Despite the somewhat shaky nature of Studio 60 and the what happened to the West Wing when he got all coked up and had to leave… I love Aaron Sorkin. He’s probably my favorite Hollywood writer and the sheer force of oratory that he can write for his characters can leave me weak in my knees.
Recently as part of an interview (with the New York Times I believe, but they charge to read their archives so I can’t read the whole thing) Sorkin gave us a glimpse of how he thinks President Josiah Bartlet would knock some sense into Barrack Obama.
Here’s a choice excerpt:
BARTLET: GET ANGRIER! Call them liars, because that’s what they are. Sarah Palin didn’t say “thanks but no thanks” to the Bridge to Nowhere. She just said “Thanks.” You were raised by a single mother on food stamps — where does a guy with eight houses who was legacied into Annapolis get off calling you an elitist? And by the way, if you do nothing else, take that word back. Elite is a good word, it means well above average. I’d ask them what their problem is with excellence. While you’re at it, I want the word “patriot” back. McCain can say that the transcendent issue of our time is the spread of Islamic fanaticism or he can choose a running mate who doesn’t know the Bush doctrine from the Monroe Doctrine, but he can’t do both at the same time and call it patriotic. They have to lie — the truth isn’t their friend right now. Get angry. Mock them mercilessly; they’ve earned it. McCain decried agents of intolerance, then chose a running mate who had to ask if she was allowed to ban books from a public library. It’s not bad enough she thinks the planet Earth was created in six days 6,000 years ago complete with a man, a woman and a talking snake, she wants schools to teach the rest of our kids to deny geology, anthropology, archaeology and common sense too? It’s not bad enough she’s forcing her own daughter into a loveless marriage to a teenage hood, she wants the rest of us to guide our daughters in that direction too? It’s not enough that a woman shouldn’t have the right to choose, it should be the law of the land that she has to carry and deliver her rapist’s baby too? I don’t know whether or not Governor Palin has the tenacity of a pit bull, but I know for sure she’s got the qualifications of one. And you’re worried about seeming angry? You could eat their lunch, make them cry and tell their mamas about it and God himself would call it restrained. There are times when you are simply required to be impolite. There are times when condescension is called for!
God… this says what I want to perfectly that I’ll just leave it at that, except to say this. If you’re a woman, and you vote republican simply because of Sarah Palin, you are a moron. You’d vote for a woman who doesn’t believe in any real feminist issues and in fact wants to overturn Roe v. Wade and believes that abstinence only should still be taught in schools (nevermind that her daughter got knocked up.) Hillary was a self serving wench who got closer to getting the nomination than she had a right to. Having a man of colour in the oval office is at the very least equally as important as having a woman there. Don’t sacrifice your beliefs just to have a woman there. Wait til next time and a solid viable candidate (Nancy Pelosi maybe?,) because Joe Biden won’t get the nomination even if Obama goes 2 terms.