Turkey Day Talking Points with Shields and Brooks

BY Justin Scuiletti  November 22, 2012 at 12:40 PM EDT

Need some talking points to get through your holiday dinner? Need a comeback for your uncle who has wildly different views on health care and the fiscal cliff, or your brother-in-law, who had the other guy’s name on his lawn signs? Want to sound super smart? Let us help you.

We’ve compiled the best talking points from Mark Shields, David Brooks and special guest Michael Gerson from three of the biggest political issues of the past year–the Presidential election, the fiscal cliff, and the Supreme Court’s health care ruling–to give you a good starting point no matter which side you’re on.

Think of it as a guide to taking the Shields and Brooks approach to the fiery issues. Not that there’s anything wrong with throwing the sweet potatoes rather than passing them. In honor of the heated holiday argument, we applaud that too.