Al Sharpton Rendered Inane During Tussle with GOP Congressman

Granted, you may not have noticed any difference.

The Rev. Al Sharpton did his part for Republicans last night by arguing with one of them.

Sharpton, heir apparent to the 6-7 p.m. slot on MSNBC, tried to get the better of Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., and ran into the immovable object of a smarter opponent.

Here's how their exchange ended, with Sharpton criticizing Mulvaney for opposing higher taxes to reach a deal on the debt ceiling (video after page break) --

SHARPTON: When Bush came in, we were in a surplus. When he left, we were in a deficit. Congressman, if you stand up to the rich, just like you said you'd stand up with defense, then you and I can, I'd come to South Carolina and help you out. I'd endorse your opponent in the next Republican primary. Thank you, congressman (waves arm in dismissive flourish) ...

MULVANEY: Reverend, tell us, Reverend ...

SHARPTON: I've got to go.

MULVANEY:  Reverend, tell me if those were the same tax incr-, tax cuts that Obama supported last year.

SHARPTON (pause, befuddlement setting in): I don't care who supported 'em. I don't and you shouldn't, so let's be on the same side of the American people, not the rich.

Translation: You make a valid point and I can't refute it, so I'll feign indifference instead. Clearly it was too difficult for Sharpton to bring himself to say -- fair enough, congressman.

Somewhere Cenk Uygur is smiling.

Jack Coleman
Liberated ex-liberal from the People's Republic of Massachusetts