From West Wing to the Real Thing

  • GeorgeNJ

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    Feb 22, 2008 8:32 PM GMT
    I know this is connected to gay issues only in the widest sense (ie, the preference of gay people for the democratic party), but of interest:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/feb/21/barackobama.uselections2008

    Article states:Devotees of the West Wing have been talking about it for weeks: the uncanny similarity between the fictional presidential contest that dominated the final seasons of the acclaimed TV show and the real-life drama of this year's election...


    The Similarities:

    Article concludes:Barack Obama v Matt Santos

    Barack Obama

    Young, handsome and charismatic member of Congress, attempts to become America's first non-white president.

    Began political career as a community organiser in a big city (Chicago) before winning first election at local level. Married, with two young children.

    Faced stiff opposition in Democratic primary against occupant of the White House during previous Democratic administration (first lady Hillary Clinton)

    Rivals attack him as inexperienced after just four years in Congress, but triumphs through grassroots support, inspiring speeches and message of change.

    Republican opponent is veteran moderate senator from a western state, unpopular with conservative base (John McCain of Arizona).

    Matt Santos

    Young, handsome and charismatic member of Congress, attempts to become America's first non-white president.

    Began political career as a community organiser in a big city (Houston) before winning first election at local level. Married, with two young children.

    Faced stiff opposition in Democratic primary against occupant of the White House during previous Democratic administration (vice president Bob Russell).

    Rivals attack him as inexperienced after just six years in Congress, but triumphs through grassroots support, inspiring speeches and message of change.

    Republican opponent was veteran moderate senator from a western state, unpopular with conservative base (Arnie Vinick of California).
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    Feb 22, 2008 10:04 PM GMT
    You know I was actually thinking about this. I'm a huge West Wing fan and still watch the show on a regular basis. In part because I do politics for a living.

    It mirrors season six and seven.

    Season six is about Matt Santos versus Bob Russell, a democrat who has a huge base of money and support from the very beginning and seems to be the inevitable democratic nominee. Matt santos in the end gains the moment and wins the nomination.

    Then of course in season seven with Arnold Vinick who does have the same issues as John Mccain. It is quite interesting.
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    Feb 23, 2008 12:54 AM GMT
    Loved West Wing, mourned it's demise. Never thought about the correlation between the show and the real deal. Quite interesting!
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    Feb 23, 2008 5:41 PM GMT
    It's an urban legend that all gay people are Democrats.
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    Feb 23, 2008 5:45 PM GMT
    John43620 saidIt's an urban legend that all gay people are Democrats.


    Right. Approximately 25% of all gay people hate themselves sufficiently to be Republicans.
  • dfrourke

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    Feb 25, 2008 6:19 AM GMT


    It is a fascinating parallel...I LOVED the West Wing...and just hope to find a president willing to repeat this clip:



    - David
  • GeorgeNJ

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    Feb 26, 2008 3:10 AM GMT
    dfrourke, thanks for that video. Very powerful. I only got into WW in its last few yrs on air. Maybe I should rent them from the start.
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    Feb 26, 2008 3:12 AM GMT
    One of the best shows ever.