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How Liberals Fell In Love With The West Wing – Current Affairs | Culture & Politics
" Anyone with substantively progressive political values would be horrified by a liberal president’s appointment of an Antonin Scalia-style textualist to the Supreme Court. But if your values are procedural, based more on the manner in which people conduct themselves rather than the consequences they actually bring about...Through its idealized rendering of American politics and its institutions, The West Wing offers a comforting avenue of escape from the grim and often dystopian reality of the present. If the show, despite its age, has continued to find favor and relevance among liberals, Democrats, and assorted Beltway acolytes alike, it is because it reflects and affirms their worldview with greater fidelity and catharsis than any of its contemporaries.
But if anything gives that worldview pause, it should be the events of the past eight years. Liberals got a real life Josiah Bartlet in the figure of Barack Obama, a charismatic and stylish politician elected on a populist wave. But Obama’s soaring speeches, quintessentially presidential affect, and deference to procedure did little to fundamentally improve the country or prevent his Republican rivals from storming the Congressional barricades at their first opportunity. Confronted by a mercurial TV personality bent on transgressing every norm and truism of Beltway thinking, Democrats responded by exhaustively informing voters of his indecency and hypocrisy, attempting to destroy him countless times with his own logic, but ultimately leaving him completely intact. They smugly taxonomized as “smart” and “dumb” the very electorate they needed to win over, and retreated into an ideological fever dream in which political success doesn’t come from organizing and building power, but from having the most polished arguments and the most detailed policy statements. If you can just crush Trump in the debates, as Bartlet did to Richie, then you’ve won."
thewestwing  aaronsorkin  politics  usa  power  lukesavage 
april 2017 by arosner
somehowunbroken: take it from day to day [strome/marner]
(20,172 words) Mitch's week starts with a two-inch-high stack of papers and a really pissed-off Dylan Strome. Seriously, Mondays.
strome/marner  fic  thewestwing 
march 2017 by mariannoodle
alethia: worthy of trust and confidence [brad/nate]
(41,427 words) "Mr. Vice President, I believe you might be familiar with Special Agent Colbert."

The world stilled.

And in walked Brad. Black suit. Black tie. Perfect.
brad/nate  fic  genkill  thewestwing  crossover  toread 
december 2016 by mariannoodle
We the people by magneticwave
“I’m sorry,” Poe says, fifteen minutes into the sitrep in Mothma’s office, “can you repeat everything that you just said, but slower? Maybe try words with fewer syllables.”
Mothma, austere as ever in a silver pantsuit and her Rachel Maddow haircut, leans back against her desk and says, “The First Gentleman punched Greedo Baxter in the face this morning.”
starwars  a:magneticwave  thewestwing  fusion  AU  FANFIC  @AO3  PoeDameron/Finn  Han/Leia  short:1.000-6.000 
december 2016 by endeniem
Read the Letter Aaron Sorkin Wrote His Daughter After Donald Trump Was Elected President
"Well the world changed late last night in a way I couldn’t protect us from. That’s a terrible feeling for a father. I won’t sugarcoat it—this is truly horrible. It’s hardly the first time my candidate didn’t win (in fact it’s the sixth time) but it is the first time that a thoroughly incompetent pig with dangerous ideas, a serious psychiatric disorder, no knowledge of the world and no curiosity to learn has.

And it wasn’t just Donald Trump who won last night—it was his supporters too. The Klan won last night. White nationalists. Sexists, racists and buffoons. Angry young white men who think rap music and Cinco de Mayo are a threat to their way of life (or are the reason for their way of life) have been given cause to celebrate. Men who have no right to call themselves that and who think that women who aspire to more than looking hot are shrill, ugly, and otherwise worthy of our scorn rather than our admiration struck a blow for misogynistic shitheads everywhere. Hate was given hope. Abject dumbness was glamorized as being “the fresh voice of an outsider” who’s going to “shake things up.” (Did anyone bother to ask how? Is he going to re-arrange the chairs in the Roosevelt Room?) For the next four years, the President of the United States, the same office held by Washington and Jefferson, Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt, F.D.R., J.F.K. and Barack Obama, will be held by a man-boy who’ll spend his hours exacting Twitter vengeance against all who criticize him (and those numbers will be legion). We’ve embarrassed ourselves in front of our children and the world."
globalisation  thewestwing  trump  usa  politics 
november 2016 by colm.mcmullan
RT : Looks like a lot of Twitter already recognized the thing I just screamed at in recognition.
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august 2016 by kohlmannj
Mad Men to Seinfeld – TV's most criminally overrated shows | Television & radio | The Guardian
Friends? Six haircuts and no laughs. This Is England? Am-dram. Mad Men? Pretentious soap. Seinfeld? Thinner than bubblegum. Guardian writers debunk TV’s sacred cows
Friends  Seinfeld  MadMen  TheWestWing  Lost  ThisisEngland  DowntonAbbey  BattlesatGalactica  television  overrated  critique  Guardian  2016 
july 2016 by inspiral
Fictional Politics on TV: Comparing the Representations of Political Reality in the U.S. Series The West Wing and the German Series Kanzleramt
It is generally agreed upon that fictional stories can serve as sources for the audience’s perceptions of reality. This also includes the political realm. Our paper examines the fictional representation of politics in the U.S. series
The West Wing and its German adaption, Kanzleramt. The comparative content analysis concentrates on political actors and political themes as key parameters of fictional politics. It investigates whether the national political context is reflected in
the political dramas. Results show a rather small impact of national contexts. This indicates that the logic of fictionalization levels out national differences in shaping fictional politics.

von Cordula Nitsch & Christiane Eilders
Fernsehserien  TheWestWing  Kanzleramt  Politainment 
june 2016 by amprekord
kass: the right thing [bartlet/mcgarry]
(1486 words) "With Abbey in New Hampshire," Jed says slowly, and Leo knows they're both thinking about why she's gone, "nobody here calls me by my name."
bartlet/mcgarry  fic  thewestwing 
may 2016 by mariannoodle
fic_promptly | Monday: caring or service occupations
The West Wing, Sam Seaborne, He'd never intended to serve at the pleasure of the President
TheWestWing  Lonely 
january 2016 by fic_promptly

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