I've added a "Saturday Update" to my post last night about the power-mongering religious cult the Family, which included Rachel Maddow's riveting Thursday-night segment, with guest Jeff Sharlet, who literally wrote the book on the subject.
Rachel herself was so overwhelmed by the subject that she felt compelled to do a follow-up segment last night, with Jeff Sharlet back, focusing on the weird system of "life coaching" apparently practiced among the members. She's especially taken with the newly revealed tale of Sen. John Ensign being browbeaten by his Family coaches (including, most famously, OK nutjob Sen. Tom Coburn) to break off his affair, even forcing him to write a letter to his heartthrob breaking it off and then dragging him to FedEx to send it -- except that the wily adulterer managed to sneak off to a telephone to call the lovely Cindy to tell her to pay no attention to the letter, and flew out to, um, "be" with her.
Come to think of it, Keith Olbermann also went wild over this story, and was in fact driven to a new installment of his, er, legendary Puppet Theater (there's also a follow-up with interview with Margaret Carlson on the political ramifications, which she thinks will now be dire):
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Here's what I'm wondering: Do you think "Shut up, Coburn" is going to be the next big catch phrase?
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