Rachel Maddow, shameless partisan 

Democrats are awfully concerned about little known cafe owner Tamyra d'Ippolito sneaking on to the ballot as the official Democratic senatorial candidate in Indiana. Obviously, they'd much prefer the White House handpick Evan Bayh's successor. In any event, they were so scared of d'Ippolito getting any publicity to help collect the signatures she needs to get on the ballot today that d'Ippolito claims they resorted to arm twisting:

I just got off the phone with Ms. d’Ippolito, and I can report that it would be pretty bad indeed for Dems if she pulls this off. She alleged in the interview that the “machine” in Indiana is out to get her — and even claimed that the machine had conspired with MSNBC to silence her.

“The machine has asked me to step down,” she said, in a reference to the Indiana Democratic Party. She added that she had been scheduled to be interviewed last night by Rachel Maddow but that, mysteriously, the machine got the interview killed.

“The car was coming,” she recalled. “Fifteen minutes before, I got a call saying, `We’ve cancelled the interview.’”

Ms. d’Ippolito insisted that Indiana Dem party chair Dan Parker, who was also on Maddow yesterday, had gotten the interview nixed. She said she asked MSNBC producers why she wouldn’t be interviewed, and that the reply was: “We can’t tell you.”

“I said, `Okay, whatever,’” she says. “Dan Parker was the only one on the air. Put two and two together.”

Perhaps there's a good reason why her appearence was cancelled. But one can only imagine the hectoring, on-air lecture Ms. Maddow would deliver had a Fox News host appeared to blatantly bow to GOP pressure this way.

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