Lessons in liberalism (courtesy The West Wing)

by Stephen Tall on May 25, 2007

Over at CommentCentral, Daniel Finkelstein invites folks to relax on a Friday evening with a classic West Wing clip courtesy of YouTube. It’s an excerpt from the electric Ritchie-Bartlett presidential debate where Jed shows he’s not going to do an Uncle Fluffy.

But it’s not my favourite… Here’s Bruno Gianelli, the political strategist’s political strategist, demanding a bit of kick-ass liberalism. (Ironically, the actor who played Bruno, Ron Silver, switched from the Democrats to the Republicans in the wake of 9/11.)

And finally… here’s one of the best distillations of the conflicting (and often conflicted) philosophies between ‘big government’ Democrats and ‘small government’ Republicans. Take it away Ainsley Hayes and Sam Seaborn:

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3 comments

My favourite Bruno moments are the present he gives to Margaret and his Vinick campaign “election day ritual” 🙂

Now I want to watch loads of West Wing with a takeaway…

by Will on May 25, 2007 at 5:56 pm. Reply #

You should also remember, that the “liberals” in the U.S. aren’t quite like the liberals in Europe,

by Anonymous on May 26, 2007 at 2:23 am. Reply #

The point about liberals failure to rebut the charge of being soft on just about everything is well made, however.

by Tom Papworth on May 28, 2007 at 4:06 pm. Reply #

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