I’ve been re-watching “The West Wing” lately, which can make a guy wistful, if he loves his country.
Most recently, I watched a scene in which Toby presides over a “let’s get serious” meeting with a group of congressmen, including the Republicans who are blocking the Bartlet administration’s effort to allow sampling in the census.
That was a realistic scene, when it was first aired. Such a meeting today would be impossible. The Republicans in the room were raising thoughtful, serious objections to sampling (which even Toby admits privately, after the meeting). Things like that don’t happen anymore. Certainly not with House members.
Anyway, Trey Walker and I haven’t communicated directly in awhile, at least since I was on the opposite side in the 2018 election. But then last night he tweeted:
— Trey Walker (@TreyWalker) February 9, 2024
Well, I had started responding to him before I even saw his followup tweet:
I think it’s a great national tragedy that Leo McGarry is no longer available. I mean that on a lot of levels….
— Brad Warthen (@BradWarthen) February 9, 2024
We would live in such a better world if Leo, and of course, John Spencer, were among us.
EDITOR’S NOTE: We’ve discussed Leo here before, of course. And Bryan posted this transcript of one of his best scenes. I tried and tried to find video of it to include here, but the best I could find was this murky still image. Which reminds us of The West Wing’s one flaw — the White House wasn’t that DARK. Nor are congressional hearing rooms…