Rachel Maddow loves being trashed by conservatives

Santorum said she peddles "smut," an Ohio Republican called her a "cross dressing lesbian" and she is flattered

Published July 22, 2011 1:23PM (EDT)

In a fundraising letter this week, presidential hopeful Rick Santorum asked supporters for contributions to his campaign so that he can fight "smut" pushed by liberals like Rachel Maddow and Dan Savage -- the man behind Santorum's Google problem.

On her MSNBC show Thursday night, Maddow confessed to being flattered and amused by the name drop and fondly recalled other digs directed her way from conservatives.

She also dinged Santorum's decision to further spread the word about his Google problem in a fundraising letter, noting that, "in effect" the message told supporters "go Google the word Santorum."

Here's the clip, via MSNBC:

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By Natasha Lennard

Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email nlennard@salon.com.

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