On Thursday night’s Politics Nation, MSNBC host Al Sharpton wrapped up his show from New Orleans by insisting the Fourth of July is a great day to unload your talking points in defense of Barack Obama. Just like Thanksgiving. And Christmas. And perhaps at weddings and funerals.
“It's a day to celebrate our great are country, to rest, relax and maybe have a barbecue. But you know what that means. Your wacky uncle or your Ted Cruz-loving neighbor or your cousin who watches Fox News all day may swing by for a burger or a dog,” he suggested. “But don't worry. I've got you covered. It's time for Reverend Al's July 4th barbecue tips.”
How lame could the pro-Obama talking points be at this point? Remarkably lame. Sharpton played video clips of the anti-Obama argument and let his allegedly brilliant counter-arguments flow. They're so brilliant conservatives will be grilled like chicken:
SARAH PALIN: Barack Obama is a socialist. He believes in socialism.
MITT ROMNEY: We have a president who wants to turn America into another European-style social welfare state.
MICHELE BACHMANN: President Obama and his socialist policies must be stopped.
AL SHARPTON: Ah, the classic socialist line. But you will have the cold hard facts to go with those. There's been 52 straight months of private sector job growth under President Obama. The United States is on pace for the best year of job creation since 1999. And on Wall Street it was a record-breaking day. The Dow Jones crossed 17,000 for the first time ever. Look at this jobs picture. You can see the surge under President Obama. But as your neighbor digests that, your cousin might start up on health care.
TED CRUZ: Obamacare is the biggest job killer in this country.
BEN CARSON: The worst thing that`s happened in this nation since slavery. And it is in a way. It is slavery.
JOHN BOEHNER: Our position is very clear. And the law is a train wreck.
SHARPTON: First tip, look up and point. The sky is still there. It didn’t fall like conservatives predicted. Over eight million Americans of all ages have signed up. The uninsured rate is at a new low, the lowest since Gallup started tracking in 2008. The Affordable Care Act is not a job killer. Just see the first tip. With that one out of the way, get ready for the fireworks. No, not the ones in the sky. I'm talking about the family fireworks. Uncle Frank might uncork this one.
MARCO RUBIO: Believes somehow that he's become a monarch or an emperor that can basically ignore the law and do whatever he want.
CRUZ: President Obama doesn't want to be bothered with the niceties of democracy and the constitutional system. He just wants to decree it.
BACHMANN: He said that let's make this a year of action and then the declared himself King Obama.
RAND PAUL: I'm afraid that President Obama may have this king complex sort of developing.
SHARPTON: Since the beginning of the 20th century, President Obama has the least amount of executive orders. You can see this chart way at the end is President Obama. And yes, that means less than George W. Bush. So, now you have grilled your conservative friends like you grilled that last piece of chicken. Give them one grand finale by saying, "Nice try, but we got you."