[percy-l] The West Wing's comment on Biblical contradictions

marcus at loyno.edu marcus at loyno.edu
Fri Aug 15 12:04:15 EDT 2003

The show I'd like to see would be "West Wing" blended with "The Sopranos." 
Do the characters on WW ever try to destroy each other?  Real players in
real political worlds (and law firms, even university departments) do,

Finally, I knew WP for nearly 20 years and he always had opinions and
reactions that veered from what I was sure he'd say about some issue of the
day, TV program, etc.  His perceptions were very distinctive.  That's why
he was such an interesting person.  I try not to say what WP would say
about this or that, because I remember too many instances when I was sure
he'd weigh in with a particular POV or position, only to discover that he
didn't see something like I thought he would.

Marcus Smith
>Jim, et al -
>    Might be fun to kick around the question: What would WP think about
>Wing? I'll volunteer to go first. 
>    I don't think WP would have liked Bartlett, Toby, Josh, et al any
>than he liked Hawkeye and Trapper John ("Thanatos," page 337 - Farrar
>edition). Talk about your sin of pride. The puffed up little roosters in
>program seem to think that everything in the universe - including the
>of the stars - is determined by what they do. And they want to micromanage

>everything. (Challenge: Name three aspects of daily life the characters on
>Wing haven't at one time or other talked about passing legislation to
>OK, name one.) The program promotes a form of secular humanism - the 
>particularly vacuous Hollywood branch - all directed out of Washington.
Walker was a 
>political liberal for a good deal of his life, but not this branch.  
>     Thanks to a life devoted to avoiding legitimate work, I've put in 
>considerable time working in and around politics. It don't work the way
it's shown 
>on the program. I'm sure other folks like me, who've actually worked in 
>politics, laugh at the show the same way cops laugh at cop shows.
>     I guess the show can be justified as entertainment, if viewers
>that's what it is. LW gives us some snappy and funny lines, and Donna's 
>sweaters have something to be said for them. But beyond that, it's a dead
bang waste 
>of an hour for me.  
>-- Larry        
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