Bartlet for America!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

As I believe many of you know, I love The West Wing. Love. I think it is fascinating. The characters move me. It makes me laugh and cry and stay up past my bedtime to watch "just one more episode" -- even though I've seen them all before. And though I may be a Republican, I am always quick to say that I would vote for Jed Bartlet in a heartbeat. Bartlet for America!

Ok, confession: I'm not sure what I mean when I say I'm a Republican. I'm pretty sure I am one, though. Sometimes The West Wing makes Democratic politics sound so good, but then Ainsley Hayes {the short, cute Republican lawyer who works for President Bartlet} says something and I realize -- wow, I agree with her much more. [And as a side note, I think The West Wing writers & producers are awesome for putting a savvy, smart, funny Republican on the show to give an intelligent voice to the "other side." Another thing to love about TWW!]

Anyway, this exchange made me laugh last night {Season Three, Episode Three, "Ways And Means."} You don't have to know about The West Wing or the characters to think it's funny, you just need to know four things:

1. Donna is a Democrat (works for President Bartlet).
2. Cliff is a Republican.
3. They are on a date. {Actually, I guess this one is kind of insignificant.}
4. Cliff is being sarcastic. {And you'll probably be able to figure this out pretty easily.}

That should be enough background. :)

Donna : "Why are you a Republican?"

Cliff : "Because I hate poor people. I hate them, Donna. They're all so poor, and many of 'em talk funny and don't have proper table manners... my father slaved away at the Fortune 500 company he inherited so that I could go to Choate, Brown and Harvard and see that this country isn't overrun by poor people and lesbians.

No... I'm Republican because I believe in smaller government. This country was founded on the principle of freedom, and freedom stands opposed to constraints. And the bigger the government, the more the constraints."

Donna : "Wow."

Cliff : "You agree with that?"

Donna : "No, it's crap, but you're really cute."


I, for one, don't think what Cliff said is crap! So yes. I want to read up more about different political parties, but I figure I should start with the basics {D vs. R}, because I confess I know very little other than what TWW has taught me. For instance, I wouldn't know what a filibuster was but for The Stackhouse Filibuster (one of my favorite episodes). Luckily, Wes is very smart and teaches me about a lot of things, so maybe I'll start by asking him some questions... once he stops reciting words to himself in Hebrew. {That's kind of a thing this semester.}

And finally, totally unrelated to this post, please click here to learn more about the health of our dear neighbor, Casey {aka: Fred}. Please pray for him and his family. We love those crazy Theules and want to surround them with prayer during this trial!


katy said...

i have never seen an episode of this show. but being that we share common bonds over various shows i believe i would like it as well. i also believe that it is on sale at costco all the time so i may have to invest in season 1.

i have no idea what a filibuster is. the thing is that i don't really care that much. maybe i should start caring. i'll start there and see where it takes me.

Jon said...

I'm eventually going to watch all of TWW. I haven't seen any of it yet, but I'm a huge fan of the short-lived show Sports Night, also written by Aaron Sorkin. He's brilliant. (He also wrote The Social Network.)

Amanda said...

Yeah. I used to be among the Brethren church (paciists who don't get involved with politics) but then I became Southern Baptist, sort of by accident, in a very political church, where we were strongly encouraged to get involved ( So I was kind of shocked that I had to not only read the Bible but ALSO newspapers and blogs and watch Fox News. What?!

I always thought I was a Pro-Life Democrat but now I realize I am more of a Republican because I believe in small government as well.

But I really love Donna. She was definitely one of my favorite characters on the show. And Josh, and Rob Lowe, and of course President Bartlet and Leo. I love the way Donna talks, so intelligent, sarcastic and tactful...? I don't know how to describe how she talks, but I liked it.

Amanda said...

*pacifists, not paciists

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