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Tuesday, December 07, 2004

The West Wing

The new West Wing is the best thing that ever happened to my Tivo.

The first three seasons were great; I watch them all of the time, for the acting and the drama. Four and five were very good, and Tivo records all appearances of the show. Now, since Leo is out as Chief of Staff and CJ is in, it records the shows, I watch about ten minutes of each, and then I erase it because it is so bad. A soap opera! It is rejuvenating my Tivo!

In the context of the show: Is it likely that a President would promote a press secretary to Chief of Staff? Anybody come to mind from this list: Ron Ziegler, Dee Dee Myers, Marlin Fitzwater, Bill Moyers, Mike McCurry, Joe Lockhart, or Ari Fleischer?

In the context of drama: Could they not find an actor with more than two facial expressions? The only time the character has shown any passion was on the mistreatment of the women of Kuhmar. Remember, the character was formerly a Hollywood spin doctor; she knows nothing of government. That's why she was press secretary! It would be like Shakespeare promoting Harry Potter to Hamlet on the death of the Prince. Mr. Green Jeans was nice, but he was no Captain Kangaroo. Captain Kangaroo was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Captain Kangaroo.

The West Wing is teaching us the value of term limits.


  • At 8:15 PM, Blogger brendalove@gmail.com said…

    Now wait....are you saying you KNEW Captain Kangaroo? Captain Kangaroo was THE MAN. CK, Mr. GJ, Mr. Moose and Bunny Rabbit! I'd give anything to see a couple of those old shows.

    Its pathetic that...as an adult...I'm way more excited by talking about Captain Kangaroo than The West Wing.

  • At 12:37 AM, Blogger Greg Finnegan said…

    It's not pathetic. At least Captain Kangaroo had some values worth discussing. Actually, I was always partial to the lessons I learned from Wile E. Coyote and the Roadrunner. "Mess this up, and the Acme Exploding Widget Co. will get you." -Greg

  • At 8:32 PM, Blogger Greg Finnegan said…

    NEWS: Alan Alda is to be on tonight as a Republican candidate for President. The last time he was President (in Canadian Bacon with John Candy) he surrendered to Canada. Good credentials.


  • At 11:35 AM, Blogger O'Conghaile said…

    Hmmm Interesting observation, and quite true, perhaps we should 'CAN' CJ and bring in somebody with attitude to the position, somebody with real political and acting experience.....
    Jesse Ventura comes to mind.....


    Go the 'Kennedy' route and bring in a 'sibling' of the president, someone with similar looks and attitude to play a younger version of the president, like
    Emilio Estevez, or Charlie Sheen..... nes pa?

    More than that, re-hire the writers from the first two seasons who had a gift for tongue-in-cheek sarchasm and humor.....as well as the drama......



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