it ran from 1999 to 2006. it won a record setting 26 emmy awards. it was hailed by critics and fans alike as one of television's best dramatic series ever.
someone in my household got "the west wing" complete box set for christmas. all seven seasons, all 154 episodes. and we're in the throws of watching them all.
as we do, and i marvel at martin sheen as president jed bartlet, i often try to picture one of the current crop of presidential candidates in the scene instead. could hillary clinton deal with the joint chiefs of staff so firmly and clearly? (my gut says...uh...yes.) what about obama? would there have to be someone to coach him along the way? who would be as witty, or as charming? mccain? eh. he'd certainly throw more tantrums (and f-bombs...the show would have to be on hbo.)
okay, it's a television series. but maybe it could help us pick our president. why don't you all come over and we'll watch a few episodes together, and discuss.