Daily Kos :: Bush White House Is Pissed At "The West Wing" - Script too real

Bush White House Is Pissed At "The West Wing"
by Rimjob

Mon Apr 4th, 2005 at 12:17:54 CDT

...According to Washington Whispers, the Bush people are upset witht the depiction of religion on a recent show, & believe it was a swipe at George W. Bush...
...White House and GOP insiders say they feel like suckers after falsely believing President Bush 's re-election would be met with acceptance from Hollywood. Their tip: Last month's West Wing episode in which the Alan Alda character blasted pols who use religion for political advantage. "Just when Hollywood was trying to get back in our good graces," said one insider, "they used that offensive script." Bushies think the script was targeting their boss. But Lawrence O'Donnell, a former Democratic Hill staffer, tells us he was just writing a good story, and he adds that the Alda character is a Republican presidential candidate. Then he let Bush have it. "If the White House worries that when that subject comes up it is somehow aimed at the president, well, you know, who told them to use religion in campaigning so much?" asks O'Donnell...

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...For those that haven't been following the show this season, the Republican nominee to replace President Bartlet is a pro-choice Senator from California, Arnie Vinick (portrayed by Alan Alda). In an episode entitled "In God We Trust", Vinick's chief rival in the primary, a fundamentalist Reverend (ala Pat Robertson), drops out & refuses to be considered for the Republican VP nomination because of Vinick's pro-choice stance.

However, the Reverend invites Vinick to "worship" at his church on sunday. This is a problem since Vinick hasn't been to church in years, and the press is starting to smell controversy. It is revealed toward the end of the episode that Vinick is somewhere between an Agnostic & an Atheist. When confronted by the press he says this...
Senator Vinick: "Look...I respect Reverend Butler, & I respect his church too much to use it for my own political purposes. That's exactly what I would be doing If I went down there this sunday. The truth is that it would be an act of political phoniness. I may be wrong but I supspect our churches have enough political phonies in them."

Reporter: "Senator, do you or do you not..."

Senator Vinick: "I don't see how we can have a seperation of Church & State in this government, if you have to pass a religious test, to get in this government. And I want to warn everyone in the press & all the voters out there, If you demand expressions of Religious Faith from politicians, you are just begging to be lied to. They won't all lie to you, but a lot of them will, and it will be the easiest lie they ever had to tell to get your votes. So every day until the end of this campaign, I will answer any question anyone has on government, but if you have a quesion on Religion...Please go to church. Thank You."

...The above dialogue is what pissed off the White House.

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