Mood: not sure
Topic: "Santos v. Vinnick"
Jimmy Smits and Alan Alda face off for the Presidency on "The West Wing," but not until next season. Two "middle ground" honest men, competing for the most powerful electoral office in the History of Man, which, Frodo supposes, is what we all want in the real world. Eisenhower-Stevenson, Kennedy-Nixon, Carter-Ford, Clinton-Dole were all real elections where nobody really "hated" the other guy; and now they all seem so long ago.
Frodo has a friend to whom he has recommended the pathos of "The West Wing." His friend refuses to watch the show, and refers to it as "The Left Wing." He refuses to view anything that sympathetically presents a position which does not support his opinion. This has given Frodo great pause regarding his own biases.
Frodo cannot stand to be in the same room when George W. Bush is on the television. Frodo watches Fox News , although not regularly, simply to hear what the other side has to say. Frodo will not watch any movie with Charlton Heston, but John Wayne is not to be missed. Frodo liked the "Dixie Chicks" long before their political views became known, and he has always considered Travis Tritt a no-talent retro hillbilly. Frodo read "The Conscience of a Conservative" before he read "Profiles in Courage." Frodo truly believes that if his friend recommended a show to him, he would watch it, at least once. His friend would argue that there is no such show to be recommended because of "liberal bias."
Toby, in Frodo's favorite episode of "The West Wing," is notified by the FBI that his business card was found on a deceased homeless man in Washington. They discover that the man's coat was one that Toby had donated to a charity, and that his business card had been left in a pocket. Toby notices that the homeless man had a US Marine tattoo, and subsequently that he was a veteran. Of his own accord, Toby arranges a military funeral at Arlington for this former soldier. Since it is winter, the music to the "Little Drummer Boy" plays while the 21-gun salute is given to the homeless veteran of Korea. It is great TV, great drama, and a great theme for us all.
My friend won't watch the show.
He may be my friend, but he is a fool.