You know how it is when you have a horrid nightmare, the kind that scares the bejesus out of every living cell in your body, and when you wake up you’re flooded with sweet, blessed, awesome relief as you realize it was only a dream? That’s how I’ve been feeling over the past week ever since the election, with the difference being that I can’t wake from this nightmare. Hillary Clinton, despite receiving a majority of the popular vote, is not our first female president. W.T.F??!!
The reality of misery loving company has never been more true than it is now. I’ve mourned the loss of what should have been with my closest friends and family as we all support each other in the face of this new reality. But there’s someone else from whom I also take comfort, and solace, someone whom I don’t even – sadly – know.
When I reflect on how the election unfolded over the past several months – especially those post-convention, high-drama months – and what’s going on now that it’s over, there’s a source to whom I consistently turn to keep myself abreast of the latest happenings. A source whose opinion I respect, whose judgment is sound, and whose credentials support the ability to intelligently discuss and present to viewers matters of varying complexity. Someone whose logic and pragmatism offer hope for the future despite crushing disappointment. Oh, and did I mention that my source is super sexy hot? Yes, I’ll confess straight up, I’m crushing big time on Rachel Maddow.
For those who might not be familiar with Ms. Maddow, for the past 8 years she’s hosted an eponymous weeknight talk show on MSNBC in which she discusses politics, presents news stories, and interviews guests. Her fact-checking on stories is phenomenal. She’s witty, she’s funny, and she’s sharp as a tack. She holds a doctorate in political science from no less than Oxford, which she attended on a Rhodes Scholarship. She’s also openly gay and has been with artist Susan Mikula since 1999. She also has really amazing big brown eyes. Just sayin’.
My girl crush on Rachel Maddow is the combination of several factors. Her intellect, her humor, and her balls – I mean, really, the woman shies away from no one – all make her, IMHO, soooo scorchingly sexy. Plus, she’s got the aforementioned big brown eyes, a beautiful smile, and nice teeth.
I think one of the biggest draws I have toward Maddow is that she’s a storyteller. For obvious reasons, being a writer, I relate to that. Rachel begins most of her shows with a fairly lengthy monologue, so refreshing from the quick-hit sound bites we’ve all gotten used to. Her detailed monologues are the video version of long-form journalism, the kind you still see in respected newspapers and magazines, or in some of the news stories on NPR. The stories she tells are replete with factual back-up and her own personal commentary. As she explained in an interview with CBS’s Rita Braver, “Storytelling is fun for me. But I also think when you’re telling a good story, it sinks in more. That’s a more influential way to communicate information rather than just reading the news.” She went on to say that her goal in storytelling is to get people to really listen. I for one, certainly am.
Although the outcome isn’t what
many the majority of us wanted, I can at least appreciate the advances Hillary Clinton made as our first major party female candidate and the awesomeness associated with that juggernaut. And, too, I reflect back on other women who’ve been movers and shakers and influencers and whom I’ve simply admired for myriad reasons. Rachel Maddow fits the bill in spades, which is why she’s my no-longer-secret girl crush.
Elizabeth Shore writes both contemporary and historical erotic romance. Her newest book is an erotic historical novella, Desire Rising, from The Wild Rose Press. Other releases include Hot Bayou Nights and The Lady Smut Book of Dark Desires.