“Naivety and evil are not quite the same thing, and there is a question of context here.”
Yep. Much like stupidity and narcissism aren’t the same thing, but often produce end results that are indistinguishable (cough, private email server).
I do believe Maddow is intelligent, much like I believe Limbaugh is intelligent, which is why I find both so despicable.
“Have some relative outriders been sucked back into the machine?”
I don’t think they’ve been completely sucked back into the machine so much as they’ve acknowledged that the machine will eradicate them if they don’t play along on certain issues. Much like Warren backing Clinton, but almost exclusively as an alternative to Trump instead of on HRC’s own merits.