Last night I was watching the last three in season 4 leading up to Zoe's graduation. I have the complete series and am going in order to show them all to one of my friends... It's my crack, really.
My friend used to be really into West Wing, and a few years ago he made me watch like the first 5 episodes with him. My life hasn't been the same since. (Although I haven't seen most of seasons 5, 6, and 7. But I've seen 1-4 about 10-15 times I'd say.)
Initially, I was torn between the fact it was a decently executed show and the incredibly biased and inspid political commentary it contained. Once Rob Lowe left, the latter won out, and I had to quit watching entirely.
Granted it wasn't especially sophisticated, but I do think it showed liberals at their best--a bunch of people who really think government can and should do something.
The era of big government is over.
You want to cut the line?
I want to change the sentiment. We’re running away from ourselves, and I know we can score points that way. I was the principle architect in that campaign strategy, right along with you, Josh. But we’re here now. Tomorrow night, we do an immense thing. We have to say what we feel. That government, no matter what its failures are in the past, and in times to come, for that matter, the government can be a place where people come together and where no one gets left behind. No one... gets left behind, an instrument of... good. I have no trouble understanding why the line tested well, Josh, but I don’t think that means we should say it. I think that means we should... change it.
And another one...
Why shouldn't I do it?
I think you should. I think ambition is good. I think overreaching is good. I think giving people a vision of government that's more than Social Security checks and debt reduction is good. I think government should be optimistic.
Edit: How about one from Josh, talking about the Lend-Least Act, in regards to loaning Mexico money...
Yeah. Simply put, a loan of arms to Russia and Britain, with the understanding that they'd pay us back when the war was over. And [Roosevelt] said this, he said, "If your neighbor's house is on fire, you don't haggle over the price of your garden hose." There are too many things in the world we can't do. Mexico's on fire. Why help them? Because we can.
Ok I'll stop now