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I don't really follow politics very much anymore. I seem to kinda stay in tune by scanning blog headlines from time to time, but as a whole, I don't keep up with the day-to-day stuff like I did a few years ago.

Well, except for the politics of the Bartlett administration and the Santos and Vinick campaigns. But it's really easy to keep up with that -- it's only an hour a week and my DVR captures it so I can watch it whenever I get around to it.

Having said that, I heard a radio report on the way back to work this afternoon that announced the resignation of someone (Chief Of Staff, maybe?) in the current administration (I think linked to the Vice President) resigning due to something related to the CIA leak. Now, I really don't know a lot about all of the details, but he shouldn't have resigned -- he should have been fired.

That's what Jed Bartlett would have done, anyway.

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rhiannonstone
Oct. 28th, 2005 06:28 pm (UTC)
AM I the only one who has no interest whatsoever in the Santos and Vinick campaigns? I watched the reruns of last season on Bravo to decide if I wanted to start watching this season, and the only thing that made me even vaguely interested was finding out whether or not my suspicions about Toby being the leak were correct. And I didn't even have to watch the show for that, all I had to do was read the recaps at TelevisionWithoutPity.com. :)
rhiannonstone
Oct. 28th, 2005 06:30 pm (UTC)
OK, I do also have to admit that I want Arnie Vinick as my very own President. But other than that I have no interest. :)
drmellow
Oct. 28th, 2005 06:54 pm (UTC)
That's pretty funny -- it was the Santos and Vinick campaigns that brought me back to the show. I used to watch pretty regularly a few years ago, but had quit. With the show bringing on Smits and Alda, however, my interest was piqued and I'm hooked again.
rhiannonstone
Oct. 29th, 2005 12:54 am (UTC)
The only reason I really liked the West Wing was the characters. Now they're all gone or split up or have really nasty-looking mustaches (seriously, Dule Hill, shave that fucking thing off!) and it's just not as fun anymore.
estherchaya
Oct. 28th, 2005 06:31 pm (UTC)
That's what Jed Bartlett would have done, anyway.

Nope. Jed Bartlett would have told him to submit his resignation ASAP.
rhiannonstone
Oct. 28th, 2005 06:35 pm (UTC)
Actually ***SPOILER ALERT*** I believe Pres. B did just fire someone for being a leak in the show.
estherchaya
Oct. 28th, 2005 06:37 pm (UTC)
I sit corrected. I haven't watched the show in ages, though it used to be one of my favorite shows.
drmellow
Oct. 28th, 2005 06:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that was on last week's episode.

***SPOILER ALERT***

It went something like this:

Toby: I have prepared a leter of resignation.
Jed: What is that, like the third one you've attempted to tender?
*silence*
Jed: Rip it up.
Toby: What?
Jed: Rip it up. I can't accept it. I'm going to have to fire you.

I was really digging that scene. And Toby wasn't even indicted yet. So, when I heard about real life indictments today being followed by a resignation instead of a dismissal, I was quite disappointed.
hdn
Oct. 28th, 2005 07:31 pm (UTC)
I'm guessing the difference is that Toby actual admitted a felony. but Scooter is indicted for obstruction of justice and perjury, rather than the leak itself. Besides, you have to declare your allegience to the devil to get fired in this administration.
drmellow
Oct. 28th, 2005 07:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah. True. There is the whole *admission* of guilt instead of just the *accusation*.
hdn
Oct. 28th, 2005 06:51 pm (UTC)
But what would Geena Davis have done?
drmellow
Oct. 28th, 2005 06:55 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure, as I've only watched an episode and a half of her show. But I bet she'd do the opposite of what her protocol advisors told her to do.
christtrekker
Nov. 8th, 2005 02:20 pm (UTC)
I find it hard to understand why we'll follow fictional politics but not RL politics, which are so much more meaningful because they have real impact on our lives. But I'm getting further and further away from watching the boob tube all the time. I understand the rationale many people give for staying away from politics (it's always nasty/mean/depressing/hopeless/etc) but I see the same things as reasons that good people ought to get involved.
drmellow
Nov. 8th, 2005 06:37 pm (UTC)
I used to follow RL national politics, but it became too tedious and I got too fed up with it. Also, when it really gets down to it, there's not a whole lot that happens in national politics that really affects my personal day-to-day living. It took me a long time since moving away from the DC area to really realize that. I tend to keep up with the big ideas and stuff, but let the day-to-day scandals pass by with little notice.

Fictional politics, however, is entertaining. And since it is fictional, it can be entertaining.
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