I never actually watched an episode of “West Wing”. I think I thought it was an untruthful show. Rightly or wrongly, George Bush was President of the United States and it seemed to me that Democrat supporters in Hollywood (Fux News would say “Hollywood Elite”) got together and created the counter-factual President Bartlett.
That basic untruth never worked for me. In reality USA elected Bush but “West Wing” sold around the world as a more acceptable version of American values. With the election of real life President Obama, fictional Former President Bartlett went into the (fictional?) History Books.
For some reason that I never understood, young political nerds own box sets of “West Wing” and are always quoting from it.
But the best show on TV at the minute, is “Veep” …actually it is now President Selina Meyer. From the British team that brought us “The Thick Of It” (a satire on British political life) we now have a satire on American political life. It is simply brilliant.
“West Wing” might have been a counter-factual version of Art imitating Life. But …if all goes well for the Democrats in November, it will be a case of Life Imitating Art. I cant see a Hillary Clinton White House being very different from a Selina Meyer White House.
When Henry Kissinger got the Nobel Peace Prize…..Satire died (Tom Lehrer)
I beg to differ. “President Hillary Clinton”.