Left-wing host Maddow interviewed Leibovich on his impending cover story for the Times Sunday Magazine, "The First Senator From the Tea Party?" featuring a picture of Republican insurgent Senate candidate Marco Rubio.
Besides profiling Rubio and his expected primary opponent, moderate Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, Leibovich attended a tea party in Orlando which he mined for anecdotes  of heckling, bullying and racism as well as "contempt for the president" (That's a sin the Times never fretted over when left-wing anti-war rallies compared President Bush to Adolf Hitler).
Host Rachel Maddow: "Very briefly, Mark. Are you seeing any signs of a counterrevolution when Jim Greer left with that parting shot at the tea partiers? Anybody that you met in your reporting in Florida for this story think is going to be cheering him on?"
The Times has been marking the death of moderates in the Republican party since at least 1996 . Which of course is why the party nominated stalwart conservatives like Bob Dole and John McCain to run for president.