What I wrote at Lib Dem Voice

May 25, 2007

Lessons in liberalism (courtesy The West Wing)

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:


Will said...

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...

Anonymous said...

You should also remember, that the "liberals" in the U.S. aren't quite like the liberals in Europe,

Tom Papworth said...

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