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Saturday, May 13, 2006

Media Research Center Bids Farewell To The West Wing

In celebration, MRC has its list of top ten left-wing scenes from the show. One is the listed scenes is from the episode "The Midterms," which features an infamously ham-handed attempt at parody of Dr. Laura Schlessinger. The scene is mercilessly fisked by Hank Hanegraaf in his article President Bartlet’s Fallacious Diatribe.

The tenth left-wing scene on the list, in contrast to the others, is one that (intentionally) paints liberals in a bad way. It features Deputy Chief-of-Staff Josh Lyman and his assistant Donna Moss.

Donna, played by Janel Moloney, as she and Josh walk down a hallway: "We have a $32 billion budget surplus for the first time in three decades. The Republicans in Congress want to use this money for tax relief, right?"

Josh: "Yes"

Donna: "Essentially what they're saying is we want to give back the money. Why don't we want to give back the money?"

Josh: "Because we're Democrats."

Donna: "But it's not the government's money."

Josh: "Sure it is. It's right there in our bank accounts."

Donna: "That's only because we collected more money than we ended up needing."

Josh: "Isn't it great?"

Donna: "I want my money back."

Josh: "Sorry."

Later, they pick up the argument:

Donna: "What's wrong with me getting my money back?"

Josh: "You won't spend it right."

Donna: "What do you mean?"

Josh: "Let's say your cut of the surplus is $700. I want to take your money, combine it with everybody else's money, and use it to pay down the debt and further endow Social Security. What do you want to do with it?"

Donna: "Buy a DVD player."

Josh: "See."

Donna: "But my $700 is helping employ the people who manufacture and sell DVD players, not to mention the people who manufacture and sell DVDs. It's the natural evolution of the market economy."

Josh: "The problem is the DVD player you buy might be manufactured in Japan."

Donna: "I'll buy an American one."

Josh: "We don't trust you."

Donna: "Why not?"

Josh: "We're Democrats."

Donna, exasperated: "I want my money back."

Josh, snickering: "You shouldn't have voted for us."

The Republicans should play that video clip at the 2008 convention.

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