‘Cattier and Pettier’ Maddow Fawns Over Biden’s COVID Relief Bill: ‘This Is a Big F-ing Deal’

On Tuesday, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow unabashedly conceded that after four years of a Republican president, “I’m getting cattier and pettier with each passing day.”

Maddow spent over five minutes of her opening monologue gushing about President Biden and his debt-raising, $1.9 trillion Coronavirus-relief bill.Alluding to then-Vice President Biden’s conspicuous excitement at the signing ceremony for the Affordable Care Act in the spring of 2010, Maddow concluded her rant by describing the explicitly partisan bill as “a big F-ing deal.”

Maddow began by analogizing the significance of the (deceptively titled) American Rescue Plan to that of the socialistic Affordable Care Act, known as ObamaCare. She then attacked former President Donald Trump for including his name in the memo section of previous stimulus checks and bashed Republicans for being self-absorbed.

She lauded the new administration’s decision to not include Joe Biden’s name on the check and baselessly claimed that Democratic presidents were “the ones who are all modest.” Obama? Seriously?

Ironically, Maddow then went on a tangent describing all of the ways in which she’d make sure Americans knew the check came from her and her Democratic colleagues, if she were president:

I mean, if I was a Democratic president, I would put my name on that check with like a big hologram on it too. So it like glowed when you open the envelope. I’d make it like one of those greeting cards that plays a song when you pull it out of the envelope and would it sing my name, you know, bling at you, it would sing at you. I would do anything. I would put sequins on the thing. It would be all about remembering, you know, which party made this happen and which party all voted against it. But like I said [LAUGHS], as I develop an increasingly severe case of the O-L-D, I’m getting cattier and pettier with each passing day and Biden is not doing that. It’s why somebody like him is president and nobody asks my advice on these things.

“Get petty for once, it’s okay. This is a big F-ing deal as someone once said,” she declared.

The left-wing host then raved about how House Democrats would be wearing their “Sunday best” as they prepared to vote on the bill. Maddow went on to fawn over the fact that Biden’s COVID-relief bill would “expand” the (already broad) reach of ObamaCare and a substantial amount of money for schools, despite mixed signaling from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on opening schools again.

Maddow never mentioned any of the controversial or far-left aspects of the bill such as the race-based debt relief for farmers. Instead, she praised Democrats and their legislation for its “progressive reach”:

“The big COVID-relief bill that is the first thing the Biden administration and the Democrats in Congress put their shoulders to when they got sworn in just two months ago. And, you know, time will tell how this legislation is viewed over the long haul. But just at face value, it is more wide-reaching, Progressive legislation than anything passed, uh, in generatio—I mean, anything, anything passed by at least the last two Democratic presidents. I mean, legislatively in terms of its Progressive reach, in terms of its reach to make things better for people who need the most help. It is definitely on par with the Affordable Care Act, with Obama Care.”

Whether you thought it a big deal or not, we can all agree that the relief package certainly was an expensive F-ing deal.

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Please click “Expand” to read the entire March 9 transcript:

The Rachel Maddow Show

03/09/2021

09:01 PM Eastern

RACHEL MADDOW: Thanks to you at home for joining us this hour. Happy to have you here. So, tomorrow, Democrats in Washington are going to be wearing their Sunday best. It is a really big, landmark day for them at 9:00 AM, they’re going to start the home stretch final debate to pass the American Rescue Plan. The big COVID-relief bill that is the first thing the Biden administration and the Democrats in Congress put their shoulders to when they got sworn in just two months ago. And, you know, time will tell how this legislation is viewed over the long haul. But just at face value, it is more wide-reaching, Progressive legislation than anything passed, uh, in generatio—I mean, anything, anything passed by at least the last two Democratic presidents. I mean, legislatively in terms of its Progressive reach, in terms of its reach to make things better for people who need the most help. It is definitely on par with the Affordable Care Act, with Obama Care.

But this bill, what the Senate passed this weekend, what the House will pass tomorrow, what President Biden is about to sign, will hit a wider target than the Affordable Care Act ever aimed at. I mean, as huge an accomplishment as that was to reform the absolutely broke and broken U.S. healthcare system, to try to improve it in a fundamental way, this bill is bigger. It’s aiming at more. It will strike what is hoped to be a decisive blow against the pandemic in terms of funding a coherent technocratically skilled national response. Funding everything from testing to the vaccine rollout. We are in the midst of the largest vaccination effort in the history of this country. This is how we’re going to fund it. It will cover all of that. Plus, basic research. Plus, the CDC getting its act together on data and analytics and so much more. It will actually expand the reach of Obamacare. So that for millions of Americans, this thing that’s going to pass tomorrow, it’s going to reduce your health insurance premiums. And actually for the people at the lowest end of the income spectrum, people who have health insurance thanks to the Affordable Care Act, a lot of those folks are going to see their health insurance premiums go to zero, because of this bill passing, tomorrow. 

This bill radically increases access to health insurance in this country. Particularly for the people who can least afford it. It’s expected to cut child poverty in half in this country, through direct aid to families and through big sustained tax credits for families with kids. It’s expected to add seven million jobs to the economy. It’s going to direct $130 billion to U.S. schools. I mean, just take that piece of it. Even if that’s all this bill was doing, especially after what schools have been through this year. Just that school funding alone, that $130 billion for schools alone would have Democrats putting on their best twin sets and shining up their shoes tonight in anticipation of what they’re going to pass tomorrow. Just the school funding alone is a really big deal. For everybody who’s been waiting on the direct stimulus payment that’s going to come as part of this bill. Apparently, if the House passes it, tomorrow, and there isn’t a delay in getting it over to the White House for the President’s signature, those direct, $1,400 payments may start going out next week. People who have direct deposit set up will see the money arrive first—directly in their bank accounts. People who are getting a check instead of direct deposit will get it soon thereafter. 

The White House, today, explained that President Biden is not planning on putting his name anywhere on the check, when those checks go out. And that, you know, probably shouldn’t be a surprise. It’s not his style, really. It’s obviously sort of a petty move for a president to do something like that. But honestly, as I get older, as I live through more and more years of Republican governance, I’m getting more and more petty all the time [LAUGHS] about stuff like this. Um, only because Republican presidents put their name on everything. Democratic presidents are the ones who are all modest, right. I mean, if I was a Democratic president, I would put my name on that check with like a big hologram on it too. So it like glowed when you open the envelope. I’d make it like one of those greeting cards that plays a song when you pull it out of the envelope and would it sing my name, you know, bling at you, it would sing at you. I would do anything. I would put sequins on the thing. It would be all about remembering, you know, which party made this happen and which party all voted against it. But like I said [LAUGHS], as I develop an increasingly severe case of the O-L-D, I’m getting cattier and pettier with each passing day and Biden is not doing that. It’s why somebody like him is president and nobody asks my advice on these things. Get petty for once, it’s okay. This is a big F-ing deal as someone once said. But, tomorrow is going to be a really big day.

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