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EvMaroon wrote a great post for Bitch Blogs about fictional political tropes. Many of these are featured in The West Wing!

(Obviously, there will be spoilers for any and all seasons.)

1. The Evil Vice President Who Can't Wait to Get a Promotion
Check. We got this in spades with Hoynes, who never wanted to be VP in the first place.

2. The Self Sacrificing Secret Service Agent
EvMaroon mentions Mark Harmon, who played Simon Donovan. But there is also Molly, the poor red shirt who dies protecting Zoey, and she doesn't even get much airtime.

3. The Loyal Adviser/Old Friend Who Cuts Corners/Turns Evil
Hmmm, I'm not sure what's meant by cutting corners. Do you think that the last season plot with Toby and the space shuttle counts here? He's not evil, but it is a betrayal.

4. The Long-Suffering Wife
EvMaroon says Mrs. Bartlett has covered this so well that no others can compare. I think so!

5.Power Hungry Politician
I'd count Hoynes here again! There are probably also a lot of guest characters and others who fit, but I can't think of them off the top of my head. Who else is there?

6. The Fake Candidate
I can't think of any in West Wing. Anyone?

7. The Non-White or Female President as Harbinger of Doom
Who knows, maybe the year after Santos is elected there is an epic apocalypse. Somehow I don't think so. This is just one trope WW couldn't cover.

Are there others not covered here? What's your favorite WW trope?

Exceptionally Overanalytical Suggestions Ahoy

Date: 2010-06-29 05:54 am (UTC)
amadi: Text icon reading: "I'm sorry Mr. President you want to answer your own question, didn't you?" (West Wing)
From: [personal profile] amadi
2 could also apply to Gina Toscano, who saves Zoey's life and ostensibly others by pointing out the guns at Rosslyn early enough that people were already getting under cover before the shots were fired, but then disappeared by the end of "In The Shadow of Two Gunmen Pt. 2" and maybe also to Ron Butterfield, who took a bullet at Rosslyn too.

3 could also be Leo, toward the end, where he demonstrably broke stride with the President so much that he was fired. Re-hired in another role, but fired first.

4 Jenny McGarry would be a "suffering" wife, but she didn't last long. Andy Wyatt would also qualify, perhaps more as "long-suffering partner even after the legal relationship was dissolved." If we expand it to the full realm of partnerships, no relationship could qualify more strongly than Josh and Donna's, and given how he treated her right till the point where she got blown up to prove to him that she was worth more than fetching coffee and making phone calls, she is definitely long-suffering.

5 would also easily refer to Hatley, the pipsqueak Speaker of the House who wouldn't bring the Republicans on board on the budget, prompting the events of Shutdown. (Bartlet taking a walk up to the Capitol, that was such a beautiful piece of politics.) I think maybe it'd also apply to Glenallen Walken, the brief Acting President, who was all too happy to start committing acts of war as soon as he was sworn in.

6 In the episode "Drought Conditions" we're introduced to a fairly radical female democrat who's entered the nomination fight with Santos, clearly as a spoiler candidate with no hope of winning, her name was Ricky Rafferty, she was played by Mel Harris. It was a one episode thing, but since she never had thought or even intention of winning, fake candidate sounds right to me. Also with the noise about them running or not running at various times, Stackhouse and Baker would also qualify to some extent.

7 not a president or candidate, but seeing how she was the catalyst for all manner of Big Bad Things for the first four seasons of the show, would it be fair to say that Zoey Bartlet is a Harbinger of Doom?
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From: [personal profile] twtd
See, I thought they were trying to portray Walken in a much more sympathetic light than that, basically that he had honorable intentions, but he simply thought about the world in a completely different way than the main characters. Though some of his aides leaned that way.

If I was going for ruthless politician, I'd go for Ann Stark completely playing on Toby's friendship then screwing him over.
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From: [personal profile] amadi
Oooh, Ann Stark! I'd forgotten about her. Excellent suggestion, indeed!

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