Tortured Football Analogy: Ed Schultz Compares Obama to Auburn; Republicans are Alabama
Perhaps the White House told Ed Schultz to compare the administration to a powerhouse football team? On Monday's MSNBC program, the liberal host offered a tortured analogy: Barack Obama is just like the University of Auburn's football team and the Republicans are the defeated Alabama. Schultz even replayed Saturday's exciting final play, swapping out player Chris Davis for the President: "Holy smokes, we've got a return by ObamaCare! This is Chris Davis. He's a believer! He's got all those Obama blockers out there!" [MP3 audio here.]
Screaming as he narrated the game's final seconds, Schultz continued with his fantasy interpretation: "It's going to work! It's going to work! Look at ObamaCare! It's going to work! They ain't giving up. One hundred and nine yards in Jordan Harris stadium!" Considering his disdain for conservatives, the host leveled his harshest comparison at Alabama: "Even the arrogance of Alabama, who thinks they can beat everybody anywhere, any time, any day, even with one second left, they think they're going to get it to you. And that's where they're just like the Republicans!"
In an example of projecting, Schultz sneered at conservatives: "They are simply taking their ObamaCare talking points to the next level...The Sunday talks show were filled with a whole bunch of new bogus GOP talking points."
This is the same Ed Schultz who visited the White House on November 21 to hear the administration's latest talking points.
The oddest moment came when Schultz compared, "I mean, they have kind of had everything their way, kind of like the Republicans in recent years, you know? They just stop everything, you know?"
Republicans have had "everything" go their way? Is Obama not President? Did ObamaCare not pass a Democratically controlled Congress?
A partial transcript of the December 2 segment is below:
ED SCHULTZ: Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Ooh, Nellie, we had some football games over the weekend, didn't we? You know, there really is no greater rivalry than Alabama/Auburn. You know, Alabama has been awesome. I mean, they've kind of had everything their way, kind of like the Republicans in recent years, you know? They just stop everything, you know? You just can't score on these guys. And, of course, Alabama thinks nobody is going to score on them. Heck, they're Alabama. They're going to go for their third straight national championship, they thought. In fact, they are so confident, they thought with just one second left, they could put a bunch of fat guys out there on the offensive line that don't know how to recover kicks, and try a field goal. But wait a minute. You see Auburn, If you're for ObamaCare, you've got to play like Auburn. You got to play every play. You can't ever give up. You just got to keep going. So here's what happened: Alabama decides to try a field goal to win the doggone thing. Of course, overtime isn't an option for Alabama. They're Alabama.
So this is what happens: The kid lines up, and they try a 57-yard field goal. [Starts narrating the final seconds of the game.] Oh, Nellie, we are down to the wire here. This is going to be short off to the right a little bit and what have we got? Holy smokes, we've got a return by ObamaCare! This is Chris Davis. He's a believer! He's got all those Obama blockers out there. He's going to go all the way! It's going to work! It's going to work! Look at ObamaCare! It's going to work! They ain't giving up. 109 yards in Jordan Harris stadium! 87,000 fans loving every bit of it, and guess what, four times that many people went to the website and signed up today. You see that?
Liberals, Democrats, progressives, believers in ObamaCare. Don't ever give up. It's never over. Even the arrogance of Alabama who thinks they can beat everybody anywhere, any time, any day. Even with one second left, they think they're going to get it to you. And that's where they're just like the Republicans! They never give up. So here we are. It's the beginning of December and ObamaCare, son of a gun, is working better than ever. Made the deadline, didn't they? But, you know, this news hasn't stopped the Republican plot to take your health care away. Healthcare.Gov, of course it got off to a rocky rollout, no doubt about that. The website is now running at 90 percent of its intended speed and these folks, they're not happy about that at all. This means that the website can handle 50,000 simultaneous users and up to 800,000 visits a day.
SCHULTZ: This has Republicans kind of in a tight spot. They are simply taking their ObamaCare talking points to the next level. All you have to do is watch the Sunday show. The Sunday talks show were filled with a whole bunch of new bogus GOP talking points.
— Scott Whitlock is Senior News Analyst at the Media Research Center. Follow Scott Whitlock on Twitter.