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Ghost of Aaron Sorkin

Well, I can’t say I’m surprised by this turn of events.

Rarely are we plebes in the cheap seats treated to such high drama, though. Really does feel like a sweeps episode of the West Wing.

Edited to add:

From a second piece from The New York Times, this one an analysis of the day’s events with regard to the two candidates. Boldface mine.

Still, by nightfall, the day provided the younger and less experienced Mr. Obama an opportunity to, in effect, shift roles with Mr. McCain. For a moment, at least, it was Mr. Obama presenting himself as the old hand at consensus building, and as the real face of bipartisan politics.

“What I’ve found, and I think it was confirmed today, is that when you inject presidential politics into delicate negotiations, it’s not necessarily as helpful as it needs to be,” Mr. Obama told reporters Thursday evening. “Just because there is a lot of glare of the spotlight, there’s the potential for posturing or suspicions.”

“When you’re not worrying about who’s getting credit, or who’s getting blamed, then things tend to move forward a little more constructively,” he said.

Ain’t that the truth?

13 Responses to Ghost of Aaron Sorkin

  1. lithera

    Did you see the conversation Sorkin wrote between Obama and Bartlet?

    It was fantastic.

  2. admin

    I did, indeed, I did!

  3. lithera

    Man, that made me smile.

    I miss that show. It gave me warm fuzzies about politics that I didn’t think I could have.

  4. zachary_cole

    Who cares about Washington

    Sorkin has better things to write about.


    ( “17 People” is about as good as television can get. I’m somewhat surprised that TV writers watched that 40 and change minutes of glory and got the nerve to show up for work the next day ;) )

  5. lurkerwithout

    Shoot, beat me to it…

  6. oilyrags

    Right now the only objection I have to the plan “Eat the Rich” is there’s probably not enough to go around.

    This is just ridiculous. We are torpedoing our economic recovery because it helps poor people too much and rich people not enough? Too hell with reading Marx, or Galbraith, or Locke. READ A BIBLE! Think to yourself “Do we want the entire world to view us as a laughingstock?” Try to remember what happened to Mussolini. That’s where you’re taking this, you repulsive (descends into incoherence.)

  7. jeditigger

    I am seriously starting to believe that many of those in favor of McCain and Palin have a hate on for smart people. HOW can they listen to those two and think they can do ANY BETTER than the current Yutz-in-Chief?

  8. gwalla

    Don’t worry, there’s an easy way out of the whole mess!

  9. dewline

    Amused and taught in equal measure, that essay did. I half expect to see Martin Sheen and Senator Obama act it out for the YouTube crowd before this US election’s over and done.

  10. dewline

    Plus, making literal dinner of them’s a poor reward to the sane ones who are working to avert whatever nasty twists the mess still has in store for us all.

    We were warned repeatedly that a rebellion of the Wealthy and Senseless was either in progress or in the planning stages against the rest of us. Keynes and other like-minded souls were simply viewed as treasonous by such planners, as FDR and the like also were.

  11. dewline

    There’s always been a hate on for smart people. Why else invent terms like “Smart aleck”, “smart ass”, “brainiac” and warn kids “don’t get smart with us” when they’re growing up?

  12. dewline

    Amen, friend. I’m thinking of a certain Gordon Pinsent vehicle from back in the 1960′s that I never got to watch, and wishing I could’ve. I wonder if Sorkin ever saw it.

  13. dewline

    “17 People”

    It may be a good thing in the long run that they managed the feat. We’ll have to see how it goes.

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