Everyone remembers the seventh season of “The West Wing,” right? A young, charismatic, relatively inexperienced member of Congress, who happens to be part of a minority group, endures through a lengthy and contentious Democratic primary season, and defies the odds against a better known and better tested party favorite to win the nomination. Waiting for him is an older Republican senator from out west, who’s occasionally rankled various constituencies in his own party.Nope, Steve, you’re not the only one. Let’s just hope those parallels don’t continue, however, for in the TV series, Democrat Santos won the presidency--but McGarry perished from a heart attack shortly before Election Day.
Ring a bell?
And what, pray tell, does the captivating Democratic candidate do when it comes time to pick a running mate? He chooses an older member of the party establishment [Leo McGarry, played by John Spencer], with a background in foreign policy, who helps bring heft to the ticket.
Sure, the parallels are far from exact, but am I the only one who thought of this?
READ MORE: “Biden: A Senate Stalwart Who Bounced Back,” by Patrick Healy and Michael Luo (The New York Times); “Joe Biden: Obama’s Cheney?,” by Jacob Heilbrunn (The Huffington Post).