Poor Al Sharpton: it would be so much easier to take issues-related calls during his syndicated talk show, but every time he sticks his toe in the water, along comes a shark to bite it right off.
While the reverend would prefer to stick to upbeat messages about Obama and the Democrats, his listening audience would much rather vent their rage. They've made it clear they've supported the president in the past.
Over time, he's seemingly pulled back on topical call-ins as a result (other segments dedicated to prophetic readings and non-political chatter remain).
We've been tracking this fascinating trend for over a year, with each example revealing his increasing frustration with the futility of trying to keep a happy face on the Obama years.
From Tuesday's show, here's one self-described Sharpton fan furious with Chicago's Democratic machine, which he describes as "abusive".