The West Wing

Season 1 Episode 19

Let Bartlet Be Bartlet

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Apr 26, 2000 on NBC

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  • President Bartlett takes a stand.

    This series is no doubt a television classic but viewers will also no doubt exhibit a certain amount of frustration with the administration as they themselves, the characters on the show, face all that is politics in order to stay in the game, in order to get reelected, in order to achieve small successes. As most politicians, they've found it difficult to stick to campaign promises. They went against current by nominating Mendoza and faced their 'day of jubilee' when he was confirmed but little, up to date, has given us that same sense of victory. It's been compromise after compromise. The gun law, the ethanol tax, death penalty, it's real life but not exactly inspiring. Perhaps the discussion today on campaign finance reform and the FEC wasn't the most exciting but Bartlett's admission that he's been in neutral and his exchange with Leo-it was the flood waters breaking loose. They all serve at the pleasure of the president and he wants to take the gloves off. A little light is also shed on the failings of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy. Kudos to the writers for the shift in story and hurrah to the senior white house staff for their policy change. Let Bartlett be Bartlett.