We’ve generally avoided those year-(and decade-) in-review pieces that usually saturate the media this time of year. But we aren’t knocking anyone who does. Particularly Rachel Maddow, who in the past year has accomplished more as a reporter and pundit that even we could have imagined. And then there’s the little matter of her breaking through a glass closet barrier: Commanding a primetime cable news program, and succeeding at it. Great year, Rach.