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The real world's Josh Lyman...?

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    Kalah_

    [1]Aug 13, 2007
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    Just saw Karl Rove is leaving the White House, and though he denies it thus far, BBC speculates that he could be on his way to groom a new Republican candidate for the 2008 election. This made me think of Josh, who was one of the most (if not the most) important presidential advisors during the Bartlet administrations, and who started grooming Matt Santos for the election.

    Any other real world political advisors out there who could be compared to people in The West Wing?

    I was thinking of Hillary Clinton's advisor/pollster Mark Penn; that he could be compared to people like Bruno Gianelli or Joey Lucas... any other views?

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    lovemj

    [2]Aug 19, 2007
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    I always though of Bruno as being like James Carville - strictly there to win campaigns.
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    jamoon2006

    [3]Aug 22, 2007
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    I'd liken Sam to somebody like George Stephanopoulos ...someone who started out with the campaign and then went on to other things, but still remained a figure in politics. (Of course maybe Dick Morris is more like Sam, given their predeliction for prostitutes!)

    David Gergen is a real-life figure who I can see a lot of in Leo and Toby - the political lifers. But I'd say former Clinton White House COS Leon Panetta or John Podesta are very Leo-esque.

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    reillychica

    [4]Aug 26, 2007
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    I've actually heard that Sam was supposed to be modeled after Stephanopolous (sp?)...
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    Kalah_

    [5]Nov 5, 2008
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    More "The West Wing meets the real world" stuff:

    - Obama the underdog minority candidate went all the way, just like Santos

    - Obama's grandma died just before the election; so did Leo McGarry, and so did Josh's father (Illinois primary).

    - Josh was partly based on Rahm Emanuel, who is now rumoured to be wanted for Obama's Chief of Staff

    Edited on 11/05/2008 3:18pm
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    heraclesuk

    [6]Nov 30, 2008
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    If the new man Rahm Emanuel is like the Josh in "Five votes Down" some congressmen better watch out.
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    rostov007

    [7]Sep 1, 2010
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    Bruno is Dick Morris, no doubt in my mind.

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