a "conservative dream killing machine."
"I don't want to kill anyone's dreams," Maddow said, laughing, "But I do feel like there's an important role to play in disabusing people of their fantasies that do not comport with what's going on in the real world."
Then, referring to her epic post-election rant, she added that the events of Tuesday night pleased liberals without any spin. "This is one of those days when the facts have a liberal bias," she said.