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I may have, on occasion, professed that I rather like Rachel Maddow, and I’ve more than once posted here about her. This one, though, isn’t just fangirl squee, trust me.

Maddow knocked it out of the park last night with this Tom Ridge interview. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s worth your attention. The clip below is one of three, the other two are on her showsite. She devoted over half the program to the conversation with Ridge, starting with the topic of whether politics influenced DHS terror alerts, whether Ridge has backtracked on statements to that effect made in his new book, then moving on to Iraq intelligence and the failured FEMA response to Katrina.

It’s a remarkable bit of broadcasting, not just for what Ridge says or doesn’t say, and not just for Maddow’s tenacious questioning. What really struck me as I watched it was that somethingreal was happening here, something we don’t see very often. By “real” I obviously don’t mean Ridge is telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but. Rather that, as the interview unfolds, there’s a palpable sense that we, along with Ridge, really don’t know where it’s going to end.

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