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16 April 2006 @ 01:56 pm
A Radical Idea for West Wing  
Warning: last week spoilers.

As anyone who watched last week will know, Leo died on election day. (Doubly sad because we all know the actor passed away.) They didn't have time to go very far into what to do, which I've read isn't even covered by the constitution. One idea is to treat it like you would when a VP dies in office and choose a replacement.

The election was razor thin and came down to 30 thousand votes in Nevada. We all know how divided the country is, in real life and on West Wing.

My idea: Santos should ask Vinnick to be the VP in order to unite the country in a time of war. (Not our war, they just sent peacekeepers into a country I can't spell (Khazakstan?) in order to keep Russia and China from duking it out.)

Vinnick is a model moderate Republican who has repeatedly demonstrated statesmanship in refusing to descend to cheap shots and politics as usual during the campaign. If there were more Republicans like that I wouldn't live in fear of them getting elected president as I do now. I think the moderate wing of the party would be strengthened by such an act, I think the Democrats would demonstrate that they can put the country's welfare ahead of partisan politics, and in WW land they took back the house and are just slightly under in the Senate, so it would certainly help them push legislation through.

I haven't seen tonight's episode so I don't know what they'll actually do, or even if it will just focus on Leo's funeral, but this is what I think would hold the most dramatic impact as well as be politically feasible. I'd love to watch West Wing continue with such a dynamic, frankly. But I know that's not possible.

What do you think? I'm usually pretty partisan and am surprised to come up with the idea, but I think it's a good one.

Mari Adkinsmariadkins on April 16th, 2006 09:11 pm (UTC)
Oh I absolutely bawled when I found out John had passed away, and I bawled all through last week's episode. I don't know if I can even watch tonight's. But I'm going out for coffee with friends - maybe I won't make it home in time?

Santos should ask Vinnick to be the VP in order to unite the country in a time of war Now that's interesting.

I'd love to watch West Wing continue with such a dynamic, frankly. But I know that's not possible. I'm sad that this is their last season. :(
Tapatitapati on April 18th, 2006 01:57 am (UTC)

of course they're not going with my idea, and the Dems are also thinking ahead to the next campaign four years in the future. So they are considering Baker, the guy that dropped out when his wife's having been in counseling was leaked to the press.

The episode was a pretty good tribute and we got to see characters we haven't seen in awhile, and follow some of our favorites more closely. It made me cry for a bit but then it got lighter.
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on April 18th, 2006 03:43 pm (UTC)
I was glad to see Charlie. I've missed Charlie. Isn't he on "The OC" now? I watch NBC exclusively, when I do have the tv on, so ...
Tapatitapati on April 18th, 2006 06:51 pm (UTC)
I've never watched the O.C.

Rob Lowe is coming back too! I've missed his character. It looks (spoiler) like he's going to be asked to be deputy chief of staff...but I was kinda hoping Donna would be offered that. Lord knows she could do it in her sleep. She'd better get offered SOME plum job!
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on April 24th, 2006 01:14 am (UTC)
I think this is what they're going to do!! Going by the previews, of course.
Tapatitapati on May 4th, 2006 10:32 pm (UTC)
Last episode showed Vinnick being asked to be VP and then offered Secretary of State! My husband keeps telling me I should write for tv, but I know nothing about script writing. Plus I hear with the reality tv craze there are a lot of out of work writers in tv land these days.