We move through our days with a certain determination to get back home to watch “West Wing.” Every night, except when we are scheduled for something that runs late, we eat dinner and start a CD from season 3.
Oh, the rest of the world intrudes politely. Our mayor, who I must admit I voted for, is scrabbling to apologize for his sexist actions. I was just as pissed at him about his unilateral judgments on several other issues, but this one is the last straw. 59% of the city wants him out. That percentage will grow. His fiancé quit, and his Chief of Staff resigned Friday. His fellow party members are not so politely asking him to resign. Yup, even the WashingtonPost is reporting our debacle front page.
We watch all the news big and small then pop a disc in. The “West Wing” characters have become as familiar to us as close friends. We cheer for the President, and this season follow the Congressional hearings that so clearly echo the McCarthy hearings. I feel sorry for the young leader of the opposition and understand his feelings for Donna Moss, Josh’s assistant.
I deeply regret the death of John Spencer at 58, the fictional President Bartlett’s Chief of Staff Leo McGarry. He really was an alcoholic and addict. His disease was written into the show from the beginning, and it gave many of us hope that we too could continue on achieving much after getting sober. Every time a new episode begins, I too an addict/alcoholic, mourn his loss.
On weekends we have been watching three episodes a night….silly us. I note that we aren’t the only ones charmed by these scenarios, sucked in by the brilliant writing, and ending up by loving these fictional characters. Now the clean and sober creator of “West Wing,” Aaron Sorkin, has begun to write a new series from a more conservative view point. We don’t have access to this series on HBO, but we can wait. It will be out on DVD eventually.
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