The Washington Post announced Wednesday that this week, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow would begin writing a monthly column for the publication for the next six months.

An excerpt from her debut:

Unlike the Reagan administration, the first Bush administration and the Clinton administration, the George W. Bush presidency elevated precisely no one to the ranks of national leadership who wasn’t there before. The 2008 Republican presidential primaries were like some odd eight-year cicada hatch in which the candidates went underground in 2000 and then birthed themselves after Bush and Cheney were gone, as if the intervening years had never happened. …

The unpopular presidency of George W. Bush has proved to be a blackball on the résumés of a generation of Republican leaders. Maybe [former Vice President Dick] Cheney’s daughter Liz will break the pattern next year with a successfulSenate bid in Wyoming, but if you made it through that sentence without spitting coffee out your nose, you’re in rare company.